Halal nail polish consists of an open lacquer basket. It is developed on the basis of a chemical formula with thermoplastic polymer which, in conjunction with other auxiliaries and chemical reactions, penetrates and punctures the paint – or rather enters and creates amorphous regions: There are microscopic trails in the paint that allow the water particles to penetrate and rest on the nail belt:

Thermoplastic polymers create amorphous regions in the paint. Polyolefin plastomer (POP) is, for example, a polymer composed of l-Bute and 1-ocetane molecular bonds. This polymer is used in plastic packaging to create breathability.

POP is assisted by polyethyn (PE) which distributes the molecular weight in the chain to prevent the holes from pulling together.

In contrast to the permeable nail polish, the conventional nail varnish is dominated by crystalline polymers which form dense layers in the structure, which makes it impossible for the water particles to penetrate. The illustration below gives a visual insight


The new breathable nail polishes are developed from an absorption technology called O2 matrix technology.

How can water penetrate nail polish?

​Unlike ordinary nail varnishes, breathable O2M nail polish consists of a coating with microscopic holes. We speak gaps in nanometer sizes found in the paint’s outer and inner plastic layers.

The outer layer of the nail lacquer is also called as permeable membrane, whereas the inner layers of the lacquer structure are known under the professional term porosity. These are the tiny holes in the outer layer (permeable membrane) as well as the passages in the paint’s inner structure (porous cast) that permits penetration of air and water particles.

The magic lies in the nail polish recipe and especially the molecular bond (polymer) that creates the openings. Thermoplastic polymer is a polymer used frequently in breathable nail polishes. It is composed of tiny particles; Some of these particles’ bind with obstruction, whereas other particles bump away from the obstacle. The distance that occurs between the rejections creates a kind of microscopic passage (also called amorphous regions in the language of the profession). These are the amorphous regions that allow the water particles to wander through the lacquer and land on the nail belt.


MineVital Breathable Nail polish has been scientifically verified to be water permeable by SGS Labs.

Testing & Certification: SGS Labs conducts a full range of product testing of nail polish, such as water permeability, safety and functionality tests, to certification. SGS Labs’ aim is to ensure that MineVital products are as good at protecting consumers and meeting their expectations as we claim.

Inspection: SGS Labs do production checks before, during and after production, as well as retail store checks to verify the quality of your raw materials and production, marking and packaging, and product presentation.

In relation to the permeable nail polish, it is important to understand that the argument about halal is based on porosity. The permeable nail polish does not lay like a tight nail on the nail. It is porous, which means that the paint contains microscopic openings and passages that allow the water vapor to pass through the paint and moisten the nail belt.

In fiqh al-tahara  (purity ethics before prayer) thoroughness and water treatment are two important criteria for the validity of wudu. The issue of nail polish, as an impermeable barrier to water, has therefore been pointed out in the English translation of the hanafi manual  Nur al-Idah  (The Ligth of Clarification). Based on the principle qiyas (analogy), the translator of  Nur al-Idah,  Wesam Charkawi, compares nail polish with wax and greasy substances (such as body oil). These are mentioned in the original Nur al-Idah script of Hasan Shurunbulali (f.1580). In the conditions that validate wudu  , Shurunbulali mentions that waxes and greasy substances void wudu.