DIY Coffee-licious Anti Cellulite lotion (bronzing too!)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

Get rid of cellulite easy! Make your own coffee lotion with simple ingredients like coffee grounds and coconut oil - A DIY by The Makeup Dummy

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!



Make your own anti-cellulite lotion A DIY by The Makeup Dummy

DIY Anti Cellulite Lotion

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


  1. 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.   
  2. Mix all the ingredients together with a blender or an electric whisk until it start to look like a lotion consistency.
  3. 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.

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If you pin this DIY your anti cellulite lotion will work even better! 😉

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  1. Lynn 1 May 2016 at 17:49

    Quick question….if you use the cold method (I don’t have a double boiler) do I need to strain the oil?

    1. Ina | The Makeup Dummy 1 May 2016 at 19:03

      Yes, always!

  2. Hannah 1 June 2016 at 01:22

    Are you sure it’s not 1 cup coconut oil and 1/2 cup aloe? Mine looks nothing like yours.

    1. The Makeup Dummy 1 June 2016 at 19:32

      The lotion should have a liquid, creamy consistency. It’s possible that when it’s warm outside the coconut oil melts and that can change the consistency. It will work just as well!

  3. Marivel 7 July 2016 at 02:23

    The four week method doesn’t explain how to drain the coffee.. It just states to put everything in a jar and forget about it. I need to know specifics after the four weeks do I put it in a blender or strain the coffee out

  4. DavetteB 5 August 2016 at 23:59

    Regardless of the method used to infuse your coffee oil, you need to strain it before using. Save the oily coffee grounds and use for a scrub in the bath or shower. The coffee oil also makes a great eye serum to deflate puffiness. HTH

  5. Georgia 27 April 2017 at 19:49

    what is i have no aloe gel? Any substitute?

  6. Theresa 15 August 2017 at 14:03

    I am allergic to coconut oil- do you think avocodo oil or grapeseed would work? They dont solidify like coconut so idk

    1. Arisa 17 January 2018 at 04:37

      no, in order for this recipe to work you’ll need a solid oil

  7. Hadia 3 October 2017 at 07:21

    Can i use fresh aloe vera gel instead?

  8. Ash 27 November 2017 at 08:17

    Has anyone tried it does it really work?

  9. Ash 8 December 2017 at 15:14

    If I do it the long way do I use to separate containers?? An put in a blender after 2/4 weeks??

    1. The Makeup Dummy 10 December 2017 at 14:37

      When you use the cold method, combine the coffee and oil in a container and set aside for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks, use a cheese cloth, strainer or coffee filter to seperate the coffee grounds from the oil. Now use the oil for the rest of the DIY. I hope this answers your question!

  10. Deborah Schmicker 9 February 2019 at 21:33

    Hi, I have a bottle of liquid coconut oil. at hand. Would that be suitable for this lotion or would I definitely need to purchase a solid coconut oil? Thanks!

    1. The Makeup Dummy 11 February 2019 at 14:30

      Hi Deborah, in this case solid coconut oil will work best.

  11. Zahrah Ahmed 2 April 2019 at 15:48

    Can I use this lotion for my face? And do I need to drain if I’m using instant coffee?

    1. The Makeup Dummy 2 April 2019 at 20:31

      Hi Zahrah, I don’t recommend using instant coffee for this DIY. I would only use dry good quality coffee grounds.

  12. Susan 28 April 2019 at 15:46


    Have you ever tried an organic liquid coffee extract?


    1. The Makeup Dummy 28 April 2019 at 18:09

      Hi Susan, no I haven’t!

  13. Linda 11 May 2019 at 04:55

    I made my first batch today. It turned out great. My skin is really soft. Two questions,when should I expect to see results and do you reccomend anything to add to make it smell better?

  14. Nicole 24 June 2019 at 16:31

    I love your recipe for this lotion but if I’m in a hurry to make it instead of dripping it I actually put my coffee in a pair of pantyhose and then boil it in the olive oil on the stove for an hour and it works fantastic .

    1. The Makeup Dummy 24 June 2019 at 17:59

      Thanks for the wonderful tip Nicole!


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