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10 Best DIY Cellulite Scrubs

Kristina Cadwell  
November 30, 2022  

Studies show that eight to nine out of ten women struggle with cellulite. It’s a cosmetic issue that makes women’s skin – usually thighs and buttocks – look like orange peel. Many factors cause cellulite, including genetics, hormones, and aging. Its elimination requires a comprehensive strategy that consists of a healthy diet, regular exercise, cosmetic treatments, and anti-cellulite body scrubs.

Though many gels and creams claim to eliminate cellulite, body scrubs have proven to be a more effective solution.

This article recommends 10 homemade cellulite scrubs that you can quickly whip up in your kitchen, plus a bonus - Vibrant Skin Bar’s exclusive Cinnamon Coffee Scrub.

Best body scrubs for cellulite

Homemade Cellulite Scrub: 10 Best Scrubs

Most body scrubs for cellulite use coffee as the main ingredient because caffeine provides several benefits for the skin:

  • It dilates blood vessels, improving blood flow and circulation.
  • It stimulates the lymphatic system, helping to eliminate excess water and toxins.
  • It tightens the skin, helping to improve the skin’s texture.

When making your own body scrub, use the coffee grounds left after your morning cup. Used coffee grounds still contain enough caffeine to provide the desired beauty effects.

Sugar and salt are also used in body scrubs because sugar and salt granules exfoliate the skin. Finally, body scrubs contain oils to blend the ingredients and provide the necessary moisture.

Store all DIY body scrubs in air-tight containers for up to 6 months. Use them 1 to 3 times a week to avoid excessive damage to the skin. Regular weekly use ensures results.

The following is a list of 10 homemade body scrubs that nicely balance scrubbing ingredients with hydrating oils to reduce the appearance of lumpy skin and provide a soft finish.

Note: Learn why coffee is the perfect ingredient in coffee scrubs for cellulite.

1. Coffee and Olive Oil Anti-Cellulite Scrub

This simple body scrub for cellulite uses only two ingredients: coffee and olive oil.

Preparation: Mix 1 tablespoon of used coffee grounds with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and stir until the paste is even and smooth.

Apply the mixture on cellulite-affected areas and massage in circular motions for five to ten minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water.

Users report that the scrub has an immediate skin-tightening effect. Regular use helps eliminate toxins and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

2. Coffee and Coconut Oil Scrub

This is a modified version of the basic coffee cellulite scrub. Instead of olive oil, the scrub’s binding and the moisturizing agent is coconut oil.

Preparation: Heat 1 cup of coconut oil until it melts. Cool the oil but keep stirring so that it doesn’t solidify too much. Add 1 cup of coffee grounds, 2/3 cup sugar, and 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract. Mix until the ingredients combine.

Sugar helps eliminate dead skin cells from the skin’s surface, coffee improves circulation and the removal of toxins, and coconut oil hydrates the skin. The vanilla extract gives the scrub and skin a pleasant smell.

3. Coffee and Avocado Oil Scrub

Coffee and avocado scrub

Avocado is a rich emollient, making it a good addition to coffee, which can dry out the skin.

Preparation: Mix 1 cup of coffee grounds with 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 mashed avocado. Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil to ensure a smooth consistency.

Apply the paste onto damp skin and scrub using circular movements. Leave on for 10-15 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Discard leftovers because homemade scrubs with avocado must be used the same day.

Note: Learn more about using avocado oil for skin care.

4. Coffee and Oatmeal Scrub

Coffee and oatmeal make a potent exfoliating combination. Oatmeal is used in skincare products to reduce inflammation, so it’s a good choice for people with sensitive skin. Grind and steam the oats before use.

Preparation: ½ cup of oatmeal, 2 teaspoons of coffee grounds, 2 teaspoons of salt, 5 drops of orange essential oil, 4 drops of rosemary essential oil, 2 drops of cinnamon oil.

Massage the cellulite-affected areas for 5-10 minutes. Wash with warm water.

Essential oils and cinnamon help combine the harsher ingredients and keep the skin smooth and hydrated. If the skin appears dry after scrubbing, apply a rich moisturizing cream. Discard leftovers because scrubs with oatmeal must be used the same day.

5. Coffee and Honey Scrub

Honey has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and is often used in body skincare products to help protect the skin.

Preparation: ½ cup of coffee grounds, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, ¼ cup of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of honey. Mix until all ingredients are well blended.

Note: Check out Vibrant Skin Bar's Warming Honey Cleanser.

6. Sugar and Coconut Oil Scrub

This is another simple body scrub that uses only two ingredients. Sugar is the exfoliant and coconut oil ensures the skin stays smooth and plump.

Preparation: Mix 3 tablespoons of sugar with 6 tablespoons of coconut oil. You can add 10-15 drops of essential oils of your choice for a more pleasant experience.

Massage the skin for several minutes and wash off the scrub with warm water.

7. Brown Sugar and Sea Salt Scrub

Sugar and salt are coarse ingredients and require adding enough oils to ensure the scrub doesn’t irritate the skin. This scrub is not recommended for people with sensitive skin.

Preparation: Mix 1 cup of brown sugar, 1 cup of sea salt, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract (for smell), and 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.

Lemon juice lightens the skin, so you can skip this ingredient if you don’t want the lightening effect.

Apply the scrub to damp skin and rub it in using circular movements. Leave it for 5-10 minutes, and then wash with lukewarm water.

8. Wheat Bran and Baking Soda Scrub

Wheat bran contains various beneficial ingredients, such as vitamin E, which nourishes the skin, and selenium, which helps protect it from UV rays. It is often used in skincare products as an exfoliating and anti-aging agent.

Baking soda has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is used as an exfoliator. It can also improve circulation and help reduce the appearance of cellulite.

Preparation: 2 tablespoons of wheat bran, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 teaspoon of coconut oil. If necessary, add 1 teaspoon of water to ensure a smooth consistency.

Rub the scrub into the skin and massage gently for 10-15 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water. Regular use can help improve the skin’s tone and texture and restore its healthy glow.

9. Aloe Vera and Grapefruit Scrub

Aloe vera is a well-known anti-inflammatory skincare ingredient. It also tightens the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of orange peel skin.

Grapefruit contains the enzyme bromelain, which helps break down fat and prevents the formation of new fat cells. It is often used in anti-cellulite products.

Preparation: Mix the juice from one aloe vera leaf and 2 tablespoons of grapefruit oil. Another option is to use 3.5 oz of store-bought aloe vera gel and mix it with 15 drops of grapefruit essential oil.

Rub the mixture into cellulite-affected areas and massage for 10 minutes. Rinse off with lukewarm water. Discard leftovers because scrubs with grapefruit must be used the same day.

10. Ginger, Honey, and Chili Body Scrub

Chili and ginger have a positive effect on metabolic processes in the skin and increase blood circulation, helping to burn fat and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Note the scrub may cause a slight burning sensation. Do not use it on skin with cuts or wounds.

Preparation: 2 tablespoons of sea salt, 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 teaspoon of ground ginger, 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper.

Apply the scrub on damp skin on problem areas and leave it on for 5 minutes. We recommend using scrubs with chili for spot treatments to avoid serious skin reaction. Rinse off with warm water.

Bonus: Cinnamon Coffee Scrub

Coffee cinnamon body scrub for cellulite

Vibrant Skin Bar’s signature Cinnamon Coffee Scrub is an excellent anti-cellulite solution if you want a tested and tried product with a high satisfaction rate.

Its main ingredients are coffee, sugar, cinnamon, avocado oil, sunflower oil, jojoba oil, and vanilla bean. Coffee and sugar cleanse the skin’s surface, stimulating the removal of toxins and helping to smooth the skin. Cinnamon adds antioxidant benefits to the product, and different oils deeply hydrate and plump the skin.

Apply the product on wet skin during your shower and gently massage for several minutes. It is safe to use daily.

Note: Learn what are the body scrub benefits and how to choose the best type of scrub for your skin.


Because of cellulite, many women avoid wearing shorts, short skirts, and bikinis. This skin issue is difficult to treat and requires patience. Long-term use of body scrubs with ingredients that improve circulation, such as coffee, can help reduce the appearance of dimpled skin, but only if combined with a healthy diet and regular physical activity.

If you’re interested in a quicker solution to your problem, try our popular, new anti-cellulite cosmetic treatment. Read this blog post on QWO injectables to learn how they work and what results to expect.

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Kristina Cadwell
PA Kristina Cadwell graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She then completed the Physician Assistant program at A.T. Still University graduating with a Masters of Medical Science degree. Kristina has been working in the Aesthetic Medical field for over 10 years. She is certified in neurotoxin cosmetic injection, dermal fillers, Plasma Pen skin tightening, chemical peels, and laser therapy. She is known for producing natural results and has extensive knowledge in diet and exercise allowing her to help you achieve vibrant skin from the inside out.
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