Ivy, Juniper and Grapefruit Toning Cream

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 50 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 10 min
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1 3/4 ounces fresh ivy leaves (Hedera helix)

1 cup gin

10 drops juniper essential oil

Peel of 2 grapefruits

2 tablespoons sunflower oil

3 teaspoons emulsifying wax

1 teaspoon beeswax


  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees F or its lowest setting.
  2. Wash the ivy leaves, pat dry, and chop roughly. Place on a baking sheet and let dry in the oven for 1 hour.
  3. Blitz the dried ivy leaves in a blender with the gin, juniper essential oil and grapefruit peel. Strain through a sieve into a bowl to remove all the fiber, squeezing the pulp with your hands to extract as much liquid as possible.
  4. Heat the sunflower oil, emulsifying wax and beeswax in a heatproof glass bowl above a pot of boiling water until all the wax has melted. Take off the heat and slowly whisk in the ivy liquid, 1 tablespoon at a time. Pour into glass jars and let cool.
  5. Apply to legs once or twice a day for up to 3 weeks. Then take a two-week break before using again.
  6. For external use only. Do not use if you are allergic to ivy.
  7. Keep in the refrigerator and use within 2 months.