Homemade coffee body lotion

I’ve made this body lotion for a few times now, and it’s always great.

When I made it for the first time I added too much (for my taste) essential oils. The second time I didn’t add anything at all and I actually didn’t like it so much, as well. without the essential oils this lotions smells like mocha coffee. It’s actually very pleasant scent, but I like it to have a delicate citrus scent to it as well.

So this time, I think, I’ve found the perfect recipe for me.

So, this is how I made it:

1) 1/2 cup of emulsifying wax (you can get it from Mountain Rose Herbs.)

2) 1/2 cup of almond oil

You can use what ever oil you’ve got. The better quality of the oil, the better quality of your body lotion.

For example:

coconut oil – very moisturaizing and great for irritated and sensitive skin.

sunflower oil – is loaded with Vitamins A, D, and E. great for damaged and aged skin.

for more oils and their descriptions go here.

But you really don’t have to focus on that. Olive oil or sunflower oil will work just fine!

3) Over double bath melt the wax in oil. DO NOT MICROWAVE IT!!!

4) When the wax and olive oil are mixed well together so there isn’t any piece of wax floating on the oil pour it into a glass jar or glass bowl or whatever jar (it should be glass) you want to use for this purpose ( I use a jar after TOSTITOS salsa).

5)  add 1 1/2 cup of hot coffee. I made mine very strong (Hazelnut Creme, btw. Yumm! and smells sooo good)!

*According to Esthetician Jennifer Tanner from CancerLynx.com, when coffee is applied topically it redistributes fat cells and helps to prevent cellulite from forming. She goes on to say that it helps to get rid of varicose veins by shrinking and tightening your blood vessels.

6) Stir it well. Very well.

7) Don’t let the coffee to separate from the rest of the mixture. If you see something like on the picture below stir it again. Stir it very well. And after 2, 3 minutes stir it again, and again… and again… Until the mixture is thick. If you forget to do that and you let the mixture to separate don’t worry… You can heat it up a little, and start the process of stiring the mixture every couple of minutes again :-)

8) Sometime in the middle of the stirring process, when the mixture is not hot anymore add (or not) essential oils, or fragrance oils, or both. This is what I used today. 15 drops of grapefruit essential oil, and 5 of amber rose fragrance oil.

The difference between them is that the fragrance oil is mostly for the scent, while especial oils have therapeutic properties (and they smell nice, too). Before the decision what kind of essential oil you want to use for your lotion you have to check it out if it’s safe. Not all of them are safe to use on skin. So, just google it.

For example grapefruit essential oil helps to boost digestion, benefits the immune system by helping to clear the lymphatic system, helps with skin problems, and can be used for muscle stiffness, water retention and for bolstering the nervous system.

BUT

it can irritate the skin if exposed to strong sunlight after treatment.

9) At the same time open a few capsules of vitamin E and pour the liquid into your body lotion.

10) Ready to use!!!

or to play with :-)

* this lotion is not a miraculous protection from cellulite!!! If you don’t drink enough water every day, if you don’t exercise and eat a healthy diet this lotion won’t make you cellulite to disappear or it won’t prevent the cellulite to appear. As a woman who already had one child and is expecting another one in a close future I do have to admit I have cellulite and this lotion didn’t make it disappear. My cellulite hasn’t gotten any bigger since I started to use this lotion, though (and I’ve used it for about a year). If you want to fight cellulite you should try to use this lotion with coffee body scrubs and body wraps using coffee grounds and olive oil.

For even better recipe check out my post: Cocoa Butter Coffee Body Lotion. That lotion helped me to fight with stretch marks thanks to cocoa butter in it.

Happy mixing and using! I hope you’ll all enjoy it!


55 thoughts on “Homemade coffee body lotion”

  1. Mmm…I have never thought to make my own lotion. Thanks for the recipe :O) I really enjoy the finished lotion shot. It actually looks like ribbon or something :O) Thanks for linking up!

  2. Thank you for stopping by…
    and Martha… this lotions is the easiest thing to do even with a kid and all the chores around the house… and even if you are working mom at the same time. If you are a coffee drinker just make two extra cups of coffee, mixing wax and oil takes about 5 minutes. Stiring the coffee-oil-wax mixture until it thicken migh take you about half an hour but in the mean time you can do whatever you have to do…
    and the restul… IS WORTH IT!!!
    hugs,

  3. Wow, thanks for the recipe! Awesome shot of the lotion, I totally thought it was wonton soup or something. How pleased I was to find a cool lotion recipe in it’s place!! ;)

  4. great recipe! i have a question though. does the caffeine lose its effectiveness over time? i know that if you leave coffee out for over an hour or so it loses its flavors and whatnot, but does the strength of the caffeine lessen as well? thanks!

    1. No. You can’t use only beeswax. It doesn’t work the same way as e. wax. To achieve the same results (and I don’t know that from experience just from what I read) you need to use borax with beeswax. I do not know the ratio how much borax you need for a certain amount of beeswax. You would have to find it out. try to google it.

      1. I love the recipe, thanks! I went to Pinterest specifically looking for this, and found yours. When I lived in France, all of the pharmacies sold a dozen different brands of cellulite-fighting lotions, and the ones with caffeine are considered to be the most efficient. As for the beeswax: I make all of my diy creams with it. The stirring part just needs to be a little more intense at the end as it thickens. Thanks again; and congrats on the incredible photography! I will share a link to your post on my blog.

  5. wow!!! I made this lotion yesterday, for the first time, and I love it! I have been making lotion for a few years now, trying different recipes that I find on line or in books, but this one is my absolute favorite! I used hazelnut coffee (no E.O.) and it smells yummy, I can’t stop smelling it. LOL Thanks for the recipe. I can’t wait to try the recipe with grapefruit juice in it.

    1. nop, you can’t use beeswax in place of e.wax.
      they do not have the same properties therefore beeswax won’t help the lotion to get creamy. the water and the oil will not combine and they will stay separated.
      if you want to use beeswax then you must use it with borax. those two together have similar properties to e.wax. but beeswax itself won’t work.

  6. If you are using water in the formulation, why no preservative? Bacteria, yeast and other nasties will grow without a preservative. The Vitamin E is a great antioxidant which will extend the shelf life of your carrier oils, but it isn’t a preservative.

  7. I was wondering if I don’t use any fragrance oils and use hazelnut coffee, will the lotion have a strong coffee fragrance?

    1. Are you sure, you used all the ingredients as it’s listed?
      I have been making this lotion for years and it’s always nice and creamy. I have friends who made it and it never fails.

      It sounds like you might have missed the emulsifying wax or didn’t use enough.

  8. I have made a body “lotion” using tea, and no matter how much I mixed, and mixed and mixed…I could not get the water to completely unite with the other ingredients. I even used my ninja and still nothing. I ended up having to drain what liquid was left over. So, how do I make that not be the case with this recipe? Is it b/c the coffee is thicker? What do you use to blend the ingredients?

    1. Have you used the emulsifying wax ? not the beeswax!!! Sometimes people use beeswax in place of the emulsifying wax, and it doesn’t work. The purpose of the emulsifying wax is to make the water/tea/coffee unite with the oil. Also, while combining, all the liquids should be pretty warm (on the hot side).

      1. Thank you, after I had written my comment, I reviewed some of the other comments and found the one about the beeswax, so I did a search on the differences, and that was why it didn’t mix. I will need to get some emusifying wax for my creams then. thx!!!

  9. When I combine 2 parts (oil mixed and coffee mixed) both should be hot right? And can I use tea instead coffee in same ratio?

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