About

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Our Brand

Using only the best botanical and natural extracts, combined with cutting-edge technology and science, Taahirah is a derma-cosmeceutical skin and body care range that utilises the goodness of Mother Nature to care for your skin.

The name Taahirah, meaning ‘clean’, is a reflection of our core principles which are to provide a guilt-free skin care solution that is pure, ethical, and suitable for everyone regardless of age, culture or belief. 

We believe in entrusting nature to provide your skin with everything that it needs to be healthy and radiant and stand firmly against the use of any nasty chemicals and additives in our products. Our powerful ingredients work on the deeper layers of your skin to heal and nourish from within, providing long-term results instead of a potentially damaging quick-fix.

What truly sets us apart is that we understand the challenges faced when it comes to finding products that match your lifestyle, without compromising on your beliefs. As the first locally manufactured and Halal certified range in South Africa, Taahriah exists to make things easier, providing a worry-free solution to your skincare struggles.

Story

Our Story

Founded in cape town in 2017 by Aziza-Elize Brady, PhD biochemist with 35 years of experience in the cosmetic industry, Taahirah is the result of a desire for a skincare range that meets the specific needs of Islam.

The brand was launched in response to Aziza’s personal struggles faced after converting to Islam. With her knowledge and understanding of cosmetic ingredients, she soon realized that finding an easily accessible skincare range that was made using only permissible ingredients, which were also of high quality, was proving to be a challenging task. After conducting some research, she also came to realize how many women she knew were using products that they thought to be permissible, but which were, in fact, questionable at best. As the owner of a cosmetic manufacturing company, Alchem Labs, she decided to develop and manufacture a halal-certified range that would simplify skincare for the Islamic community.

With in-depth knowledge and ongoing research of the various ingredients used in modern-day skincare, both good and bad, Aziza has always been a firm advocate of using healthy, ethical ingredients as well as believing in the healing and therapeutic properties of the botanical world. As all of the product ranges that she had previously developed and manufactured followed these principles, Taahirah was to naturally follow suit and become a range that was not only halal-certified but also plant-based.

Muslim woman

Our Ingredients

We believe in using the power of the botanical world to create skincare products that are highly effective and yet gentle on your skin. We combine botanical extracts, natural antioxidants, and vitamins with 35 years of PhD chemist expertise to create high-quality product formulations that provide long-term results. Ensuring the best care for your skin, we formulate with safe and effective ingredients and steer clear of alcohol (ethanol), animal-derived ingredients, harsh chemicals such as formaldehyde, mineral oil, parabens, sulphates and synthetic colourants and fragrances.

Natural Ingredients and synthetic ingredients

With terms like ‘natural’, ‘nature-derived’, ‘nature identical’ and ‘synthetic’ often being thrown around in the world of skincare, we understand that it can all be a bit confusing.

Ingredients classified as natural should come only from plants, animals, microbiological or mineral origin, while derived natural ingredients, or ingredients of natural origin, are natural ingredients that have been modified using permitted chemical or biological processes to make them more functional. 

Synthetic ingredients are man-made ingredients that aren’t typically found in nature, while nature-identical ingredients are ingredients that are made in a lab but can be found in nature in exactly the same form.  There is a misconception that natural ingredients are somehow ‘better’ or ‘safer’ that synthetic and nature-identical ingredients, which isn’t necessarily the case. For example, a natural vitamin c molecule from an orange will have the same effect when applied to your skin as a vitamin c molecule made in a lab. Both look exactly the same and your body can’t tell a difference between the two.

Synthetic and nature-identical ingredients can be great because they can reduce exposure to allergens or other skin-irritating chemicals because they have fewer contaminants, they can help to prevent over-harvesting of the natural resource where only small amounts can be found in nature, they can provide alternatives to animal-sourced ingredients, and they can be more powerful or functional than their natural resource. Common examples of nature-identical ingredients include vitamin C, vitamin A, and mica.

Alcohol-free?

What exactly is ‘alcohol-free’ when it comes to our products? What we mean is that our products don’t contain any form of or ethanol (ethyl alcohol), any alcohol extracted from grapes or dates, or any alcohol that has intoxicating effects. Some ingredients that you might spot on our labels include Cetearyl alcohol or cetyl alcohol, both of which are waxy solids and occur naturally in some plants and animals. Even though the chemical names contain the word ‘alcohol’, they are Halal ingredients as they are different from normal alcohol and have no intoxicating effects.

OUR BRAND

Woman smiling

Our Brand

Using only the best botanical and natural extracts, combined with cutting-edge technology and science, Taahirah is a derma-cosmeceutical skin and body care range that utilises the goodness of Mother Nature to care for your skin.

The name Taahirah, meaning ‘clean’, is a reflection of our core principles which are to provide a guilt-free skin care solution that is pure, ethical, and suitable for everyone regardless of age, culture or belief. 

We believe in entrusting nature to provide your skin with everything that it needs to be healthy and radiant and stand firmly against the use of any nasty chemicals and additives in our products. Our powerful ingredients work on the deeper layers of your skin to heal and nourish from within, providing long-term results instead of a potentially damaging quick-fix.

What truly sets us apart is that we understand the challenges faced when it comes to finding products that match your lifestyle, without compromising on your beliefs. As the first locally manufactured and Halal certified range in South Africa, Taahriah exists to make things easier, providing a worry-free solution to your skincare struggles.

OUR STORY

Story

Our Story

Founded in cape town in 2017 by Aziza-Elize Brady, PhD biochemist with 35 years of experience in the cosmetic industry, Taahirah is the result of a desire for a skincare range that meets the specific needs of Islam.

The brand was launched in response to Aziza’s personal struggles faced after converting to Islam. With her knowledge and understanding of cosmetic ingredients, she soon realized that finding an easily accessible skincare range that was made using only permissible ingredients, which were also of high quality, was proving to be a challenging task. After conducting some research, she also came to realize how many women she knew were using products that they thought to be permissible, but which were, in fact, questionable at best. As the owner of a cosmetic manufacturing company, Alchem Labs, she decided to develop and manufacture a halal-certified range that would simplify skincare for the Islamic community.

With in-depth knowledge and ongoing research of the various ingredients used in modern-day skincare, both good and bad, Aziza has always been a firm advocate of using healthy, ethical ingredients as well as believing in the healing and therapeutic properties of the botanical world. As all of the product ranges that she had previously developed and manufactured followed these principles, Taahirah was to naturally follow suit and become a range that was not only halal-certified but also plant-based.

OUR INGREDIENTS

Muslim woman

Our Ingredients

We believe in using the power of the botanical world to create skincare products that are highly effective and yet gentle on your skin. We combine botanical extracts, natural antioxidants, and vitamins with 35 years of PhD chemist expertise to create high-quality product formulations that provide long-term results. Ensuring the best care for your skin, we formulate with safe and effective ingredients and steer clear of alcohol (ethanol), animal-derived ingredients, harsh chemicals such as formaldehyde, mineral oil, parabens, sulphates and synthetic colourants and fragrances.

Natural Ingredients and synthetic ingredients

With terms like ‘natural’, ‘nature-derived’, ‘nature identical’ and ‘synthetic’ often being thrown around in the world of skincare, we understand that it can all be a bit confusing.

Ingredients classified as natural should come only from plants, animals, microbiological or mineral origin, while derived natural ingredients, or ingredients of natural origin, are natural ingredients that have been modified using permitted chemical or biological processes to make them more functional. 

Synthetic ingredients are man-made ingredients that aren’t typically found in nature, while nature-identical ingredients are ingredients that are made in a lab but can be found in nature in exactly the same form.  There is a misconception that natural ingredients are somehow ‘better’ or ‘safer’ that synthetic and nature-identical ingredients, which isn’t necessarily the case. For example, a natural vitamin c molecule from an orange will have the same effect when applied to your skin as a vitamin c molecule made in a lab. Both look exactly the same and your body can’t tell a difference between the two.

Synthetic and nature-identical ingredients can be great because they can reduce exposure to allergens or other skin-irritating chemicals because they have fewer contaminants, they can help to prevent over-harvesting of the natural resource where only small amounts can be found in nature, they can provide alternatives to animal-sourced ingredients, and they can be more powerful or functional than their natural resource. Common examples of nature-identical ingredients include vitamin C, vitamin A, and mica.

Alcohol-free?

What exactly is ‘alcohol-free’ when it comes to our products? What we mean is that our products don’t contain any form of or ethanol (ethyl alcohol), any alcohol extracted from grapes or dates, or any alcohol that has intoxicating effects. Some ingredients that you might spot on our labels include Cetearyl alcohol or cetyl alcohol, both of which are waxy solids and occur naturally in some plants and animals. Even though the chemical names contain the word ‘alcohol’, they are Halal ingredients as they are different from normal alcohol and have no intoxicating effects.

Explore our active ingredients

Aloe Ferox
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning and soothing

Allantoin
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning, skin protecting and soothing

Aloe Vera Extract
Aloe Barbanensis 
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning and soothing

Ascorbyl Palmitate
Origin: Nature Identical | Function: Antioxidant

Bearberry Extract
Arctostaphylos uva ursi - Alpha-arbutin
Origin: Natural | Function: Antioxidant and skin lightening

Benzophenone-3
Origin: Natural Derived | Function: UV absorber & UV filter

Biosaccharide Gum-1
Origin: Natural | Function: Soothing, moisturising and humectant

Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane
Origin: Synthetic | Function: UV absorber & UV filter

Bilberry Fruit extract (European Blueberry)
Vaccinium Myrtillus
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning and antioxidant

Carnosine
Origin: Nature Identical | Function: Antioxidant and cell-communicating ingredient (peptide)

Carrot Seed Extract
Daucus Carota
Origin: Natural | Function: Emollient and skin conditioner Citric Acid
Origin: Nature Identical | Function: Exfoliant and buffering

Coconut Oil
Cocos Nucifera
Origin: Natural | Function: Emollient

Damask Rose Flower Oil
Rosa Damascene
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning and perfuming

Demerara Sugar
Origin: Natural | Function: Exfoliant, moisturiser and humectant

Diacetyl Boldine
Origin: Natural Derived | Function: Skin lightening and skin conditioning

German Chamomile Oil
Matricaria Chamomilla
Origin: Natural | Function: Soothing and healing

Gluconic Acid
Origin: Natural | Function: Perfuming and chelating

Glycerin
Origin: Natural Derived | Function: Skin conditioning, moisturiser and humectant, skin protecting, skin-identical, solvent and viscosity controlling

Glycolic Acid
Origin: Natural | Function: Exfoliant

Grape Seed Oil
Vitis Vinifera
Origin: Natural | Function: Antioxidant, emollient and skin conditioning

Hyaluronic Acid
Origin: Nature Identical | Function: Humectant, moisturising, skin conditioning and skin-identical

Hydrolysed Oat Protein
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning

Lactic Acid
Origin: Nature Identical | Function: Humectant, skin conditioning and exfoliant

Lavender Oil 
Lavandula Angustifolia
Origin: Natural | Function: Antimicrobial/antibacterial, perfuming and tonic

Lemon Fruit Extract
Citrus Limon
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning

Malic Acid
Origin: Natural | Function: Exfoliant and buffering

Micronized Apricot Kernels
Prunus Armeniaca
Origin: Natural| Function: Abrasive agent for exfoliation

Neroli Oil 
Citrus Aurantium Amara
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning and perfuming

Octocrylene
Origin: Synthetic | Function: UV filter and UV absorber

Octocrylene
Octyl Methoxycinnamate
Origin: Synthetic | Function: UV filter and UV absorber

Octocrylene
Orange Fruit extract
Citrus Aurantium Dulcis
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning and perfuming

Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5)
Origin: Natural Derived | Function: Skin conditioning and moisturising/ humectant

Phenoxyethanol
Origin: Nature Identical | Function: Preservative

Phytelene of Papaya (Papain)
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning and exfoliant

Phytelene of Pineapple (Bromelain)
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning and keratolytic

Phytosterols
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning

Roman Chamomile 
Anthemis Nobilis
Origin: Natural | Function: Soothing Rose Geranium Oil
Pelargonium Graveolens
Origin: Natural | Function: Balancing, hydrating and perfuming

Sandalwood 
Santalum Album
Origin: Natural | Function: Toning, clarifying and perfuming

Shea Butter 
Butyrospermum Parkii
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning, emollient and viscosity controlling

Sodium Lactate
Origin: Natural Derived | Function: Buffering, humectant and keratolytic

Sodium PCA
Origin: Natural | Function: Humectant, skin conditioning and skin-identical

Sugar Maple Extract 
Acer Saccharum
Origin: Natural | Function: Keratolytic and skin conditioning

Sugarcane Extract
Saccharum Officinarum
Origin: Natural | Function: Moisturising and skin conditioning

Tartaric Acid
Origin: Natural | Function: Buffering

Tea Tree Oil 
Melaleuca Alternifolia
Origin: Natural | Function: Antimicrobial, antibacterial and antioxidant

Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate)
Origin: Nature Identical, Synthetic | Function: Skin conditioning and cell-communicating

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
Origin: Nature Identical | Function: Antioxidant, skin conditioning and skin lightening

Vitamin E (DL Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate)
Origin: Nature Identical | Function: Antioxidant and skin conditioning

Wheat Amino Acids
Origin: Natural Derived | Function: Skin conditioning, skin protecting and soothing

Witch Hazel 
Hamamelis Virginiana
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning, antiseborrheic (controls sebum production) and astringent (tightens pores)

Yeast Polysaccharides
Origin: Natural Derived | Function: Skin conditioning, skin protecting, film-forming and viscosity controlling

A

Aloe Ferox
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning and soothing

Allantoin
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning, skin protecting and soothing

Aloe Vera Extract
Aloe Barbanensis 
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning and soothing

Ascorbyl Palmitate
Origin: Nature Identical | Function: Antioxidant

B

Bearberry Extract
Arctostaphylos uva ursi - Alpha-arbutin
Origin: Natural | Function: Antioxidant and skin lightening

Benzophenone-3
Origin: Natural Derived | Function: UV absorber & UV filter

Biosaccharide Gum-1
Origin: Natural | Function: Soothing, moisturising and humectant

Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane
Origin: Synthetic | Function: UV absorber & UV filter

Bilberry Fruit extract (European Blueberry)
Vaccinium Myrtillus
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning and antioxidant

C

Carnosine
Origin: Nature Identical | Function: Antioxidant and cell-communicating ingredient (peptide)

Carrot Seed Extract
Daucus Carota
Origin: Natural | Function: Emollient and skin conditioner Citric Acid
Origin: Nature Identical | Function: Exfoliant and buffering

Coconut Oil
Cocos Nucifera
Origin: Natural | Function: Emollient

D

Damask Rose Flower Oil
Rosa Damascene
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning and perfuming

Demerara Sugar
Origin: Natural | Function: Exfoliant, moisturiser and humectant

Diacetyl Boldine
Origin: Natural Derived | Function: Skin lightening and skin conditioning

G

German Chamomile Oil
Matricaria Chamomilla
Origin: Natural | Function: Soothing and healing

Gluconic Acid
Origin: Natural | Function: Perfuming and chelating

Glycerin
Origin: Natural Derived | Function: Skin conditioning, moisturiser and humectant, skin protecting, skin-identical, solvent and viscosity controlling

Glycolic Acid
Origin: Natural | Function: Exfoliant

Grape Seed Oil
Vitis Vinifera
Origin: Natural | Function: Antioxidant, emollient and skin conditioning

H

Hyaluronic Acid
Origin: Nature Identical | Function: Humectant, moisturising, skin conditioning and skin-identical

Hydrolysed Oat Protein
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning

L

Lactic Acid
Origin: Nature Identical | Function: Humectant, skin conditioning and exfoliant

Lavender Oil 
Lavandula Angustifolia
Origin: Natural | Function: Antimicrobial/antibacterial, perfuming and tonic

Lemon Fruit Extract
Citrus Limon
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning

M

Malic Acid
Origin: Natural | Function: Exfoliant and buffering

Micronized Apricot Kernels
Prunus Armeniaca
Origin: Natural| Function: Abrasive agent for exfoliation

N

Neroli Oil 
Citrus Aurantium Amara
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning and perfuming

O

Octocrylene
Origin: Synthetic | Function: UV filter and UV absorber

Octocrylene
Octyl Methoxycinnamate
Origin: Synthetic | Function: UV filter and UV absorber

Octocrylene
Orange Fruit extract
Citrus Aurantium Dulcis
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning and perfuming

P

Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5)
Origin: Natural Derived | Function: Skin conditioning and moisturising/ humectant

Phenoxyethanol
Origin: Nature Identical | Function: Preservative

Phytelene of Papaya (Papain)
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning and exfoliant

Phytelene of Pineapple (Bromelain)
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning and keratolytic

Phytosterols
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning

R

Roman Chamomile 
Anthemis Nobilis
Origin: Natural | Function: Soothing Rose Geranium Oil
Pelargonium Graveolens
Origin: Natural | Function: Balancing, hydrating and perfuming

S

Sandalwood 
Santalum Album
Origin: Natural | Function: Toning, clarifying and perfuming

Shea Butter 
Butyrospermum Parkii
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning, emollient and viscosity controlling

Sodium Lactate
Origin: Natural Derived | Function: Buffering, humectant and keratolytic

Sodium PCA
Origin: Natural | Function: Humectant, skin conditioning and skin-identical

Sugar Maple Extract 
Acer Saccharum
Origin: Natural | Function: Keratolytic and skin conditioning

Sugarcane Extract
Saccharum Officinarum
Origin: Natural | Function: Moisturising and skin conditioning

T

Tartaric Acid
Origin: Natural | Function: Buffering

Tea Tree Oil 
Melaleuca Alternifolia
Origin: Natural | Function: Antimicrobial, antibacterial and antioxidant

V

Vitamin A (Retinyl Palmitate)
Origin: Nature Identical, Synthetic | Function: Skin conditioning and cell-communicating

Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
Origin: Nature Identical | Function: Antioxidant, skin conditioning and skin lightening

Vitamin E (DL Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate)
Origin: Nature Identical | Function: Antioxidant and skin conditioning

Wheat Amino Acids
Origin: Natural Derived | Function: Skin conditioning, skin protecting and soothing

W

Witch Hazel 
Hamamelis Virginiana
Origin: Natural | Function: Skin conditioning, antiseborrheic (controls sebum production) and astringent (tightens pores)

Y

Yeast Polysaccharides
Origin: Natural Derived | Function: Skin conditioning, skin protecting, film-forming and viscosity controlling