Maui Babe Browning Lotion Review

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For many of us, trying to get a tan isn’t as simple as sitting out in the sun and letting nature take its course. In some cases, this can result in turning as red as a tomato or even worse, painful burns.

Maui Babe’s Browning Lotion promises to change that for those of us who struggle to tan. Over the course of this Maui Babe Browning Lotion Review, we’re going to take a look at the Browning Lotion, going over its pros and cons as well as its results.


Maui Babe Browning Lotion Review

Maui Babe Browning Lotion

We’ll be discussing some of the key features to consider before buying this browning lotion, and we’ll also take a look at how it works for a range of different skin types and tanning regimens.

Key Features at a Glance

  • Ingredients include kukui nut oil, kona coffee plant extract, potassium iodide, aloe, Vitamins A, C, and E, and light mineral oil
  • Designed for light skin tones, but works with darker skin as well
  • Helps speed up natural tanning by amplifying the effects of the sun

Dimensions and Specs

  • Comes in multiple pack options for bulk discounts
  • 8 fl. oz per bottle
  • Cruelty-free
  • Imported from Hawaii

The Details

Browning Lotion - All Natural Fast Dark Tan 8 fl.oz
Browning Lotion - All Natural Fast Dark Tan 8 fl.oz
Fast Dark Tan; Developed and made in Maui, Hawaii; Old Family Formula; Natural skin protection and moisturizing benefits
$15.99 Amazon Prime

Maui Babe’s Browning and Tanning Lotion is a tan accelerator, meaning that it makes it easier for skin to tan by amplifying the effects that the sun has on it while you’re out sunbathing (or you’re inside in a tanning bed). It works similar to other lotions like Paint it Black 50x and Ed Hardy’s Coconut Kisses.

Along with saving you time since you’ll no longer have to sit out in the sun for hours, tanning will also be healthier since you’ll be exposing yourself to fewer UV rays over the course of your tanning session. You can get all the benefits of tanning with Maui Babe!

Keep in mind that this lotion doesn’t provide you with any protection from UV rays. It’s recommended that you use a suntan lotion beneath it. 

Applying suntan lotion underneath your browning lotion will have no significant effect on the speed at which you tan, so that shouldn’t be a concern.

You also won’t have to worry about the exact kind of suntan lotion that you’re using, since this product is compatible with all kinds of different SPF creams and lotions.

Does Maui Babe Browning Lotion Work?

Along with allowing its users to tan faster, this lotion also makes it easier for those with extremely fair skin to get a tan.

If you’re the type to turn red when exposed to the sun and you’ve always wanted a natural-looking tan, then you’ll love this formula.

Even customers with nearly translucent skin have found that this Maui Babe formula was able to let them tan for the first time in their lives.

You also won’t have to worry about your tan being temporary when you use this lotion. Since it merely accelerates the process of natural tanning, your skin will retain its color for as long as it would a natural tan.

How to Use Maui Babe Browning Lotion

Before you try to apply this browning lotion, be sure to lather yourself in your preferred sunscreen to ensure that you don’t end up getting burnt or suffer from the effects of harmful UV rays.

After applying your sunscreen lotion, wait ten minutes to ensure that the sunscreen has time to take effect before it gets mixed in with your browning lotion.

Be sure to shake your browning lotion’s bottle to ensure that all of the ingredients are evenly distributed, as they have a tendency to separate.

15 minutes before you’re ready to start sunbathing, apply the browning lotion to your skin. This will give the lotion enough time to work its way into your skin so that you can actually benefit from its effects.

Use an ample amount. Don’t be afraid of using too much, as that won’t diminish the effect of the lotion.

You can apply the lotion with your hands, while it may temporarily make your hands brown, you can always wash away any excess lotion, and any stains can be removed with vigorous washing.

This isn’t a sunless tanner, so you don’t have to worry about awkward looks on your hands and feet.

Maui Babe recommends sticking to a maximum tanning time of one hour for your first session. While we understand that you may be in a rush to see the results of your tanning lotion, this will allow you to prevent burns and other damage if your skin reacts poorly to the sunlight.

Also, you should tan early in the day. See our article on outdoor tanning tips for more information and tanning strategies.

While you’ll typically only have to apply this lotion once per session, there are a few cases in which you may have to reapply.

For example, if you decide to go swimming or you sweat a lot, the lotion may end up coming off of your skin.

This is because the Maui Babe Browning Lotion is only designed to be water-resistant. Since it isn’t entirely waterproof, this means that it can run off of your skin and lose some of its effects.

How Long Does it Take to Take Effect?

While you can expect to see results within 15 minutes of sunbathing, the amount of time between getting started and fully tanning varies from person to person.

Those with naturally darker shades of skin who can more easily attain a deeper tan will likely have to stay out for multiple sessions to make the most of this lotion.

However, if you have fair skin, you may reach the peak of how much you can tan within a couple of sessions. As always, it’s a personal matter.

If you’d like to see the results of your tan in action, Maui Babe recommends performing a test.

This is known as the bandaid test, and it consists of putting a bandaid over your skin to see how much the surrounding skin tans over the course of your tanning session.

Of course, this will leave a bandaid-shaped light spot on your skin, so you may want to put it somewhere where no one else will notice it, like a spot that’s typically under your clothes.


Of course, the Maui Babe Browning Lotion isn’t perfect, and we noticed a few things that were off about it that might turn away some users.

For example, this lotion has a greasy feel because of the large amount of light mineral oil that you’ll find in it.

Along with contributing to the lotion’s greasy feel, this also makes it less usable on your face. The mineral oil can contribute to clogging your pores.

This may result in you breaking out after applying the browning lotion, so be sure to avoid places where you typically have acne.

Another thing to consider is that the smell of this browning lotion isn’t the typical coconut-like smell that you may have come to expect from tanning products.

While most people love the smell of Maui Babe, there are some that are turned off by it. Some people feel the smell resembles soy sauce, so you may end up smelling like a delicious Asian meal while you’re using it.

Also, avoid applying this browning lotion around lighter clothing and even light hair, as you may end up staining it. Thankfully, with a few vigorous washes, you should be able to get the lotion out of any stained clothing or hair, but it’s best to avoid the possibility in the first place.

How Long Does Maui Babe Browning Lotion Last On Skin?

Most tans will fade in 7-10 days unless you keep re-exposing yourself to the sun. Your dead skin slowly falls off (even if you don’t notice it) and as that happens, the new skin will be tan-free.

Maui Babe will last on the skin for around 4-5 days, but if you keep hitting the beach, you can extend it indefinitely!

Does Maui Babe Browning Lotion Expire?

Yes, though it lasts a good while. Maui Babe will be good for 3-5 years after you open the bottle. Not bad for a tanning lotion without SPF!

Final Thoughts

Maui Babe Browning Lotion has a lot of advantages. As tanning lotions go, it’s a natural product. It smells good (to most people). It provides beautiful, even color. It lasts a while.

Our verdict? Give Maui Babe a try!

Browning Lotion - All Natural Fast Dark Tan 8 fl.oz
  • Fast Dark Tan
  • Developed and made in Maui, Hawaii
  • Old Family Formula
  • Natural skin protection and moisturizing...
  • Aloe helps prevent burning naturally

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Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).