ESSEN, Germany— Evonik has become one of the first major cosmetic ingredient players to launch a line of Halal certified cosmetic ingredients targeting Muslim populations worldwide.
Evonik Industries received halal certification by GmbH & Co Kommanditgesellschaft, a partner of the Islamic Centre Hamburg, for its facilities in Essen and Duisburg. The certification ensures that food and drinks, in addition to cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, are permissible according to ritual Islamic regulations.
The company says that the certification came about following a detailed process that included an in depth examination of its plants in Essen and Duisburg, Germany, to ensure that all the production methods were in line with Islamic law.
The certification applies to products manufactured in the two plants, including various esters. The products do not contain additives deemed impure by Islamic law, according to Muslim experts that visited the plants on Nov. 7, 2013.
“With this certification we have achieved an important step to significantly expand our business opportunities for oleo-chemicals based ingredients for personal care in the globally emerging markets, said Dr. Klaus Jenni, senior product compliance manager of Evonik Personal Care.
In order to meet customer requirements in Asia, the Middle East and the Maghreb region Evonik Industries commissioned an examination of its plants in Essen and Duisburg for compliance with Islamic law. As of November 15, 2013, Evonik Industries in Essen and Duisburg are classified as “pure” (tahir) and permitted according to ritual Islamic regulations and therefore evaluated as “halal”.
Evonik Industries in Essen is entitled to use the halal Certificate for the products manufactured there: Cocamidopropyl Betaines, a multitude of Esters (Sorbitan Esters, Glyceryl- and Polyglycerylesters, Glycolesters, Sucrose Esters, Emollient Esters) and Fatty Ethoxylates. In Duisburg the halal Certificate covers various Esters (Glyceryl- and Polyglycerylesters, Sucrose Esters, Emollient Esters) and Zinc Ricinoleates.
This group of products does not contain any additives, which could be qualified as impure (najis) according to Islamic law, are not produced from any impurity (najasat) and do not get in contact with any impurity during the production process. Muslim experts have evaluated this based on the existing list of additives and additional detailed documents as well as the visits of the plants in Essen and Duisburg on November 7, 2013.
Evonik says that the Halal certification covers a wide range of multipurpose ingredients produced at the two facilities, including a range of Esters, Glycolesters, Zince Ricinoleates and Fatty Ethoxylates.
Produced according to what is Halal permissible
To gain the certification, the company had to ensure that the manufacturing process for the ingredient does not include any impurities according to Islamic law, while also ensuing that such impurities will at no point come into contact with any part of the manufacturing process.
Muslim certification experts inspected the facilities last month and inspected the list of materials and additives involved in the production process, before granting the Halal certification, which is formed by several Islamic representative groups in both Germany and Austria.
Halal Cosmetics on the up and up
According to a recent Organic Monitor report, halal products are becoming more popular with international manufacturers and suppliers, and an increasing preference for natural and organic products in the Middle East has seen the sector grow by 20 per cent in 2011.
Last year a report by the University of Malaysia Perlis revealed that as cosmetic companies begin to tap into this significant market, the segment, although noted as doing particularly well in the Middle East, is also growing on a global basis and is estimated as worth between €5bn-€14bn.
The demand is said to be coming from increased consumer knowledge of the ingredients used in halal formulations and the way they are produced, while organic ingredient concepts are thought to be along the same principles