If you suffer from saddle sores or chafing while cycling, chamois cream can make a huge difference. Designed to reduce friction between your chamois, saddle, and intimate regions, chamois cream helps keep things comfortable down there. Most chamois creams are also anti-bacterial, so it can help prevent keep things clean and prevent infection.
Here are 7 different creams that we swear by (or that our friends swear by). If you’re not already familiar with using chamois cream, we’ve also provided some tips on getting started and included info on why we recommend using a women’s-specific chamois cream.
Chamois Butt’r for Her
Chamois Butt’r is probably the best-known chamois cream on the market, and “Chamois Butt’r for Her” is a version of the popular product designed for women cyclists. The formula includes all kinds of natural stuff including aloe vera, green tea leaf extract, tea tree oil, shea butter, and lavender oil. This is one of the easier creams to find at your local bike shop, if you want to shop locally, this is one to keep your eyes peeled for.
Price: $14.55 (8 oz) (Last updated: 2020-08-06 at 17:58 – More Info)
Hoo Ha Ride Glide
We like the Hoo Ha Ride Glide for its lack of synthetic ingredients (and for its name). The chamois cream is anti-bacterial thanks to several essential oils including lavender, tea tree, peppermint and eucalyptus essentials oils. It’s also great if you already have sores and/or chafing thanks to epilobium angustifolium flower/leaf/stem extract and vitamins E, B5 and C. It includes no parabens or synthetic fragrance.
The one thing to be aware of though, is that this cream has a bit of a cooling or tingling sensation. Some women like this, other women don’t. We recommend trying it on a small patch of skin before lathering it everywhere.
Price: $20.49 (8 oz) (Last updated: 2020-08-06 at 17:58 – More Info)
Assos Women’s Chamois Cream
Similar to traditional Assos chamois cream, but with a lower pH, the Assos women’s cream is a non-oily, non-perfumy option. We did find that on long rides (like century-length rides), we needed to apply the Assos cream more than once. It works great on shorter training rides, though.
Price: $16 (1.5 oz)
Mad Alchemy La Femme
Mad Alchemy La Femme is a veggie-based, paraben-free cream. It does have a slight scent so skip this one if you don’t like fragrance. We’ve found that it washes well and doesn’t leave any residue on your chamois. It’s a thinner cream but lasts a long time, so it’s a good choice for women who don’t like “thickness.”
Price: $19 (4 oz)
DZNutz Bliss Chamois Cream for Women
The DZNutz Bliss Chamois Cream is the only one we’ve tested that includes pre- and pro-biotics. This helps prevent infection and also help maintain healthy skin flora so you don’t end up with a nasty yeast rash.
This cream does have a bit of a tingly-sensation that some women may not like, though it is not as noticeable as other creams. Amongst the women we’ve talked to this is one of the favorite chamois creams for post-ride use as it does a good job of helping heal existing saddle sores.
Price: $19.50 (4 oz) (Last updated: 2020-08-06 at 17:58 – More Info)
Petal Power Joy Ride Women’s Chamois Cream
This plant-based vegan formula doesn’t contain any peppermint or tea tree oil. These ingredients, used in several other creams on this list, can be irritating to some people. It’s also free of parabens and petroleum products. It is worth noting that it has a pretty strong, sweet smell–some ladies like this, some don’t.
Price: Price not available (4 oz) (Last updated: 2020-08-06 at 17:58 – More Info)
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The formula is a bit thinner than others creams on this list, so we like it best for shorter rides. The only thing we’re not crazy about with this chamois cream is the use of parabens.
Price: Price not available (8 oz) (Last updated: 2020-08-06 at 17:58 – More Info)
Why You Should Use a Women’s Specific Chamois Cream
There are a lot of things in the cycling industry that are branded as “womens-specific” but are more of a marketing ploy than anything. Chamois cream isn’t one of those.
Of course, there are women that use traditional chamois cream with no problems, but for many the ingredients in traditional chamois cream are problematic. The most noticeable of these are the use of menthol in many chamois creams. Men tend to like the “tingly” and cooling sensation, but women often find this unpleasant when/if it comes in contact with the vagina.
The second reason to use a women-specific chamois cream is the pH. Most women’s chamois creams have been formulated to have a lower pH that helps prevent vaginal irritation and infection.
How To Apply Chamois Cream
Chamois cream was originally developed when cyclists used traditional leather chamois and the cream helped condition the material. Therefore, cyclists applied the cream directly to their chamois.
Today, you can certainly still apply the chamois cream to your chamois, but it is more common to rub it onto your bum directly. Apply chamois cream to your sit bones and any other areas that make contact with the saddle or experience chafing. Many women end up with chafing on the inner part of there thighs. You can add chamois cream there as well.
Afterward, your bike shorts will have chamois cream residue on it, so it becomes extra important to wash your shorts in between rides.
What To Do When Chamois Cream Isn’t Working
Many women expect chamois cream to be a miracle formula–put it on and suddenly no more soreness! Unfortunately, chamois cream tends to be only one peice of a larger solution. If chamois cream alone isn’t solving your soreness and chafing, consider trying a new saddle or bike shorts.