Chamois Cream: What's In It? A Look at Ingredients
Many professional cyclists use modern products to reduce chafing. A rough distinction can be made between "warm" and "cool" creams. The former work similarly to petroleum jelly and are based on paraffin wax. The latter creams are quickly absorbed and have a cooling effect. These include, for example, Chamois Crème from Swiss manufacturer Assos. Among other things, it contains witch hazel, a medicinal plant that has an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effect. Other manufacturers also rely on plant extracts, such as witch hazel, calendula, shea butter, sunflower oil or aloe vera. They not only reduce friction, but also achieve a slightly cooling and antibacterial effect. However, plant extracts can also trigger allergies or irritate your skin if you are sensitive. This makes "warm" creams probably a better fit. If you’re fine with animal-derived ingredients, products containing deer tallow might work for you. In addition to paraffins, they consist of rendered deer fat. They protect you like a second skin – whether you are cycling, running, gymnastics, rowing or playing the upright bass. They also prevent blistering and cracked skin. A real classic among chamois creams is Eules Gesäßcreme, co-developed by cycling physiotherapist Dieter "Eule" Ruthenberg, who was Jan Ullrich's masseur at Team T-Mobile. Like petroleum jelly, it is based on paraffin oil. In addition, herbal ingredients such as chamomile oil and birch leaf extract are used. This acts as care for the skin and at the same time protects it from inflammation.