Hey guys!! This is a very tricky post and I was so skeptical on writing this because I am in no way, shape, or form an Islamic Scholar. I have recently taken it upon myself to give up products that contain animal by-products or forms of haraam alcohols. I have simply searched these products, along with browsing so many ( like over 50 ) Muslim sites, and this is what I have found. Please always do your own research, along with viewing the websites provided throughout this post. 🙂
Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Shampoo, $4.49 @ CVS
I am currently using this shampoo and I would say it is not awesome, it is just OK. I have used worse shampoos. This shampoo has many pros as well as cons. One pro is that it smells great! It has a very floral scent and your hair smells very clean afterwards. I am always drawn to a good scent, so this matters in a shampoo for me. Unfortunately, this was the only major pro. Now lets start with the cons. The shampoo is very runny so its hard to manage squirting out only a little. Sometimes I end up wasting some since it will literally flow out of my fingers. Another con is that after using the shampoo, your hair has a very weird film on it. I don’t know how to describe this but it’s like an oily residue. I really didn’t like this because it seemed as if even after rinsing my hair a few times, the residue didnt come off. After my hair dried, it wasn’t shiny or sleek. I have used this shampoo in the past, and have come back to this again, so it’s not a new shampoo. The only reason I have come back to this is because, honestly, it is the best shampoo so far that is also affordable. It is also available at every drugstore. If I do find a halaal shampoo I love and can say it’s worth my money, I don’t have an issue paying for it.
Now lets investigate its ingredients. The hard part!! According to Muslim Consumer Group (muslimconsumergroup.com) , this entire line is halaal/musbooh ( meaning it is halaal if no alcohol is found that is declared haraam). So, I glanced at the ingredients and any word that had some form of the word fragrance, parfum, or alcohol was searched.
Here is the list of the ingredients:
1101502 FS9 AQUA/WATER/EAU, SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE, COCO-BETAINE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, LAURETH-5 CARBOXYLIC ACID, COCAMIDE MIPA, AMODIMETHICONE, PARFUM/FRAGRANCE, SODIUM BENZOATE, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, POLYQUATERNIUM-7, PYRUS MALUS FRUIT EXTRACT/APPLE FRUIT EXTRACT, PEG-55 PROPYLENE GLYCOL OLEATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, SALICYLIC ACID, PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, NIACINAMIDE, PYRIDOXINE HCl, HEXYL CINNAMAL, CITRIC ACID, SACCHARUM OFFICINARUM EXTRACT/SUGAR CANE EXTRACT/EXTRAIT DE CANNE A SUCRE, BENZYL ALCOHOL, LINALOOL, AMYL CINNAMAL, ARGANIA SPINOSA KERNEL OIL, HYDROXYPROPYLTRIMONIUM LEMON PROTEIN, TOCOPHEROL, PHENOXYETHANOL, CITRUS LIMON PEEL EXTRACT/LEMON PEEL EXTRACT, LEUCONOSTOC/RADISH ROOT FERMENT FILTRATE, CAMELLIA SINENSIS LEAF EXTRACT, CI 19140/YELLOW 5, CI 14700/RED 4, SODIUM HYDROXIDE. F.I.L.# D191727/1 US PATENTS: 7,514,091; 8,246,941; 8,470,754
Parfum/Fragrance: This is a term that is used when there are many chemicals involved to make the scent of the product. After searching the meanings of what the label meant, I have come to the conclusion that since it is made up of chemicals, not alcohols. This is halaal since there are no alcohols listed under the term parfum/fragrance.
Hexylene Glycol: This is also an ingredient that wouldn’t catch the eye, but after going through terms that are halaal this came up. This is a liquid solvent that helps other ingredients mix that wouldn’t other wise mix. Nothing haraam here.
Benzyl Alcohol: This is an alcohol that is only found in plants and fruits. It is also sometimes found in teas. Not all alcohols are haraam or intoxicating. To understand this logic, please view wellnessmuslimah.com. Her site is so informative for everyone!
Linalool: Although this ingredient wouldn’t stand out to many of us, this is one ingredient that is also a form of alcohol. This is also found in plants and flowers. I learned this term in college, but I don’t remember how. Hmmmmm.
Overall, I would say this is safe to use and halaal.
Abba Color Protection Shampoo, $17.00 @ Ulta
I used this shampoo for six months, along with its conditioner as well. This is a vegan shampoo line that has different types of shampoos/conditioners to cater to all hair types. Since it was vegan, there was no concern of its ingredients, except for the alcohols. Here is the list of ingredients:
Aqua (Water) (Eau), Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, Glycerin, Polyquaternium-10, Glycol Stearate, Glycol Distearate, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Disodium EDTA, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Hydrolyzed Quinoa, Hydrolyzed Barley Protein, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde, Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone.
Glycerin: This is usually a concern since glycerin can be made from animals or plants. Since this is a vegan product, this glycerin is derived from plants. Halaal 100%!
Parfum/fragrance: This is the same ingredient discussed in the shampoo before this, so there is nothing to be worried about here.
I picked up this shampoo at Ulta when they had a sale on shampoos. I was drawn to its scent. No surprise there! It has a very strong coconut smell, which I actually like at that time. This shampoo has a very creamy consistency, which was nice. However, it didn’t lather. I mean I enjoy lathering since it makes the entire shampoo experience amazing. I love bubbles and lather, if you didnt get that already 🙂
The pros are that it does leave your hair soft and less frizzy. But it is so conditioning that the next morning or day, my hair was so oily at the roots. Also, the lovely scent in the beginning somehow smells so nauseating after your hair dries. It literally smelled like vomit mixed with coconut. I don’t care what you mix, but vomit still will smell horrendous. I also didn’t enjoy using this shampoo, since after a month or so, my hair didn’t feel different. After finishing the gigantic bottle, I did not repurchase nor would I ever.
Loreal EverPure Shampoos, $7.99 @ CVS
These shampoos, which I have tried many in this range, are horrible!! This made my hair feel so dry and crispy, if hair could even feel that! I mean this did nothing to my hair. I started with the Color Protection line, since my hair is balayaged, but it made the hair so dry. Then I decided to try the Moisture line and again so dry and no moisture. Then I tried a few other ones, which I don’t even care to mention because they were awful!!!! Maybe these shampoos might have worked for some people who have oily, and I mean very oily, hair. But for me a major NO NO!
This entire line is vegan so once again no problem with any of the ingredients except one alcohol!!!
Here are the ingredients:
Aqua / Water / Eau, Coco-Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Chloride, Decyl Glucoside, Parfum / Fragrance, Polyquaternium-10, Amodimethicone, Ppg-5-Ceteth-20, Hydrogenated Coconut Acid, Peg-55 Propylene Glycol Oleate, Sodium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol, Carbomer, Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Sodium Isethionate, Benzyl Salicylate, Benzoic Acid, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Tocopherol, Trideceth-6, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzophenone-4, Limonene, Magnesium Nitrate, Sodium Acetate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Sodium Benzoate, Isopropyl Alcohol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Oil / Rosemary Leaf Oil, Magnesium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Bht, Citric Acid, Fil Code D192026/1.
Since mostly all have been discussed, I won’t be repeat them. The only one that was new was:
Isopropyl Alcohol: This is a type of alcohol that is considered haraam when INGESTED!! This may cause a form on intoxication. Now, for usage on the skin, it is still undecided if that usage is haraam or halaal. However, honestly these shampoos are not even worth looking into. A pass in my book.
Now before gaining knowledge on this subject, I obviously had used products that were haraam. Here are a few shampoos I have used that are haraam:
Tresemme: I liked this shampoo a lot and used this for so many years. It smelled amazing and it left my hair silky smooth. BUT, it is haraam! 😦
Dove Shampoos: These shampoos were my ultimate favorite shampoos after my pregnancies due to the softness it gave my post-prego hair. It has animal fats, so it is 100% haraam.
Pantene Shampoos: I grew up believing this was the best shampoo, since my first “big girl” shampoo was this. To be honest, it was a very nice shampoo. My mom used this shampoo for so, so many years. Everyone in my family used it. Pantene, however does use animal ingredients, so it is haraam.
Once again, please I am not anyway a scholar or anyone that can stamp anything in stone. This is simply the research I have come up with by going through all the ingredients. If you guys have any other halaal shampoos or any other information please do share with me by commenting below or via e-mail in the contact section. 🙂