As many of you will know I have been following the rise of the Halal market for some time and it is now my pleasure to share with you some insights from one of this exciting market’s trail blazers, hello Layla Mandi founder of One Pure!

During my research I have received mixed responses to the question “would you seek out Halal cosmetics” from Australia’s muslim community. It seems that our laid back and easy-going nature extends to our religious observance but that may well be about to change.  Certified Halal is a new thing in the cosmetics arena and that is part of the ‘problem’ if you want to call it that. Many of the muslim’s that I surveyed were unsure as to the benefits that this type of certification could offer while others simply weren’t bothered.  However,  a handful of respondents were really excited at the thought of being able to buy cosmetics as easily as they can buy food and for that reason I want to know more!

Layla Mandi founder of OnePure

  • So what exactly is a Halal Cosmetic?

I would say halal certified cosmetics gives muslims certainty the products they use do not contain any ingredients which would conflict with their beliefs *

  • Q) What has been the main challenges that you have faced in putting OnePure together both in terms of sourcing ingredients and in terms of marketing? 

Sourcing the ingredients were not a massive problem because Malaysia has an established halal beauty industry and so I sourced from there. The marketing has been really interesting. I have focused on keeping an educational aspect to my marketing because of the lack of global awareness on the halal beauty industry  but I also wanted it to be luxury so sometimes those two ideas conflict but I think so far so good!

  • Q) Are there any cosmetic products that simply cannot be certified Halal?  (I am thinking about fake tan that you can’t wash off for prayer or hair dyes etc).

Not that I am aware of.  Some people may argue that product X or Y is forbidden because of those reasons but that is an argument beyond me. The product itself could be certified halal.

  • Q) What can Halal cosmetics offer to the mainstream market that other products cant in terms of benefits?

They could be considered ‘purer’ or ‘cleaner’ because of the inspections to become certified.

  • Q) Tell us a little about the best-selling product in your range.

It depends on the market. In the Middle East it is the eye serum and eye cream to alleviate dark circles as dark circles are a primary concern for middle eastern women and no effectively  addressed by international companies. In the east it is the whole whitening range. In Canada it is the eye cream and dryness serum . I tried to offer solutions for women all over the world.

  • Q) What’s next for Onepure and the Halal market as a whole?

OnePure is like a thunder right now and we are rapidly expanding both our availability and our product offerings. We will launch at a fabulous UK department store in September and will offer body care before then end of the year. The halal market as a whole…ugh…it really unfocused, the marketing, packaging, advertising all overall sub-par. I am loudly looking to change that by raising the bar with OnePure. I will only consider OnePure a success when I have competition, like another great halal brand selling at the top stores around the world next to me.

OnePure Cosmaceuticals

So guys, the gauntlet has been laid down, the market is finishing up its appetizers and is looking forward to the main course.  The world is now 23% muslim and the current market is worth an estimated $570 million and rising. Interesting stuff. But the Halal brand doesn’t have to stay within the muslim community as Layla pointed out.  The Halal seal of approval means purity and cleanliness, it often means that the product contains no animal based ingredients and finally it means that the product has an ingredient paper trail to the n’th degree – useful for all of you boffins out there!

Enjoy playing!

* Ingredients that don’t conflict with beliefs would be things like potable ethanol, pork derivatives, animal by-products that were not processed in accordance to Halal protocol, crustacea and many down-stream products based on these ingredients. The exact ‘Halal’ Vs not ‘list’ is best sourced from Standards Malaysia who oversee certification in this area.