The ultimate Chamois cream: Queen Helene Cocoa Butter
This morning I’d like to follow up on an article I wrote last year called, “Chamois Cream Round-up“.
Unfortunately the Bag Balm didn’t work out for me. I used the product for several months, and really didn’t care for it at all. Bag Balm is heavy, greasy and it has a very strong smell that doesn’t go away. Bag Balm is also very difficult to wash off (this is actually a plus on long, sweaty rides), but it also gummed up the chamois in my bib shorts. After a few uses, the chamois in my bib shorts were noticeably heavier, and didn’t breathe at all. Aside from all of that, while using Bag Balm I developed painful saddle sores that only started to go away after switching back to Chamois Butt’r (Eurostyle).
A few months ago my friend William Cruz and I were riding along and chatting, and he mentioned that he was using a product called Queen Helene Cocoa Butter for a chamois cream. William had very good things to say about it, so I decided to give it a try.
Over the past few months I’ve ridden well in excess of 5,000 kilometers (3,100 miles) using Queen Helene Cocoa Butter as my only chamois cream, and I absolutely love it! Here are my thoughts:
- My saddle sores are 100% gone, and have not returned.
- Non-greasy and doesn’t gum up my bib shorts.
- Thick enough to last on long, hot rides. A little over a week ago I did a 170 kilometer (105 mile) ride in the sweltering Florida heat, and I didn’t need to reapply.
- No objectionable smell. It sort of smells like suntan lotion.
- Super inexpensive.
When you ride as much as I do, chamois cream–especially products like DZ Nuts–becomes a major expense. Queen Helene can be had on Amazon for under $2.00 (with Subscribe and Save) for the 4.8 ounce size (it’s actually cheaper at the time of this writing to get several 4.8 ounce jars instead of a 15 ounce jar).
So I order four (4) 4.8 ounce jars of Queen Helene Cocoa Butter per month using Subscribe and Save ($1.92 each), and that’s more than enough product to last me an entire month of daily riding–all for a total of $7.68. That comes to 40 cents per ounce; compare that to DZ Nuts, which is a ridiculous $4.56 per ounce (at Amazon’s discounted price). Put another way, DZ Nuts is more than 11 times as expensive as Queen Helene Cocoa Butter. I’ve used both products extensively, and in my opinion DZ Nuts offers no benefits over Queen Helene Cocoa Butter.
If you are tired of spending a lot of money on insanely priced chamois creams, I highly recommend that you give Queen Helene Cocoa Butter a try. I think you’ll love it.