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 for your anti cellulite lotion have been sitting right there in your kitchen.
This easy moisturizing lotion is based on a lightweight lotion recipe. I added coffee infused oil to kick it up a notch. And this anti cellulite lotion comes with a few bonuses: this cream gives your legs a beautiful bronzed tint and smells divinely of coffee!
1. How To Infuse Oils
This coffee infused oil is the base of our anti cellulite lotion recipe. Without this caffeine infusion you just have a very moisturizing body lotion, without the cellulite busting properties.
What I use:
- 1/2 cup of unused coffee grounds
- 1 cup of carrier oil – I used olive oil
First you have to pick your base oil. I usually choose olive oil because it’s so amazingly cost-effective. You probably already have it in your kitchen right now, and it’s a great moisturizer for your skin. You can also pick another one of your favorite carrier oils, like hazelnut oil, almond oil or jojoba oil.
Now, there are two ways to infused oils with coffee grounds.
The long, cold method to infuse oils:
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 do, 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 (trust me, I know the feeling), there’s a shorter option.
The short, hot method to infuse oils:
Slowly heat your oil in a double boiler.
You can make a double boiler by filling a small cooking pot about half way with water. Heat the water on a medium setting. Place a heat proof container inside so it sits on top of the water. This can be a sauce pan for example. Make sure the edges of the pot below aren’t covered!
I like to use a universal double boiler for all my DIY Beauty recipes.
Add your coffee grounds to the double boiler and let it sit on a low heat setting for 1 hour. Take the oil and coffee grounds mixture off the heat and let it cool.
2. Strain your oil (cold + hot method):
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 other people use a cheese cloth, a fine mesh strainer or a clean panty hose. I can imagine these methods go a lot quicker.
3. Mix up your anti cellulite lotion
What I use:
- 1/2 cup of coffee infused oil
- 1/2 cup coconut oil – Get it here
- 1 cup store-bought aloe vera gel – Get it here
Combine 1 cup of preserved aloe vera gel, 1/2 cup of coconut oil and 1/2 cup of your coffee infused oils.
Mix all the ingredients together with a blender or an electric whisk until it start to look like lotion.
If your coconut oil is very solid at room temperature you can melt it first. Wait until the coconut oil starts to thicken again before whisking it with the other ingredients.
This recipe is made with store bought aloe vera gel, because these have some kind of preservative added to them. If you use fresh aloe vera gel the shelf life of your product will drop drastically. Look for a brand that has as close as possibly can to 99 percent aloe vera gel in the bottle and verify if the preservative(s) used are okay with you.
Since aloe vera gel is still a water soluble ingredient this lotion has a limited shelf life. Store this anti cellulite lotion in a dark, air tight container in the fridge. Use up within four to six weeks.
For a longer shelf life, leave out the aloe vera gel and use a mixture of only coconut oil and coffee infused oil. The texture will be different but the cellulite busting effects will be the same!
4. Massage, massage, massage!
Another great secret to tackling cellulite (which are actually little fat deposits underneath the skin) is massaging the affected area. After a nice long shower I like to scoop about a tablespoon out of the container and take my time to massage my legs and booty.
Make sure to keep all water out of your container! I recommend you use a clean spoon or spatula to take the product out of the container.
Aaaaaand … It leaves a subtle bronzed layer on my legs as well!
As far as I’ve noticed it doesn’t rub off onto my clothes, but I would be extra careful and wait until the oil has been completely absorbed by your skin.
Time to get out those short shorts!
Get your legs summer ready with this easy homemade, all natural cellulite busting lotion.
- 1/2 cup coffee infused oil
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup store-bought aloe vera gel
- Combine preserved aloe vera gel, coconut oil and coffee infused oil in a bowl. See post for instructions to infuse a carrier oil with coffee grounds.
- Mix all the ingredients together with a blender or an electric whisk until it start to look like a lotion consistency.
- Scoop product out of the container with a clean spoon or spatula and massage into the skin.
Store in a dark, air tight container in the fridge. Use up within four to six weeks. For a longer shelf life, leave out the aloe vera gel.