Muc-Off, primarily purveyors of bike cleaning products, have produced a real gem of a chamois cream.
Some riders swear by chamois creams, others happily go without, and I’ve always found that they can be hit-and-miss – all have very much the same aims, promising great protection from chafing, rubbing and saddle sores, but some have always been more effective than others.
I shan’t dwell on this too long however, because Muc-Off’s Luxury Chamois Cream is brilliant. From the Dorset-based company’s Athlete Performance range, which is geared towards looking after the rider rather than the bike, as has typically been Muc-Off’s focus, the cream includes aloe vera, witch hazel and shea butter among its ingredients.
The nature of the cream’s ingredients means that, when it comes into contact with the skin, it has a gentle cooling effect, a bit like the way tea tree oil feels on your skin when used in a face wash. Of course, on delicate areas this can feel slightly strange at first, but is in no way harsh or uncomfortable – in fact, it’s very pleasant when you actually get into the saddle, and a boon when conditions get warmer.