Smooth out that bubble butt just in time for summer! Caffeine is an important ingredient in a lot of anti-cellulite treatments. We spend insane amounts of money on creams that promise you Victoria Secret legs overnight. And all this time the ingredients have been sitting right there in your kitchen.
This easy moisturizing lotion is based on my lightweight lotion recipe. I added coffee infused oil to kick it up a notch. Bonus(es): this cream gives your legs a beautiful bronzed tint and smells divinely of coffee!
What I used:
- 1/2 cup of coffee grounds
- 1 cup of oil – I used olive oil
- 1/2 cup coconut oil – Get it here
- 1 cup store-bought aloe vera gel – Get it here
1. Infuse your oils
Choose whatever oil you like. I chose olive oil because it’s so amazingly cost-effective. I’ve heard great things about hazelnut oil, almond oil and jojoba oil for this purpose as well.
There are two ways to infused oils with coffee grounds.
The long, cold method:
Put 1/2 cup of unused coffee grounds and 1 cup of oil in a glass container. Close it up and put it somewhere nice, dry and dark. Let it infuse for 2 weeks or more.
This is what I did, because for me this is the lazy option. Throw together all the ingredients, put it somewhere and forget about it for (in my case four) weeks. Then all you need to do is remember where you put it and start your DIY. If you’re someone who sees something and needs to make it RIGHT NOW (I know the feeling), luckily there’s a shorter option.
The short, hot method:
Heat your oil in a double boiler. Add your coffee grounds and let it sit over low heat for more or less 1 hour. Take it off the heat and let it cool.
Strain your oil well. I used a coffee filter, but as I found out you have to be a very patient person, with zero anger management issues and the zen level of a monk. I just did something else while the oil dripped away. You get a good, decent amount of oil after watching one episode on Netflix, for example.
I’ve heard you can also use a cheese cloth, a fine mesh strainer or old, clean panty hose. I can imagine these go a lot quicker.
2. Mix up your lotion
Combine 1 cup of aloe vera gel, 1/2 cup of coconut oil (not melted!) and 1/2 cup of your coffee infused oils. Mix it all together with a blender until it start to look like lotion.
3. Massage, massage, massage!
Another great secret to tackling cellulite (little fat deposits underneath the skin) is massaging the affected area. After a nice long shower I like to scoop a handful out of the container and take my time to massage my legs and booty.
It leaves a subtle bronzed layer on my legs as well!
As far as I’ve noticed it doesn’t rub off, but I would be extra careful and wait until the oil has been completely absorbed.
Time to get out those short shorts!