Muslim consumers increasingly seek beauty products that align with their religious beliefs while not compromising their modern Western European values. Lack of halal certification standards, and low consumer awareness of the benefits of halal products jeopardise growth potential. As consumers increasingly look for sustainable and ethical products, halal beauty can exploit this growing segment adopting widely accepted natural, organic and vegan claims rather than focusing solely on halal claims.
The beauty industry is experiencing a shift towards conscious consumption where savvy consumers are scrutinising beauty products formulations to focus on natural, organic and clean ingredients as well as on products that have a positive effect on the environment. Halal beauty emerges as part of this trend with beauty becoming more inclusive of all the values that consumers care for.
A growing base of Muslim population and their willingness to adopt beauty products that align with religious beliefs and modern Western European values at the same time is one of the main reasons contributing to the growth of halal claims in beauty. In the UK, the number of Muslims is lower than in France or Germany, but the halal food market, which can be considered as a bench mark for beauty, is more developed with halal being generally more accepted in the country and consumer awareness regarding halal being higher.
As consumers in Western Europe are prioritising natural, plant-derived and organic ingredients over products compliant with religious practice, to appeal to wider consumer group, the best strategy for halal beauty brands will be to label products as clean, natural, vegan, and organic prioritising these claims rather than primarily halal labels.
Halal specialised brands, especially those launched by Muslims, manage to connect more closely with consumers since they are believed to fully comply with halal certifications, being more transparent with the supply chain and building more personal engagement with customers. At the same time, multinationals producing in bulk for a diverse consumer base are struggling to engage with Muslims in Western Europe and create a distinct halal lifestyle proposition with clear marketing messages
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