Chamois Cream for Cyclists: Thoughts from the Saddle

Chamois cream, some use it, some don’t. I fall in to the “okay I don’t like the stuff on cold mornings; ouch it is cold” crowd, but I do use it.  I have now tried five brands of cream in an attempt to determine which works best for me.  The five brands are ProBikeKit’s (PBK) own brand of creme, Assos Chamois Creme, Udderly Smooth Chamois Cream, Aussie Butt Cream and now Chamois Butt’r (added August 12,2010).

Chamois Cream – Rankings from the Saddle

Ranking Cream Brand Unit Cost Comments
1 Chamois Butt’r $0.11 per gram
  • Thicker texture similar to Assos Chamois Creme
  • A small amount goes a long way
  • Found it really helps with my not so comfortable Brooks B17 Narrow saddle fitted to the Look 555
  • Now my cream of choice.
2 Assos Chamois Creme $0.13 per millilitre
  • Thicker cream compared to the others requiring less to be applied;
  • Cooling feel when applied;
  • Found it to be quite effective as a cream.
3 Aussie Butt Cream $0.12 per gram
  • Thinner texture so more needs to be applied;
  • Like the healing properties of the Tea Tree Oil in the cream;
  • Initial usage very positive.
4 Udderly Smooth Chamois Cream $0.05 per gram
  • Thin and has a greasy feel to it;
  • Need to apply more to get good coverage;
  • I haven’t found it as effective as the Assos or Aussie Butt creams.
5 PBK Chamois Creme $0.07 per millilitre
  • Thin texture and has a greasy feel to it when applied;
  • Need to apply more to get a good coverage;
  • I haven’t found it as effective as the Assos or Aussie Butt creams;
  • Udderly Smooth Chamois Creme is on par with the PBK creme and costs less.

My Thoughts on Aussie Butt Cream

Aussie Butt Chamois Cream

Aussie Butt Chamois Cream

In reading my comments on Aussie Butt Cream it should be noted that I did not purchase my review samples, rather they where provided by Aussie Butt Cream. Aussie Butt Cream comes in a 250 gram container and retails for $27.95 postage free from the manufacturer. This equates to $0.12 per gram, which places it up there with Assos Chamois Creme.

I find the texture of the Aussie Butt cream to be quite thin, similar to the PBK and Udderly chamois creams. This contrasts with the much thicker Assos creme. This may result in more being applied and hence making it a more expensive option.

The list of ingredients for the Aussie Butt Cream can be found on the Aussie Butt Cream website, but the key ingredient is the use of Tea Tree Oil. I guess it couldn’t be an Aussie cream without! The chamois cream has that distinctive tea tree oil smell to it.

Initial impressions and usage left me with a good impression of the cream and I intend to keep using it to get a better ideal of its effectiveness. It does appear to have a cooling feeling when first applied, a bit like the Assos creme. This is a nice feeling and one that I find more pleasant than either the PBK or Udderly creams.

I have only used the cream once so far on a 70 km (43.5 mile) ride on my Look 555 on which I am breaking in a Brooks B17N saddle. This saddle has been leaving me with an irritation and none of the other creams have been that affective in relieving this. However, on this morning’s ride the Aussie Butt Cream seem to be very effective with a significantly reduced level of irritation virtually no rash after the ride. This may in part be due to the continuing breaking in of the saddle, but I believe the cream had a significant role to play and I suspect the healing properties of tea tree oil also helped.

So I would at this point in time put the Aussie Butt Cream up there with the Assos Creme as my preferred cream.

My Thoughts on Chamois Butt’r Chamois Cream

Chamois Butt’r Chamois Cream

Chamois Butt’r Chamois Cream – Photo courtesy of RoadCyclingUK

My thanks for Carol Balding of Ride Easy Sports Products for the opportunity to try out Chamois Butt’r and Chamois Butt’r Eurostyle creams. I received from Carol a sample pack of both products.  I haven’t as yet tested the Chamois Butt’r Eurostyle cream so the comments here only apply to the Chamois Butt’r.  Chamois Butt’r is available in a 227 ml tube with an Australian retail price of $24.95. This equates to $0.11 per ml.

I really like the Chamois Butt’r and it has now become my favourite cream. I find it has a thicker texture, something along the lines of the Assos Chamois Creme. I found myself applying less than I expected and I suggest this is in part due to its thickness. Carol Balding sent me a handful of the pocket packs which are 9 ml satchels of cream. I have found that I can apply about half a satchel for good coverage and protection.

I put this cream to the test on a recent 236 km Audax ride albeit I was riding the Surly Long Haul Trucker which has a Brooks B17 saddle. Still it was a solid ride and I found the cream was really effective. I had no chaffing or other skin issues at the end of the ride and I came through in pretty good knick from the saddle interface perspective.  I have also find the cream is quite effective on shorter rides on my Look 555 where the Brooks B17 Narrow is not so forgiving.

My Thoughts on PBK Chamois Creme

PBK Chamois Creme

PBK Chamois Creme

The PBK Chamois Creme comes in a 200 ml container and cost AU$14.69 which equates to a unit price of $0.07 per millilitre.

I find the texture of the cream to be quite thin and hence easy to apply to the skin and/or chamois.  I tried applying it to the chamois on one ride and found it was easily “soaked up.” This made me question the value of this approach and I haven’t bothered to do this again.

Applying the cream directly to the skin seems to be quite effective and I find I need a little to get good coverage.

Overall I am happy with the cream and its effectiveness. It does improve my ride comfort and reduces the likelihood of rashes (as against no cream used). However, given the competition the PBK Chamois Creme is not a chamois creme that I would buy again. I simply think there are better products on the market.

My Thoughts on Assos Chamois Creme

Assos Chamois Creme

Assos Chamois Creme

The Assos Chamois Creme comes in a 140 ml container and cost AU$18.15 which equates to a unit price of $0.13 per millilitre. The most expensive of the five brands tried.

The texture of the Assos Chamois Creme is quite different to the other brands. It is thicker and in the container it is much more solid. I wonder if this means that I apply less chamois cream than the other brands. It also leaves a cool soothing feeling when applied. Quite nice indeed.

Assos recommend applying the cream directly onto the skin in “the friction area before each ride.” They also suggestion the option of applying it to directly to the chamois as this increases antibacterial protection.

Early testing of this cream had it as my favourite until I tried the Chamois Butt’r chamois cream. I need to apply less, it seems more effective than either of the other chamois creams I have tried and seems to outlast them and I like the cooling feel it has when first applied. Further usage will confirm or otherwise my first impressions but I suspect this will be my one of preferred cream in future. Now in 2012 I still use Chamois Butt’r chamois cream but would just as happy using Assos Chamois Creme.

My Thoughts on Udderly Smooth Chamois Cream with Shea Butter

Udderly Smooth Chamois Cream

Udderly Smooth Chamois Cream

The Udderly Smooth Chamois Cream comes in a 227 gram (8 oz) container and cost AU$11.68 which equates to a unit price of $0.05 per gram. The cheapest of the brands chamois cream under review.

This chamois cream was originally developed for use on diary cows (diary farmers will understand) and is now used as chamois cream.  The manufacturer also promotes the inclusion of sheaf butter (Butyrospermum Parkii). A quick online search suggests this is included to improve the skin feel of the chamois cream. I have not noted anything special about the feel of the Udderly Smooth Chamois cream and wonder if the use of shea butter is just marketing.

The texture of the Udderly Smooth cream is similar to the PBK Chamois Creme, i.e., pretty thin and I find that I have to apply more to get what I consider to be effective coverage.

Udderly recommend applying the chamois cream directly to the skin or chamois pad before use. Initial usage suggests it is as effective as the PBK Chamois Creme and probably not far off the Assos Chamois Creme, but I do need to apply more and it has a more creamy feel to it. I don’t feel as positive it about it as I do the Chamois Butt’r chamois cream or the Assos Chamois Creme.

10 Responses to Chamois Cream for Cyclists: Thoughts from the Saddle

  1. Lee Davis April 21, 2009 at 6:35 AM #

    Nice review Andrew. I use the Assos myself but good to see how it compares. I guess my only question is where did you get it so cheap?

  2. Aushiker April 21, 2009 at 9:26 AM #

    G’day Lee.

    I got it from Wiggle, but I believe they no longer stock it now.


  3. Petrina Quinn May 21, 2009 at 9:33 AM #

    Hi Andrew,

    Aussie Butt Cream may have been under your radar as we have just released this fantastic cream on Australia Day 2009 at the Audax Alpine Classic.

    We have rave reviews from our sponsored professional race teams, and outlets, including AIS Mens and Womens Road Teams, currently based in Verace, Italy.

    Drop us a message for a jar for review – include your postal address.

    Petrina Quinn
    Aussie Butt Cream

  4. Aushiker May 21, 2009 at 8:37 PM #

    Hello Petrina

    Thank you for your kind offer. I became aware of Aussie Butt Cream after posting the review and had planned to track down jar to add to this review when it is next updated. I will now instead send you an email. Once again thank you.


  5. craig durkee June 7, 2009 at 11:04 AM #

    Great roundup, I cant say I have ever used any of these products, im lucky that I do not suffer from any ill effects down there. One thing I didn’t realise was that these products were so expensive.

  6. Greg June 17, 2010 at 4:23 PM #

    Hi Andrew,

    Nice of you to provide this kind of info, thanks. I am participating in a 75km ride on the Kep Track this weekend and will track down some Aussie Butt Cream (for the name, if nothing else) or Assos. 75km is not the longest ride ever, but we will apparantly go at an easy pace so will be in the saddle for about 5 hours.


  7. Aushiker June 17, 2010 at 12:37 PM #

    Hi Greg.

    Glad to be of help. Good luck finding the Aussie Butt Cream locally. Only heard of being available online. Do let us know if you do find it at a LBS.

    With regards to the Kep Track. It is a great ride. Which direction are you going? Oh, do check in a that Bakers Hill bakery … something to not miss 🙂 I did it both ways in October 2008. A nice ride.

  8. Elizabeth Taylor June 20, 2010 at 8:16 AM #

    Shea Butter can really promote great health.;’,

  9. Greg June 21, 2010 at 5:35 AM #

    Hi Andrew,

    Couldn’t find Assos or ABC at short notice, used paw paw cream on advice from LBS guy (and have it at home for kids) but I am not sure it helped much. A bit of chafing after about 6 hours in the saddle but not too bad.

    I read your Kep Track bit, interesting reading. We bussed to Northam and biked from there to Mundairing Weir. An excellent ride (although I am glad we did not do a return trip in one day as you did) and yes we stopped at Bakers Hill Pie Shop for some, err, energy.


  10. SteveMathews August 14, 2010 at 2:44 AM #


    Just noticed your mention on our Chamois Butt’r product, thank you for taking the time to try it out and for your comments.
    Chamois Butt’r has been available in the US since the early 90’s, but my sister Carol Balding is now importing it into Australia through her Australian company Ride Easy Sports Products in Kiama, NSW.
    I am a physio and former bike racer, and I developed the product out of necessity. The original Chamois Butt’r you reviewed, and the newer EUROSTYLE Chamois Butt’r (with menthol and witch hazel for cooling and other benefits) are very popular here in the US as well as the UK, S Africa, South America and Canada. Chamois Butt’r is used by and is an official supplier of the Fly V pro Australian race team, as well as most of the top US domestic pro teams like United Healthcare, Kenda Pro, the Subaru Gary Fisher road cycling team and Topeak-Ergon mtn team, etc.
    Hope you have a chance to try the Eurostyle as we get a lot of favorable comments about it as well.
    Your readers can find out more about our products on our webpage and our Chamois Butt’r FB page.
    Again, thanks for your comments.
    Cheers! – Steve Mathews – President, Paceline Products, Inc.

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