Chamois cream - cheap hack?!


Do you use chamois cream when you cycle?
I'm not going to go into deep details or review chamois cream that you can find in the shop because there's been so many cycling news sites that have done so. But if you are like me - often unwilling to part with my British pounds and still spend hours in the saddle, then you have come to the right article.

A quick search on the web reveals that a tube / tub of chamois cream can cost between £5 to £25. For my fellow British cyclists, I have been using an alternative that's worked very well for me for the past few years. Before we look at that alternative, let us quickly go through some details....
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As I mentioned, there are loads of options at different price points - they all come in different volumes, have different consistency and different selling points. What's really important here is the ingredients that they commonly use... A quick comparison of a few decent reviewed ones shows -

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Common ingredients 
Water / Aqua / Eau - Of course
Glycerine - Used to improve smoothness and has moisturizing properties
Cetearyl Alcohol – A fatty alcohol that has moisturizing properties and adds thickness to the formula
Glyceryl stearate – Acts as a lubricant on the skin’s surface, also slows the loss of water from the skin by forming a barrier on the skin’s surface

So that's the base of making chamois cream, everything else added is to enhance to formula because apart from those 4 ingredients, every brand has a total different set of ingredients added! And so I did a quick test many years ago to see if other types of "cream" that has those 4 main ingredients would work with my undercarriage and my first product used was an immediate hit.

Behold - my substitute to chamois cream. Coming in at £0.79 (YES, SEVENTY-NINE BRITISH PENCE) for 75ml of goodness, Lidl's very own Cien moisturising hand cream.


Ingredients show the same 4 base ingredients as other chamois cream with additional ingredients for various enhancement

I'd like to think that this works for everyone. But as a realist, I know it won't. All I can say is that it works for me, but at that price point (which of course, gets 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺), it doesn't hurt for my fellow cyclists in the UK to head out to your nearest Lidl or Aldi (yes Aldi has similar product) to buy one and test it for yourself. As for cyclists from other parts of the world, if you can find cheap moisturising hand cream in your budget supermarket, give it a go.

At the end of the day - companies that produce and sell chamois cream do their fair share of research and testing so they too deserve some credit. Here are some that I've used in the past that I really like.

Assos Chamois Cream - currently available for £13.99 on Wiggle (🍺🍺🍺, pricey)
Paceline Chamois Butt'r - currently available for £12.99 on Wiggle (🍺🍺🍺🍺, big tube, good consistency)
Aptonia Anti-chaffing Cream - currently available for £4.99 on Decathlon (🍺🍺🍺🍺, well priced)

Cien Moisturising Hand Cream gets a full fat 5 beers 🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺 from Ski.Bike.Drink. Hope you've enjoyed this hack from me.

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