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Tucked into the corners of Interbike were a number of brands offering new skincare lines. Here are the best of what we saw, focusing on products that kept the ingredients lists mostly (or all) natural, often organic, and seemingly useful.

The most interesting of the bunch was TufMed, a brand launched in 2011 by a member of the US Martial Arts Team to help heal the cuts, scrapes and bruises common in that arena. Fortunately (or not, depending on how you look at it), we cyclists also get banged up from time to time, and their all-natural, odorless and greaseless formulas claim to work just as well for us as for the fighters.

The products cover the gamut, from bruise and black eye relief, to lotions for healing cuts and scrapes quickly. They work by giving the body the nutrients it needs to heal itself, like aloe, arnica, amino acids, etc. I’ve been testing out the TufHands to get the blisters and cracked skin from my ninja warrior training (it’s true), and it works fantastically well. Hands healed up much faster than before I used it, and I’m looking forward to trying the rest of the line for more cycling specific uses. The soap is pretty stellar, too. Perhaps the best part of their business is that they wanted everything to be affordable. Even with top notch ingredients, all of the products are under $10.

Lather up more body lovin’ goodness below…

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The Organic Bomb is a new cycling-oriented skincare lineup from Evening Shade Farms, which has been making organic body care products since 1975. The Bomb collection includes chamois/anti-chafing ointment that’s based on organic cold-pressed nut and plant seed oils, beeswax, essential oils and more. It’s available in small tins and as a stick. Other products include an energizing lotion and all-natural insect repellant and bite relief formulas they tested through the length of the Tour Divide.

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The face care serums are pretty good, too…they sent me home with a sample and it works great as an after shave.

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Blue Steel Sports helps you channel your inner Zoolander with their anti-chafe cream, which should keep you riding smooth even if you can’t turn left. Prepping your mug for the post-race selfies and podium glamor shots is their exfoliating soap, which could actually be dialed back a bit. The fragrance is light and pleasing, but the scrubby chunks inside can scratch.

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Yep. But Nope. I haven’t tried these yet. They’re small, best left for detail work unless you’ve got all day to do your legs.

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Zevlin’s been making their Crack chamois cream (with or without tingle), leg shaving cream and BYOT (Bring Your Own Towel) waterless body wash for a while, but they all get a packaging refresh.

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Zjay’s is a new brand making saddle sore soothing ointment that’s meant to go on after your post-ride shower. It’s not a chamois cream, but rather something to help alleviate the pain when your preferred chamois cream lets you down.

9 comments

  1. Gunnstein on

    Hah! So people slather this gunk up their crotches, and then they say recumbents are ridiculous. It’s a funny world 🙂

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  2. Veganpotter on

    Gunnstein
    Recumbent are ridiculous for countless reasons. Saddle sores are a small sacrifice to not have to ride a recumbent

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  3. goridebikes on

    Gunnstein, I understand your confusion, given your recumbent riding experience has never included a measurable cadence or actual contact between your sitbones and a saddle.

    Rest assured, in traditional cycling, one often encounters chafing and soreness. This of course is the result of a high cadence, reasonable seating position (e.g. one that involves leaning over versus one that is best accompanied by a beer). In exchange, one is able to actually steer, ride at a reasonable speed, and experience the phenomenon known as “exercise.”

    A point upon which we likely agree, however, is that the comfort of one’s testes is paramount!

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  4. Cowtown Cyclist on

    Neat. But I have no idea why the world needs a cycling specific facial soap. I will admit to having used chamois cream and can attest to its addictiveness. An LBS was giving out samples, as they say the first hit is always free.

    As for recumbents, there is a guy I see on the path sometimes on one who really rips. Then there is a hill. I can appreciate how they might be nice sometimes, but I like being be able to make it up hills at better than a slow walking pace.

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  5. Gunnstein on

    @goridebikes – Sorry to burn that neat strawman of yours, but half my riding is on conventional bikes. Low speed handling is better on conventionals, so offroad riding and city commuting is better. But for road rides longer than 50 km I take the recumbent. I can ride 200 km in a day and suffer no pain other than aching muscles. No chafing, numb hands, stiff neck etc which plagues me and many others on conventionals.

    When doing A causes pain and injury, one response is to use medication or special equipment to try to reduce this damage. Another response is to stop doing A and do B instead. Both can be rational choices, per se. But rejecting B because of prejudice, isn’t.

    “…one often encounters chafing and soreness. This of course is the result of a (…) reasonable seating position” – That’s a strange definition of “reasonable” 🙂

    “high cadence” – My cadence is higher on the recumbent. I average 79-81, and max out at nearly 150.

    “reasonable speed” – You mean, recumbents are unreasonably fast? The recumbent hour record, for example, is about 92 km, nearly twice that of conventionals. UCI wouldn’t have needed to ban them if they weren’t faster.

    I don’t want to criticize anyone’s choice of bike. People should ride whatever they like, but I hope their choices are based on facts, not prejudice.

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  6. Trishopper on

    Any chamois cream that is NOT Chamois Butter is fine by me! I meet the owner at Sea Otter a few years ago and he wouldn’t even give a shop owner the time of day and when he did he was very rude. I will be HAPPY to carry these products in my shop!

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  7. Jack on the track on

    A pretty large part of why recumbents are not more popular is that while they may be faster on long straight flat roads, they don’t do too well at 30mph in a pack while you’re bumping bars over someone’s wheel.

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