Nikkol group NEWS LETTER


To Make Halal-certified Cosmetics,
You Must Start with Halal-certified Ingredients

In the rapidly growing economies of Southeast Asia, the increase of middle-class consumers is expected to cause a significant expansion of the personal care market. Many of the consumers in these Southeast Asian markets are Muslim. There is a rising need for personal care items bearing the Halal certification, indicating they are compliant with Islamic teachings. It is now becoming essential to develop products to address the consumer needs in these Southeast Asian markets.

Markets of Interest: Malaysia and Indonesia
Among the expanding Southeast Asian economies, the Malaysian and Indonesian markets show particular promise.

Fig. 1: Growth Rate

Malaysia, whose economic growth followed that of Singapore’s, is expected to have its affluent segment increase from 25.2% in 2009 to 64.9% by 2020 (Fig. 2 left). And Indonesia, which has the largest population in Southeast Asia, is forecasted to see its low-income earners, who made up 63.3% in 2009, decrease to nearly 15% in 2020, with middle-class consumers increasing rapidly (Fig. 2 right).

Fig. 2: Income Distribution

Currently, There Are Few Halal-certified Personal Care Products
In these 2 countries, the rising income levels and living standards are accelerating changes to the market needs themselves. One such need is for Halal cosmetics. The globalization of the world economy is resulting in an influx of non-Halal products, and Muslim consumers are having to exercise more and more caution when using products.
In our many panel discussions and surveys of local consumers in Malaysia and Indonesia, we obtained responses like those shown below.

Fig. 3: Consumer Interviews

We found that while many Muslim consumers are desiring Halal-certified personal care products, there are few such cosmetics in the market and as a result, consumers feel anxious about the ingredients used in the goods they are purchasing.
We also found that many consumers will purchase Halal products even if they are more than 10% higher than their non-Halal counterparts.

Fig. 4: Are consumers buying Halal-certified cosmetics even if they are expensive?

To Make Halal-certified Cosmetics, 
You Must Start With Halal-certified Ingredients
For Muslim consumers to feel safe using personal care products, the ingredients used in those products must first be Halal-certified. NIKKOL GROUP engages proactively in Halal initiatives, and in 2011 obtained official Halal certification for nonionic surfactants manufactured at Nikko Chemicals (Singapore) Pte. Ltd. Now, the Nasu Factory (Otawara City, Tochigi, Japan) of Nippon Surfactant Industries Co., Ltd. is Halal-certified and we are able to offer Halal-certified vitamin derivatives and ingredients containing ceramides.

Fig. 5: Nasu Factory

Which Ingredients Have Been Certified?
We have obtained certification not only for active components and lipid components, but also for pre-mixed products developed with our emulsion technology.

To search for NIKKOL Halal-certified products, click here.

Vitamin Derivatives, Ceramide Materials

Squalane, Vegetable Oils, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride

Lecithin Derivatives, Functional Emulsifiers (NIKKOL PUREPHOS series), Polyoxyethylene Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polyoxyethylene Alkyl Ethers, Polyoxyethylene Sorbitan Fatty Acid Esters

Foaming Agents・Detergents
N-Acylamino Acids, N-Acyl Taurates, Alkyl Phosphates, Alkyl Sulfates, Alkyl Sulfonate


Cleansing Blends, Sebum Cleaning Blends
NIKKOL Halal-certified products

NIKKOL GROUP is committed to working even harder to contribute to the peace of mind of Muslim consumers by striving for the stable provision of a full lineup of safe, high-quality, Halal-certified ingredients for personal care products.