The holy month of Ramadan is fast approaching, in fact just a couple of days away. On top of juggling daily work and family responsibilities, we are kept busy with Tarawih (night) prayers, preparing suhoor (pre-dawn) and iftar (evening) meals and even volunteering at our local mosques.
So how do we keep ourselves clean and smelling fresh whilst rushing for deadlines, juggling our family’s needs and performing prayers?
“Indeed, Allah loves those who are constantly repentant and loves those who purify themselves.” (Surah al-Baqarah, verse 222).
✔ We pray 5 times a day.
✔ We abstain from food and drink for over 12 hours
✔ Abstain from gossip, envy and greed for 30 days.
We've put together halal skin care and beauty essentials to help you feeling clean and fresh all day and importantly be prayer-ready anytime, anywhere!
Running errands from one place to another or getting stuck in the crowded Ramadan bazaar can leave us perspiring excessively and unsightly sweat stains on our shirts.
AIS antiperspirant takes care of your skin when it needs absolute protection. Its paraben and alcohol-free formulation means it provides delicate and soothing care to our underarms without irritation. The slight scent of white tea adapts to perfume to mask any odour.
SPEAK Deodorant Cream is a gentle, yet effective natural deodorant with a creamy texture that glides on to give you satin-soft protection. Its aluminium and baking soda-free formulation means that it is great for sensitive skin too!
It contains arrowroot powder, kaolin clay and magnesium as odour neutralisers and excess sweat moppers. A combination of butters and oils keeps the delicate underarm area soft and healthy.
The cream is lightly scented with lavender essential oil to keep you smelling fresh.
*SPEAK deodorant cream is available as part of SPEAK travel set
2. BAREFACE The Face Eraser (Removes makeup fast and easy)
Removing your makeup should be fast and super easy - especially if you are doing your prayers outside. Spare those cleansing wipes, single use cotton pads or bulky bottles of makeup remover in your bag. Instead, switch to a more convenient and environmental friendly BAREFACE The Face Eraser.
Made with the finest fibers, it allows a deep cleanse into the pores to remove all makeup and other substances in half the time, just using water. Wet the Bareface pad with water to remove makeup. Rinse the pad with a normal soap after use or throw it into the washing machine (tip: put it inside a laundry bag) for a quick wash once a week.
Multi-purpose in use, its pocket-sized convenience makes it easy to bring them anywhere - this should fit nicely even in your smallest handbag ;)
2. Khalta Abaya Perfume (aka ‘Perfume for your Hijab’)
We like Khalta Abaya’s hijab perfume a lot. In the current hot weather (35 degrees on some days!), we sweat a lot and this might cause our hijab to smell unpleasant without us realising it.
This water-based and alcohol-free perfume keeps you and your headscarf smelling pleasant all day even up to 24 hours (our customers who've tried it will vouch for this!) Think of it aseau de parfum for your hijab.
To lift your mood before prayers, spray this lovely water-based mist on yourtelekung (prayer garment) andsejadah (prayer mat). Nothing sets us in a good mood faster than a beautiful-smelling perfume like this one.
There are 4 pleasant scents to suit your different moods! Take your pick from floral “Fatima”, sweet-smelling “Khadija”, saffron-scented “Sultan” or “Aisha”, which has a hint of rose.
Oh, it’s safe for prayers and wudu’, of course.
After a long and sweaty day, nothing beats a nice long shower with a nourishing body wash. Both AIS Halal Rose Sandal Shower Gel and AIS Halal Tender Vanilla Shower Gel have soft, foamy gel texture based on artesian water which helps to preserve natural PH-balance of your skin and keeps it moisturized. The shower gels are also free from parabens, SLS and alcohol which is an added plus point!
Doesn’t it give you peace of mind performing your prayers after a refreshing shower?
The crowd's favourite, Orkid Cosmetics Matte Liquid Lipsticks are long lasting and lovingly made with well-being of animals in mind. Out of the 10 shades available, they have 6 different nude shades - perfect for daily wear!
This lippie is both vegan and halal - hence, making it solat-friendly especially when we only have a short time to spare to pray in the office or at the mosque! It also contains Vitamin E to keep your lips moisturized.
As seen in British Vogue, SPEAK lip balm provides instant relief to dry, cracked lips. With beeswax and macadamia seed oil, it leaves your lips nourished, soft and smooth with regular use.
Glide on some lip balm and lipstick to help you look energetic and fresh - Dry and patchy lips will be a thing of the past!
*SPEAK deodorant cream is available as part of SPEAK travel set
5. Momohime Peach Foaming Face Wash (Wash oil and dirt thoroughly from your face and feel fresh in an instant)
When lounging at home and your skin feels oily and grimy (no thanks to the hot weather), refresh yourself with Momohime’s peach-scented facial wash.
Its dense, light and fluffy foam will remove oil gently whilst leaving your skin bouncy and clean.Your skin will feel supple and the soft sweet scent of peaches will energise you.
Warning: The light, sweet scent of peaches will make you crave for peaches at iftar later in the day!
6. Knitknacker Wellness Blend - Focus (fight those Zzz monsters)
Waking up early at dawn and having a full day at work and school might leave most of us feeling sleepy before lunch hour strikes! It certainly doesn't help when you need to focus for that all-important deadline or exam.
If you need that extra help to keep you alert, reach out for Knitknacker Wellness Focus. It is a blend of Rosemary (improves memory, lowers cortisol), Grapefruit (reduces stress, antioxidant) and Peppermint (alleviates headaches and pain, boosts energy, calming).
Simply apply to pulse points, over heart or back of the neck. Soon, you'll be winning over those Zzz monsters!
7. (Bonus!) Halal Body Care for the men
Check out the range of men care from AIS Cosmetics and The Halal Cosmetics Company. From shower gel, shampoos to beard wash and facial serum, it makes a great gift for the men to feel clean and fresh during Ramadan!
To celebrate the coming of Ramadan, type FRESH19 upon checkout to get 10% off your purchase (valid till 12 May) for the featured items above.
We would like to wish our Muslim customers a blessed and fulfilling Ramadan!