Always worried that you don’t quite know what’s in your lippie? Well, Dubai Municipality is promising to help.
The authority’s Dubai Central Laboratory has just launched a new service to verify halal cosmetics and toiletries to give shoppers peace of mind.
Products such as lipsticks, creams and soaps will be checked by scientists to ensure they don’t contain any ingredients – such as pork by-products – not permitted in the Muslim faith.
Testing will use “the best technologies and international practices”, according to state news agency WAM.
“The new service is useful to the customers of these products, traders, statutory and regulatory bodies,” said Amin Ahmed, director of the lab department.
“It is one of the regulatory requirements of the Gulf Standard Specifications, which states that these products are free of pork fat and its derivatives.”
The service was launched amid a growing demand for halal beauty products, with the halal cosmetic market expected to increase in value to US$45 billion by 2020.
Items such as breathable nail polishes, that allow oxygen and moisture through, have been created in recent years, with demand for such products rising over the Holy Month of Ramadan.
“I prefer to use halal products as most of the times, the ingredients in the make-up we use on a daily basis tend to penetrate into our skin or we may consume them without being fully aware,” Dubai beauty and fashion blogger Wafa Yahya says.
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Amara Cosmetics was the first company in North America to provide halal-certified products. Products range from lipsticks to foundation, eyeshadows and mascaras.
Popular Japanese brand Shiseido obtained a halal certification in 2012.
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