Halal Nail Polish

Can You Pray With Halal Nail Polish?

Yes, halal nail polish can be used during ablution. We recommend using up to two thin coats to maximize permeability. Also, make sure to rub each nail at least once under running water during ablution. The amount of time you rub does not matter if you thoroughly rub each nail.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Arabic word “halal” translates to “permissible” by Islamic Law. It’s contrasted by “haram”, which is used to describe anything unlawful by Islamic law. “Halal” is primarily used for food, for example, “halal meat”. However, it could also be used for any health and beauty products, including nail polish.

No, most beauty products on the market by mainstream brands are not halal. For a product to be considered it must be manufactured, produced, and composed of ingredients permissible by Islamic law. So, products that contain any animal by-products or forbidden ingredients such as alcohol are considered haram


“Halal” is an Arabic word that translates to “permissible” or “lawful” in accordance to Islamic law. It’s contrasted by “haram”, also an Arabic word, which translates to “unlawful” in accordance to Islamic law. “Halal” is often associated with food i.e. “halal meat.” However, it’s not limited to food! The word “halal” can be used to describe anything that Islamic Law permits.

Mersi Does Not Produce Typical Nail Polish

Our nail polish is made with a unique breathable formula that creates a water and oxygen-permeable layer when applied. This means it’s possible to wear our polish during Ablution since water will pass through the layer of nail polish and touch your nails. Mersi nail polish is also specifically formulated following Islamic law. It’s 100% vegan and completely free of any animal by-products often found in cosmetics.

Yes, there is, and no, it’s not the “coffee filter test.” Unfortunately, the coffee filter test is not accurate. Coffee filters and paper surfaces do not accurately mimic the surface of a layer of nail polish. Also, when this specific test is performed, water has to pass through two layers instead of one. First, through the layer of nail polish itself, then through the coffee filter’s layer. The most accurate way to test breathability is in a lab environment. Our nail polish has been through this process. It’s been lab-tested and certified for water permeability. Our nail polish tested at the category of W1, W1 is the highest category level of water permeability (more than 0.5 kg per m^2*h^0.5).
In the video below, we tested the permeability of our nail polish using the Alka-Seltzer test. Alka-Seltzer dissolves when it touches water. We covered a tablet entirely with our water-permeable nail polish; we made sure to cover every side of the tablet. We let the polish dry and then dropped the tablet into the water. The tablet almost immediately began to dissolve, proving permeability. We compared the results with regular (O.P.I.) nail polish in the second part of the video. The result? The tablet took much longer to dissolve.



Let’s talk chemistry. Most of us are not chemists, so we’ll keep this simple. Typical nail polish formulas are made up of neat, tight molecular bonds, stacked on top of each other. Imagine bricks stacked on top of each other. The molecules that make up breathable formulas on the other hand are made up of a staggered structure. Imagine a staggered brick-laying pattern that allows water and oxygen to fall through the spaces.



Our products are Halal Certified by Islamic Services of America.


Our products are lab tested for water permeability by SGS Labs.


Our products are PETA Certified Vegan & Cruelty-Free.

Halal Nail Polish


Halal nail polish is more than a trend, it’s a shift in the beauty industry. Consumers around the world asked for safer and more eco-friendly products that were made for everyone. Mersi answered the call by producing vegan and cruelty-free, Halal nail polish that doesn’t stand in the way of the traditions of your faith. But we are more than just amazing products, our customer service team delivers by treating all of our customers and partners like family. We’re making noise. You’ll see us featured in Vogue, Woman’s Weekly, InStyle and more!