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Lip Balms Which Contain Cetyl Alcohol

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Answered by: Maulana Yūsuf Badāt


I have a question regarding the use of chap-sticks and lip balms which contain cetyl alcohol and oleyl alcohol. I wanted to know whether the above-mentioned products are alāl to use?

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful


My research shows that cetyl and oleyl alcohol are derived from plants and fish oils. Therefore, they are permitted to use it externally on the body.

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Allāh has sent down both the illness and the cure, and He has created a cure for every disease, so treat yourselves medically, but use nothing unlawful.” – (Abū Dāwūd 3874)1

“Every element which intoxicates in large quantities is unlawful [to consume] in small quantities as well.” – (Ṣaḥīḥ Ibn Ḥibbān: 5382)2

Only Allāh knows best.

Written by Maulana Yūsuf Badāt

Checked and approved by Mufti Mohammed Tosir Miah

Darul Ifta Birmingham

1 إِنَّ اللَّهَ أَنْزَلَ الدَّاءَ وَالدَّوَاءَ وَجَعَلَ لِكُلِّ دَاءٍ دَوَاءً فَتَدَاوَوْا وَلاَ تَدَاوَوْا بِحَرَامٍ – أبو داؤد ٣٨٧٤

2 كُلُّ مُسْكِرٍ حَرَامٌ وَمَا أَسْكَرَ الْفَرْقُ مِنْهُ فَمِلْءُ الْكَفِّ مِنْهُ حَرَامٌ – اخرجه ابن حبان ٥٣٨٣

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