Halal Cosmetics, the Optimal Way to Be Beautiful Inside and Outside

Cosmetics are equipment that cannot be separated from women’s lives and skin health. Both its cosmetics have a function for treatment or to enhance your appearance. That is why as consumers, women are demanded to be smart in choosing high-quality cosmetic products. Considering, Islam as a religion that is believed, quality cosmetics means not enough that comes from natural ingredients. However, the halal or not a product is also important to know. Then how is the way to choose halal cosmetics?

1. Using cosmetics products that are guaranteed halal

Check the halal logo outside the packaging when you want to buy a cosmetic product. Make sure the halal logo is MUI. With this logo, the product has been examined and researched by the Assessment Institute for Foods, Drugs, and Cosmetics of the Indonesian Council of Ulama (LPPOM MUI) so that it is certain to be free of contamination from unclean or non-halal materials. At present, many cosmetics are halal MUI certified.

2. Notice the Composition of Main Ingredients

There is no easy way to distinguish between halal and non-halal. The derivative materials used are already so complex, that in addition to halal and non-halal materials, there are materials that are categorized as mashbooh, or need to be explored further (questionable). However, in general, the main ingredients of plants or Botanical ingredients, (herbs, roots, flowers, fruits, leaves, seeds) naturally are halal, except those that have been mixed with enzymes from animals.

3. Not always 100% natural products are halal

Products that are claimed to be 100% derived from natural ingredients; also do not guarantee the halal of these products, because animal extracts are also included as natural. Moreover, cosmetics manufacturers are now increasingly adept at using hidden terms, such as “protein”, to replace “the placenta”. Here are some technical names and patent names commonly found in cosmetic compositions. In general, these ingredients are categorized as mashbooh, because they usually come from animals; allantois (allantois), amino acids, cholesterol, collagen, colors/dye, cysteine (cysteine), elastin, gelatin (gelatin), glycerin (glycerin), hyaluronic acid (hyaluronic acid), hydrolyzed animal protein, keratin, lanolin, lipids, oleic acid (oleic acid), stearic acid (stearic acid), sterile alcohol, tallow (animal fat), vitamin A.

4. Legally Certified

Choose a legal cosmetic product, this is indicated by the inclusion of the registration number in the Food and Drug Supervisory Agency (BPOM). The registration code for local cosmetic products is a CD, while for imported products it has a CL code.

5. Notice the manufacturer’s name and address

The manufacturer’s name and address must be listed on the packaging label indicating easy access for consumers to obtain further information about the product concerned. Including questioning whether or not halal products they produce.

6. Avoid products whose composition is indicated as non-halal

Although cosmetics and body care products are different in nature from food (not entering the body directly), the law remains non-halal (mashbooh/haram). Especially skin care products such as serum or moisturizer, because 60 percent of these products work on the skin and enter the bloodstream. If the product contains alcohol, glycerin from animal origin, or hazardous chemicals, then the ingredients will be absorbed into the body.

But some are coated on the outside of the skin, so they may not be absorbed into the body, and the treatment remains the same. Materials that should be avoided (have been declared haram by LPPOM MUI) are Sodium Heparin and Placenta. Sodium heparin comes from pigs, whereas the placenta usually comes from humans, goats or cows.

Source: Hery Sucipto & Fitria Andayani. 2014. Wisata Syariah : Karakter, Potensi, Prospek dan Tantangannya.. Jakarta (ID): PT Grafindo Media Pratama.

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