DIY Coffee Scrubs Can Help Get Rid Of Cellulite? Who Knew!

Alright ladies, I don’t know about you but the back of my thighs don’t look as, ummmm, shall we say: smooth and taught as they once did. 😉

As I understand it from the research I’ve done, cellulite develops over time in parts of the body that don’t get much circulation. What is it exactly? Pretty much what we suspect: FAT!

“As that muscle layer becomes thinner, weaker, and less firm, that overlying fat layer now doesn’t have a stable base.

The fat crinkles and wrinkles and goes in any direction because there’s not a solid, smooth foundation underneath it.”

(Source: Wayne L. Westcott, PhD, Prevention advisor and fitness research director at Quincy College)

This helps explain why the butt and back of the legs develop that not-so-flattering “cottage cheese” look that commonly appears as we age.

Considering the amount of hours I spend sitting in front of the computer (to write and research these handy tips, lol), no wonder I have issues!

Exercise routines that focus on problem areas can help, but here’s some interesting advice sent in by Linda:

Save used coffee grounds to make a body scrub then apply to areas that have cellulite or show signs of it developing.

Of course that tip caught my full attention and I just had to investigate further. Was this too good to be true or was there some veracity to this and a caffeine-rich scrub can indeed get rid of cellulite?

I discovered: Yes! Apparently conducting regular treatments like this can provide some positive and significant results! (Sources listed at bottom of this article).

I’ve compiled the recipe and instructions for making a batch and how to use it, but first here are a few quick notes before getting started…


  • You’ll need some patience! It may take several months of consistent treatments for significant results to appear. Don’t let this discourage you, start now and you’ll be primed for next summer’s bikini season!
  • If you have sensitive skin or are a bit older, don’t do more than twice a week to protect against overworking the skin. If irritations develop, reduce to once a week.
  • Is it ok if the coffee is decaffeinated? This is interesting: apparently it’s not as effective! Caffeine is the workhorse in this home remedy and an important ingredient that can’t be skipped.
  • The grounds don’t need to be put to use as soon as they’ve brewed, you can pack them in a container and refrigerate until needed. Microwave for about 30 seconds or so until they’re toasty warm (not hot).
  • Drinking lots of water helps your body stay hydrated and fights off those wretched dimples from developing in the first place.


Combine a mix of olive oil and warm coffee grounds.

  • Incorporate enough olive oil to make a thick paste then rub into problem areas to stimulate the blood flow.
  • Massage vigorously for a few minutes then shower to wash it all away.
  • Treatment can also be intensified by applying to skin then covering with plastic wrap. After 15 minutes pull off the plastic and shower to remove all the paste.
  • Repeat this procedure 2 to 3 times a week.
  • Another recipe you can try: 1 cup fresh grounds with a 1/2 cup each of brown sugar, sea salt and almond oil. Seal in a jar and store in a cool, dry place (shelf life is about 4 weeks). Deeply massage in for at least 5 minutes each time.

Additional Remedies

  • Rub concerning areas with a loofah sponge and slightly warmed olive oil for a few minutes before showering.
  • Deeply massage trouble spots regularly to work on the fatty bumps and lumps plus increase circulation.
  • Bathe twice a week with 2 cups of coarse sea salt added to the water.
  • Dimple Buster: Combine 1 TBS Honey with 1 TBS baking soda, add 1.5 tsp of lukewarm water then aggressively work into tummy, thighs and legs for 3 minutes until skin tone is flushed. You can decrease/add water if consistency isn’t right.


  • There’s Lead In Your Lipstick by Gillian Deacon
  • Ecobeauty: Scrubs, Rubs, Masks, Rinses, and Bath Bombs for You and Your Friends by Lauren Cox and Janice Cox

Thanks a bunch to Linda for sharing this definitely “Good To Know” advice!

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    • Elaine

    What we women don’t go through to be beautiful! I have my doubts if this will work. at least according to doctors. I never had cellulite till I was about 69 and now I look like cottage cheese so I think it is an inherited thing. My mom never had it either till late in life.

    • Alla

    Um, this isn’t serious, is it? It’s medically impossible to get rid of cellulite this way. Cellulite is collections of the body’s fat cells that aren’t “meeting up” at the edges, and therefore give an external “cottage cheese” look. There is no “home remedy” for them at all.

    Things like this may help tone the skin, and massage may help loosen anything from muscles to tight tendons, but that’s about it. Those things may — or may not — increase bloodflow enough to an area that skin and tissue will plump up.

    It’s really best to talk with a doctor if you’re that concerned with cellulite.

      • Katherine

      It actually does work to decrease the visibility. I have had cellulite since the age of 16 and tried many things. It is still there, the massaging doesn’t get rid of the cellulite, but it does decrease the visibilty and help the overlying layers to cover it.

        • jamie

        this does work! I have seen the results myself! 🙂

          • Adaunica

          Oh YeSSS Baby!! This REALLY Work! BEcause i did it for 3 month one time a day in the shower and is really efective!
          My Strech marks look so much better too! And my Skin is now so soft!

          From the first day you will notice that your skin feels very soft and hydrated by the exfoliation of coffee and oil. Over time you will love the way your skin looks. You can apply it all over your body for a complete exfoliation… divine!!!
          You just have to be persistent and do not get discouraged by anything or anyone. but the truth is that it has worked and I’m happy to say it out loud: Yes. This works!
          There is only one risk: Everyone will want to caress your skin!

      • Theressa

      Actually, it does work. I use this scrub, along with apple cidar vinegar treatments, and my cellulite is significantly diminished- almost gone. Maybe you shouldn’t ridicule something that you haven’t tried, or even researched. A doctor is only going to push treatments that contain toxic chemicals (in the forms of lotions, toners, pills, whatever else, etc). Natural treatment is usually the best, for cosmetic purposes at least.

    • Jas

    Also exercising helps with cellulite.

    • Ginger

    Some products has caffeine. I think it can work on the first signs of cellulite. Like nothing can cure deep aging lines but collagen pills work on fine lines.

    • Kristen

    This isn’t to get rid if cellulite completely..the caffeine plumps up your skin temporarily to give the appearance of less or no cellulite..I’ve tried works and lasts a day or 2

    • Cindy

    I’ve done it. It does help. So does walking. I used coconut oil instead of olive oil though.

    • Cooki

    I’ve had cellulite since I was young, not a severe case, but still some. I have managed to get rid of it by following a vegetarian diet and doing lots of exercise like walking a lot and yoga a few times per week. In 2 months I had the legs of a model 🙂

    • Carrie

    Vegetarian and yoga got rid of it? I’ve had it since I was a teenager I can’t get rid of it. I shall try the vegetarian thing

    • Dee

    NOTHING gets rid of cellulite

    • Candra

    The best thing to prove it is, DO IT YOURSELF (consistent for at least 2 months) !! If your cellulite still visible , than coffee – oil scrub is done nothing for you….but if the cellulite appearance begins to fade, then it works ! SIMPLE !
    Don’t forget to drink water 1,5 lt min per day & doing daily activity/light sport !

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