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Homemade Coffee Body Lotion Recipe – For a Pick Me Up Anytime.

July 23, 2011
Since my days have been switched around lately for my new work schedule, I’ve discovered just why my boyfriend loves Starbucks so much. Coffee definitely gets you through many a rough morning and makes the day easier. While I prefer my caffeine in the form a mocha or chai latte or even a cup of Earl Grey loose leaf tea or Diet Mountain Dew, I see the appeal of just plain old coffee. Mine just have to have flavors. So I was pretty psyched find this recipe for Homemade Coffee Body Lotion.
Homemade Coffee Body Lotion from One Mom’s World Reflected in Photographs
While research suggests that caffeine can’t be absorbed through your skin if it’s found in soap, a caffeinated lotion is a different story. So you can probably expect a little pick me up from the use of this product. It’s also suggested that caffeine can reduce hair growth suppression caused by testosterone. However, if you’re vying away from caffeine for any reason, simply use a decaffeinated coffee in your recipe.
The Coffee Lotion Recipe from One Mom’s World Reflected in Photographs Blog calls for 1 1/2 cups of real coffee – your favorite of course! The author used Hazelnut Cream Coffee for her handmade coffee body lotion. She then scents the body lotion with essential oils of her choice. However, if you happen to be a ridiculously huge coffee fan, you can also add a bit of coffee scented fragrance oil. Just be sure to refer to manufacturer guidelines of any fragrance oil you choose to see what the maximums are for using in lotions. These can vary wildly from .2% – 2% depending on the fragrance. I’m partial to the Coffee Mocha Fragrance myself as it smells like Starbuck’s blend of chocolate, vanilla and coffee.
For the rest of this recipe you just need some emulsifying wax, a carrier oil like olive or almond or even coconut oil, and a little Vitamin E! It’s not difficult to make and wildly scrumptious on your skin. If you’re looking for organic ingredients for your recipe, be sure to check out Mountain Rose Herbs. In the meantime, you can view the full diy for making your own coffee body lotion here.


  • Tiffany at Beyond Magical Bath and Body

    July 23, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    This looks wonderful!

  • Sewplicity

    July 23, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    This sounds great….I can’t get enough coffee in the morning – perhaps it would help! I’d love if you stopped by my weekend craft hop and shared your link! http://sewplicity.blogspot.com/2011/07/weekend-craft-hop.html

  • Retro Junction

    July 23, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Awesome DIY project! Thanks for all the links!

  • Kati

    July 24, 2011 at 3:22 am

    I agree! This sound fabulous!

  • momphotographer

    July 24, 2011 at 3:58 am

    Thank you for talking about my body lotion!
    I’ve been using it for over a year and I just love it. I can’t think of any other body lotion for myself.

  • Bellina Creations

    July 24, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    This sounds lovely!

  • Laura Ingalls Gunn

    July 25, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    What an adorable DIY project! Thank you so much for sharing.

    Happy Monday!

  • Maggie

    July 25, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    wow I just luv your soaps recipes.
    I’m inviting you to join our linking party every Wednesday at
    Have a fabulous week,

  • Kim

    July 27, 2011 at 2:47 am

    I absolutely love the smell of coffee. The caffiene, though sends me through the roof. I can’t wait to try this, decaffiented of course. Thanks for sharing,

  • José

    July 27, 2011 at 11:45 pm


    I quite never understood the fuss about caffeine, moreover in a country like USA where I presume the coffee is consumed weak when compared to where I live (Portugal).
    Besides caffeine also has benefits.
    Like all things in life, it should be consumed with parsimony.

    This body lotion must smell great, by the way.

    Kind regards,


  • Rebecca (Soap Deli News Blog)

    July 28, 2011 at 3:13 am

    José, caffeine is not recommended for women pregnant or nursing as it’s transmitted to baby and can cause addiction then withdrawal. Also, anyone with anxiety disorders can be negatively affected as it can worsen anxiety. There are lots of reasons one may choose to avoid caffeine, including withdrawal symptoms when reducing intake. When I cut back years back I got major headaches from withdrawal.

  • Kaili Williams

    July 28, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    Lovely! I am a huge fan of coffee – I’ll have to try to make this some time 🙂


  • momphotographer

    July 31, 2011 at 3:35 am

    I just made a new batch of this coffee lotion. Made some changes. Added coca butter and grapefruit juice!


    It’s awesome!!! You should check it out!

  • Katie

    August 2, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    I love this coffee body lotion recipe! Love it!

    Thanks for linking up last week at Sew Woodsy last week! Hope you’ll join us tomorrow and link up!

  • Jean Marie

    July 16, 2013 at 2:18 am

    This is the best body lotion… I love how it makes my skin feel SO soft.

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