For those of us who battle a genetic disposition toward cellulite, the promise of a non-invasive disappearing act is like a religious calling to an atheist. We want to believe, we want to! And so it is with particular zeal that I jumped on the chance to try a new product that TIA offered me to review: Osmotics Cosmeceuticals Cellulite Control Body Glow CC Cream ($75).

Osmotics Cosmeceuticals was founded in 1993 by Francine Edmund Porter, who takes a very personal interest in the quality, packaging and promotion of her product line. Her stated goal is to “create a new paradigm in the industry,” working with “leading university medical centers and world-renowned scientists” to incorporate the latest breakthroughs in the field.”  Bold print on the back of the bottle states: NO artificial colors or fragrances, cruelty free, gluten free (though why a topical agent needs to be gluten free is unclear to me). Nevertheless, this all seems promising and worth a try.

This “triple action slimming complex” promises to “firm, tighten and tone the skin,” with a “soft focus pigment” to color correct for a “flawless, radiant glow.” The instructions recommend using twice a day on affected areas and states that best results are gotten by applying after using the Osmotics Sugar Scrub Body Polish ($38) to exfoliate and refine. So I got to try the Sugar Scrub as well, which I found to be delightful and effective in both exfoliating and emolliating.

The Cellulite Control cream comes in a 6oz pump bottle that’s nicely designed and easy to use. Two pumps from the bottle dispenses enough cream for one average size thigh, and it has a pleasant creamy texture with a pleasantly floral fragrance. There is no indication on the bottle of how long one must use the product before seeing results, nor if the appearance of cellulite returns if you stop using it. So I just plunged in and started with a twice-daily regimen on my upper thighs. While I did not take before and after photos, I did look very carefully in the mirror under different lighting conditions to make sure that my eyes would not be tricked by ambient effects later on.

It didn’t take long for me to realize that I was starting to look like a 50/50 bar, as the pigmenting agent was tanning my thighs while my lower legs remained its normal snowy glow. So I began using it on my entire legs, even though they didn’t need it. After a couple of weeks I think I started seeing a slight improvement, though with the tanning effect, it’s hard to know. I used it for a full month before I had to stop since I was leaving for vacation and could not take it with me on the plane for security reasons. Such are the dangers of cellulite control.

I still have a full half a bottle of product left and will certainly resume the regimen, especially since it’s summertime and the beach beckons. So while I can’t claim to have had remarkable results, I can certainly say that the slight improvement I did see after one month convinced me that for $113 ($75 for the Cellulite Cream, plus $38 for the Sugar Scrub) it’s cheaper, easier and much less dangerous than liposuction. And, it showed enough of an improvement to make me feel more confident in a swimsuit, which in my book is priceless.

Ingredients: Water, Erythrulose, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Emulsifying Wax NF, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Euglena Gracilis Extract, Caffeine, Glaucium Flavum Leaf Extract, Propanediol, Fisetin, Raspberry Ketone, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Coco Glucoside, Caprylyl Glycol, Alcohol, Glaucine, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Tin Oxide, Red Iron Oxide, Tetrahydropiperine, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Saccharide Isomerate, Panthenol (Vitamin-B5), Allantoin, Carbomer, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tromethamine