You could win a tanning contest against this bottle.

You could win a tan contest against this bottle.

The Little Luxury: Maui Babe Browning Lotion

Relationship status: Thoroughly addicted since introduced 6 years ago, cannot spend a summer or a vacation without it.

Alias: Tanning’s Holy Grail

What is Maui Babe: The greatest tanning lotion known to man. Made in Hawaii with coffee, iodine, oil, lots of love and other top secret ingredients.

Does it do what it says it’ll do? YES. You rub it on your skin like lotion, you lay in the sun, and you watch yourself get tan. It doesn’t burn you, it BROWNS. It’s actually changed the way my skin takes in the sun– even when I’m in the sun without Maui Babe, it seems like after all these years my skin has been trained to get brown rather than burned.

The bottle says it’s fast. How fast could it be? I see tan lines within 10 minutes.

But… isn’t tanning bad for you? Aren’t you supposed to be telling me wear SPF 50 and get a damage-erasing facial with one of your spa deals or something? Of course. I was getting there. You should definitely wear sunscreen under your Babe to protect your skin while you brown it… Maui Babe makes an SPF 30 lotion.We can’t stop you from tanning, so at least do it safely. (I’ll let you decide on your own if you wanted to try one of those facial deals.)

What does it smell like? Feel like? I thought you’d never ask. It smells like a mix of coffee, cocoa, oil and beach. Some people love it, some people would rather save the smell for their mocha latte. It’s a thick and goopy cream that freaks a lot people out.

Those bottles look a little ghetto: Watch your mouth.

Does the brown rub off on your clothes? Yes. Every time. BUT! It comes right out in the wash, no problem. I’ve never gotten a permanent Babe stain, but I can’t imagine I’d be that upset if I did.

Proving love, time and again: I once made my entire family– including my immobile grandmother, drive over an hour to go to the nearest store in Florida that carried The Babe. I also once had a shipment practically over-nighted from Hawaii to arrive before leaving for a vacation.

Where can I get it? Back in the good old days, you could only order it from MauiBabe.com or go to Maui to pick it up. Maui Babe was a true rarity. Now you can find it all over. I’ll never forget the day I walked into Duane Reade on 34th and 3rd in Manhattan, and to my horror, sitting right there on the shelf among the lowly Banana Boats and Coppertones, sat a row of my beautiful Babe. I felt so responsible, so connected, so deceived, and SO overwhelmed, that I stood there in Duane Reade at 2 in the morning convincing people in line to buy Maui Babe until they sold out entirely. 

The price of the perfect suntan:  $13.99 for a 4 oz bottle, $23 for an 8 oz at Mauibabe.com. Prices have doubled over the last few years, which I guess they’ve earned. You may also consider buying a set that includes Sunscreen and/or their After Sun formula. Or, buy Babe in bulk. 

Social Babe: I found them on Twitter and Facebook today! Couldn’t be more excited.

The Real Deal: Tomorrow I am going on my first vacation without Maui Babe in tow… because I am going to Maui! Of all the reasons I’m excited, number one might be to feel the glorious satisfaction of buying and using Maui Babe exactly where God intended

Hot Stone Scale: 6 out of 6


This Little Luxury Report was brought to you by: Michelle

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