Halal make-up for Muslim brides

Muslim brides in the UK will now have access to Halal make-up, thanks to a business-woman from Birmingham.

Samina Akhter has launched the country’s first range of Halal cosmetics that are free of alcohol and animal products.

Her company Samina Pure Make-up imports the cosmetics from Australia, which are certified by the Halal Certification Authority Australia.

As reported in the BBC, she said: “I was shocked to find that some products contained alcohol and even pig placenta.

“Many Muslim women like me have been frustrated by wanting to look good and follow their faith.”

Since launching the company three months ago, Akhter has already attracted 500 customers.

“We’ve had women say, ‘thank you, now I can use products and pray without having to take the make-up off’,” she added.

The opinion is split between Muslim scholars whether such cosmetics are needed.

I don’t know any Muslim women who have raised concerns about mainstream make-up (my mum, for example, wouldn’t be able to live without it… in fact that goes for all of the women in my family!). But then maybe they aren’t aware that the cosmetics could contravene their beliefs.

Either way, if it makes a woman feel better about herself and the products she uses, isn’t that a good thing?

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