Carmine in cosmetics, is it Halal?
So you are probably learning more about cosmetics and what goes into your products (And on your skin),
If you are, you might have learned about a little critter that could be creeping up in your cosmetics: CARMINE!
What is Carmine?
Carmine is a red pigment that is obtained by crushing the dried bodies of female cochineal beetles, and as beetles are insects, and they are not permissible for us to eat as muslims, having them in skin care and cosmetics, would not be the correct thing to do.
But cosmetics are not eaten! - does it really matter?
It does matter when you take into consideration that lipstick gets ingested over time by those of us who wear it, whether you realize it or not, so it is important that all of the products that are in such close contact with our mouths, be pure and made with halal ingredients.
Also, several studies have shown that the skin absorbs the products that are applied to it, with the face having a higher permeability than other parts of the body. So we must try our best to make our cosmetics as clean as we can, so that we can be in a purified state without having haram substances on us.
You can see if products contain Carmine by checking the ingredient list, if you find any of the following names, it means that carmine is used and this product is not halal:
- Cochineal extract
- Natural Red 4
A little more on halal and haraam ingredient, taken from http://halalcertification.ie/halal-food-guidelines/
Halal Food Guidelines
All food are considered Halal except the following (which are Haram)
Food product must be free from all of the following,("and by relation, all products that will come in contact with our skin should also follow these guidelines, and here at Claudia Nour Cosmetics we treat our cosmetics just as we would treat the food that we eat, because both will nourish our body in one way or the other")