Animal Fats in the form of emollients, Oils and emulsifiers is commonly found in most of the marketed cosmetics and skin care products. It’s very difficult to know the source of these animal fats and most of the times it is derived from Pigs. Ingredients such as Cholesterol, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Collagen, Elastin, Royal Jelly, Tallow, Wax can all be derived from pork fat which can neither be halal certified nor vegan.
What Does Iba Use: Instead, Iba uses natural and vegan alternatives such as vegetable Oils and plant derived glycerin and stearic acid on skincare and cosmetic products. Some of our favorite emollients and fats are Sweet Almond Oil, Castor Seed Oil, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Moroccan Argan Oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter and Plant Waxes.
Ammonia is an extremely hazardous chemical which is put into most of the marketed the hair colors in order to bleach the pre-existing color of your hair and deposit the new color. The result of this action is damage to the hair cuticle that ultimately degrades the hair’s structural integrity. The result overtime is dry, brittle, unhealthy looking hair. It also causes severe irritation to scalp and eyes in most people.
What Does Iba Use: In Iba, we stay away from such harmful chemicals that bleach your hair away and instead, use HENNA to help cover your hair with the new hair color. The result is healthy and stronger hair that do not break easily. It is very safe for the hair and scalp as well as free of irritation and allergies.
Clear, harsh smelling and highly flammable liquid found most of the nail colors and removers available in the market. It’s a solvent, capable of disintegrating even plastic. It dries the nails and cuticles by damaging then from inside.
What Does Iba Use: In Iba, we stay away from such harsh ingredients such as Acetone. Instead, we use moisturizing ingredient such as Argan Oil in our Breathable Nail Colors as well as Removers.
Sulfates in the form of sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, etc. are harmful detergents found in leading face washes & shampoos available in the market. They pull out the natural oils from your skin, scalp and hair, making them dry and brittle. Sulfates can cause irritation, dryness and itching on a sensitive scalp. Moreover, these are the same detergents that are also present in your daily laundry and dishwashing liquids.
What Does Iba Use: In Iba, we always stay away from such harmful detergents, and instead choose safer and milder surfactants (cleansing/foaming agents) that are derived from coconut and sugars such as Cocamidopropyl betaine, Coco glucoside, Decyl glucoside, etc. These do not dry out your face and scalp and suits even the most sensitive skin type. They are irritation free and super skin friendly.
Parabens are extremely harmful preservatives found in most of the skincare, haircare and makeup products. You can find them by different names such as methyl paraben, ethyl paraben, butyl paraben and propyl paraben.
Studies have shown that these parabens get absorbed in the skin and are linked to carcinogenic (cancer causing) activities.
What Does Iba Use: In Iba, we always stay away from such harsh preservatives and instead use safer alternatives such as Ethylhexylglycerin, Vitamin E (Tocopheryl Acetate) & Phenoxyethanol (Not Ethanol/Alcohol) in small percentages that would not harm the skin and body.
Alcohol in various forms such as SD alcohol, ethanol, denatured, isopropyl, methanol or ethyl alcohol are used widely in skincare and fragrances that is neither halal nor good for your skin. Most of the brands in the market use alcohol as an ingredient in their products to give them a quick-drying, non-oily finish that feels weightless on skin. These Alcohols also act as a solvent and preservatives that help other ingredients enter your skin.
But by doing so, they cause dryness, irritation and breakouts. Alcohol has evaporating properties. With time, Alcohol also darkens your skin and dehydrates it.
Iba being a Halal Certified brand, provides an assurance that each and every product is free from Alcohol as well as safe, pure and effective for your skin.
Lanolin is a thick and waxy oil secreted by the sweat glands of Sheep. Cosmetic brands use it for its soft and moisturizing feel into lipstick, lip balms, creams and hair products.
What Does Iba Use: Iba being a Halal Certified, Cruelty Free & Vegan brand stays away from such emollients and only uses pure and natural oils derived from vegetables and plants to moisturize and soften your skin such as olive oil, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Moroccan Argan Oil, Aloe Vera Oil and Coconut Oil.
CARMINE (Crushed Red Beetle Insect)
It’s true that there are Beetles in your lipsticks. Most of the marketed lipsticks contain Carmine as a color pigment to give that bright Red and Pink tones to your favorite shades. Carmine pigment is derived after drying and crushing the female beetles and then used in the lipstick making process.
What Does Iba Use: Iba being Vegan, Cruelty Free & Halal certified, do not use colorants derived from Beetles. Instead, Iba uses mineral pigments such as Iron Oxide Red to give a natural and safe red and pink tones to your lipsticks.
Beeswax, found in most lipsticks, lip balms and other cosmetics, is obtained by melting a honeycomb with boiling water and then straining and cooling it commercially. Many bees are killed or have their wings and legs torn off because of haphazard handling. Beeswax is used in lipsticks and balms to give them the structure and uniformity.
What Does Iba Use: Iba uses 100% plant derived waxes such as Candelilla Wax & Carnauba Wax in its lipsticks and lip balms which works in an exact same way to give the right structure and texture to the final product.
Keratin is a natural protein found in our hair and nails. It helps them grow stronger.
Cosmetic companies have to extract these proteins from the birds and animals in order to put it in their products such as shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments. Bird feathers, animal horns, hooves, claws and hair are used in this process.
What Does Iba Use: Iba being cruelty free, vegan as well as halal certified, stay away from such ingredient and instead use safer alternatives to keratin which help make our hair and nail stronger such as Sweet Almond Oil, Moroccan Argan Oil, Amla Oil (Indian Gooseberry), etc.
Bleach is commonly sold by personal care brands to whiten the facial skin and hair. But it comes with a huge caution. It is full of hazardous ingredients such as hydrogen peroxide, sodium hypochlorite, calcium hypochlorite, sodium per carbonate, sodium, dithionate etc. which in due course of time makes your skin susceptible to pigmentation.
The chemical reaction that occurs due to these ingredients in the bleach, leads to breakouts on the skin. Skin bleaching does not only cause allergic reaction, but can also cause permanent white spots on your skin.
What Does Iba Use: Iba always stays away from such hazardous chemicals. Instead, Iba uses natural and scientific ingredients for skin lightening such as Multani Mitti, Licorice extract and Niacinamide which have proven benefits to help even out the skin by removing the pigmentations, tanning and dark spots.
Gelatin is a protein obtained by boiling animal skin, tendons, cartilage, ligaments or bones in water. It’s usually obtained from cows, pigs, or fish. When it’s time to buy makeup and other beauty products, always check the ingredients because gelatin in a form of hydrolysed collagen can be found in odd places, such as in face masks, makeup products and nail polish remover. It is used as a binder, thickener and conditioning agent in beauty products.
What Does Iba Use: Being Halal Certified, Vegan & Cruelty Free, Iba stays away from ingredient such as Gelatin and instead use other natural binders, thickeners and conditioning agents such as Xanthan Gum, Plant Waxes and butters.
Squalene is a moisturising emollient originally obtained primarily from shark liver oil.
Sharks use oil in their livers to help regulate their buoyancy and one of the main components of this oil is a compound called squalene. Squalene and its derivatives can be found as ingredients in cosmetic products, ranging from anti-aging creams to lipsticks. Sharks, especially deep-sea sharks, are targeted for the high concentration of squalene found in their livers.
What Does Iba Use: Being a vegan and halal certified cosmetic brand, Iba chooses to use vegetable alternatives such as Olive Oil which works in an exact same way as squalene in moisturising abilities. Iba uses olive oil in its skincare as well as makeup range.
Hydroquinone are chemicals that are also known as Benzene-1,4 diol. They are primarily used as skin lightening agent in various fairness and whitening products available in the market. They are majorly present in products like fairness and whitening creams, facials, face packs and de-tanning creams. It is linked to cancer and organ-system toxicity and should be totally avoided.
What Does Iba Use: Iba stays away from such toxic chemicals and instead uses natural and scientifically proven skin lightening ingredients such as Licorice Root Extract, Niacinamide and Marshmallow Flower Extract in its Ultra White & Fairness Range of Products.