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Vegan lip balm recipe by Justine Jenkins

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Justine Jenkins is one of the UK’s most acclaimed cruelty-free and vegan makeup artists, and sustainable beauty experts. She is also a huge UpCircle fan! With UpCircle being the UK's no#1 by-product beauty brand, we make for a dreamy vegan team. Known for her editorial and red carpet work focusing on natural beauty, Justine often uses the UpCircle range to prep her clients like Fearne Cotton and Keeley Hawes. Her client roster counts Handmaid’s Tale’s Elisabeth Moss, Amy Poehler and Game of Thrones actress, Rosie Leslie. In her new book, 'Sustainable Beauty' Justine offers practical and solid advice on how to become your own ethical beauty expert, whilst sharing the make-up techniques that she has developed over the last 23 years.

If you are looking for a sustainable multi-use beauty product, then have a go at Justine's homemade vegan lip balm recipe!  


  • 15g (1⁄2oz) jojoba wax
  • 15g (1⁄2oz) cocoa butter
  • 15g (1⁄2oz) shea butter
  • 2 tbsp jojoba oil
  • 4 tsp hemp oil
  • 1 tsp vegetable glycerine 


  • Heatproof glass bowl that sits snugly on top of the saucepan
  • Saucepan
  • Metal spoon
  • Funnel (optional)
  • 5x15ml(1⁄2floz) jars or tins, sterilised
  • Heatproof jug
  • Heatproof gloves 

Fill a saucepan halfway with cold water and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, creating a gentle simmer.

1. Place the glass bowl directly on top of the saucepan of simmering water. Add the jojoba wax, cocoa butter and shea butter to the bowl, stirring until they are all melted in together. The water should still be at a simmer; if it starts to boil, take the saucepan off the hob for a few seconds until it’s cooled before trying again.


2. Using heat-proof gloves, carefully remove the glass bowl from the saucepan and place it on the heatproof surface. Add jojoba oil, hemp oil and glycerine to the mixture.


3. Stir gently with a metal spoon, until everything has combined and is liquid. 

4. Pour the hot liquid into the heatproof jug using the funnel, if using.

5. Immediately pour the liquid into the sterilised jars to set. Take care, as the mix is extremely hot.

Tip: These also make great gifts.

Not only can vegan lip balm be used to keep your lips soft and supple, but it can also be used for a myriad of other purposes. Below are Justine's 10 favourite alternative uses for this wonder multi-use beauty product.

Tinted lip balm - mix in a tiny amount of your favourite lipstick for a tinted lip balm which can also be applied to your cheeks as a tinted blush balm.

Invisible highlighter - adding a natural colourless sheen to your skin in specific areas makes your skin look healthy and glowing. Warm a small amount of vegan lip balm between your middle fingers and apply to the tops of cheekbones, Cupid’s bow, middle of eyebrows, brow bone, the tip of the nose, and above the arch of your brow. You can also apply to the tops of your shoulders and your collar bones to reflect the light naturally and beautifully.

Night time hand treatment - rub the balm all over your hands and apply cotton gloves. In the morning you’ll have happy hands. 

Cuticle balm - if your cuticles are anything like mine, they are often dry and cracked. Regular application of your vegan lip balm keeps them looking smooth and feeling soothed. Don’t forget your toes!

Flyaway hair tamer - I actually prefer using a balm than hairspray to flatten flyaway hairs. Use your fingers to warm a small amount and apply to your flyaways, or swirl a small powder make-up brush around in your pot of balm and lightly sweep the brush over your hair.

Eyebrow fixer - take a spoolie brush or an old clean mascara wand and brush a small amount of balm through your brows to fix them in place. 

Dry skin soother - I often get small patches of dry skin here, there and everywhere. Rub in a small amount of my lip balm to eliminate and alleviate dry skin. 

Heel balm - cracked skin is a common problem on heels. A daily application of the vegan lip balm will keep heels looking healthy and smooth

Lid gloss - a slick of sheen on the eyelids can really open up the eyes by reflecting light. Warm a small amount of balm between your ring fingers and gently pat onto your eyelids.

Shin shine - elongate the legs by rubbing the balm down the centre of your shins. The light will reflect off the shine from the balm to make your pins perfect.

If you can think of other uses for my vegan lip balm, I’d love to hear them!

To see more of Justine's flawless work follow her on Instagram at @justinejenkins