Mama Mio's Zap Cellulite Shrink to Fit Cream ($70) claims to be the first retail cream to come with two "revolutionary" new ingredients that will reduce cellulite: Adiposlim and Adipoless. In fact, these ingredients can be found in other anti-cellulite creams (such as Cellrase) as well. But if we are going to quibble, it should really be about whether Adiposlim and Adipoless are likely to work.

Both of them are supposed to target the adipocytes, amongst the biggest cells in the body and used to store fat. Let's start with Adiposlim. It is supposed to release fatty acids into the blood stream, preventing them from clumping together. It is the combination of sorbitan laurate and another ingredient that is confusingly referred to as lauryl praline or lauroyl proline depending on which anti-cellulite product you happen to be scrutinizing.

Sorbitan laurate is a rather humble ingredient that is in all sorts of cosmetic products and is typically used as an emulsifier and stabilizer at concentrations under 5%. Let's hope that Zap Cellulite has kept it to that level, since at doses above 10% it caused tumors on mouse skin.

Lauryl praline only seems exist in references to Adiposlim, so my research honed in on l-proline. This is an amino acid. It is used in pharmaceutical applications because it is "osmoprotectant" (easily soluble). Peptides bond to it and it is essential in the body for the synthesis of collagen. But apart from that, I can't find any independent description of l-praline's behavior that suggests it might zap cellulite and there is nothing at all to say it qualifies as a fatty acid disperser.

Adipoless is, of all things, quinoa extract. Yes, quinoa, the South American food staple and super grain. According to Bodyslim, another cellulite cream with these 'actives', the role of quinoa is to stop cell maturation and force the adipocytes to become dormant. There lots of reasons to have quinoa in your life, not least because it has the highest iron content of any grain. But, I can't find any evidence of its role as a cell or enzyme blocker either taken orally or topically.

All in all, Adiposlim and Adipoless fail to convince.


Aqua (Water), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Caffeine, Caprylic/Capric Triglceride, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, PEG 80 Sorbitan Laurate, Lauryl Poline, Dimethicone, Sodium Stearoul Glutamate, Sodium Acrylate/Acryloyidimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Chenopodium (Quinoa) Seed Extract, Laminaria Digitata, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Parfum (Fragrance), Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Cyclomethicone, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Menthol, Menthone Glycerine Acetal, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Citronellol, Evernia Furfacea (Treemoss) Extract, Benzyl Benzoate (from Ylang Oil).