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||
|2||Assos Chamois Creme||$0.13 per millilitre||
|3||Aussie Butt Cream||$0.12 per gram||
|4||Udderly Smooth Chamois Cream||$0.05 per gram||
|5||PBK Chamois Creme||$0.07 per millilitre||
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 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
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.
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 Buttâ€™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.
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.Â 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.