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There is no specific legal requirement for a cosmetic product to be declared as Halal.

Halal is generally used in reference with food, but there is a growing market for cosmetic products to be "Halal". All claims should be true and not misleading according to the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008.

A Halal product is free from certain specified foods, including any human parts or ingredients derived from animals which are forbidden to Muslims; or to use and consume from animals which are not slaughtered according to Shariah. Preparation, processing, storage, equipment use and possible cross-contamination must all be considered.

There are make-up and personal care brands available that are certified as Halal and these should be free of alcohol and animal-derived ingredients. Such brands and products will be labelled as Halal and are usually easily identified by searching 'Halal cosmetics' on the internet. Some organisations offer certification for Halal cosmetic products.

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