Are the Following Ingredients in Perfume Permissible?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I emailed a perfume company, who confirmed they do not use animal-derived ingredients in their perfume apart from the following: Carmine, Beeswax, Honey, royal jelly, lanolin, and fish extracts and derivates.

I have researched some of the ingredients, but I am stuck on royal jelly and fish extracts and derivates-are these pure ingredients?

They do have alcohol listed on the ingredients, but it doesn’t state what type of alcohol.

Would it be permissible for me to use this perfume? They have other ingredients listed on the package, but I assume they are chemicals. I assume it is pure until I can confirm otherwise. Is this reasonable?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

Royal Jelly, fish, and derivates are not animal-derived ingredients and, if found in any perfume, will not make it permissible to wear.

Alcohol that is used widely in all perfumes is synthetic alcohol, thus, it would be permissible to use Dior Sauvage Eau De Toilette, like any other perfume. See the links below.

It is permitted to use deodorants, perfumes, and creams containing alcohol, as it is invariably synthetic alcohol and not the wine (khamr) that is impermissible and filthy.[Usmani, Fiqh al-Buyu’]

Check these links:
Using Perfumes, Deodorants, After Shave With Alchohol – SeekersGuidance
Can We Use Deodorants, Creams, and Perfumes That Contain Alcohol? – SeekersGuidance
ROYAL JELLY: Overview, Uses, Side Effects, Precautions, Interactions, Dosing and Reviews (
Common Perfume Ingredients: A to Z List (
The Aromatic Sources & Fragrant Compounds Used In Perfumery (

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
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Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied within UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan and Turkey.

He started his early education in UK. He went onto complete hifz of Qur’an in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in UK where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then travelled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in UK with his wife. His personal interest is love of books and gardening.