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Tested: Enzo’s Buttonhole Chamois Cream

enzo's buttonhole chamois cream

After years of using average chamois creams and alternatives like balms and lotions, I was due for something special. Preferable a fancy, Euro-style cream. I got my wish with Enzo’s Buttonhole Chamois Cream.

Enzo’s Buttonhole is one of the newer chamois creams, and they have set the product apart by making it both high-quality and low-price. It’s only $10.95 for the 4oz and $19.95 for the 8oz container. Compare that to products from Assos and DZnuts which are closer to $20 for the smaller 4oz size!

Obviously the price isn’t on par with a tub of Queen Helene, but this is real chamois cream, not hand lotion!

As I’ll discuss below, real chamois cream is miles apart from any alternative like Vaseline, Bag Balm, Udderly Smooth, etc.

What Goes Into Enzo’s Buttonhole

At first, the Enzo’s ingredient list seems extremely long. But then you notice, instead of just writing “sunflower seed oil,” they get technical and use “Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil” instead. Once you get past that, everything appears safe and natural. (But feel free to do your own research on each item in the Skin Deep Cosmetics Database.)

I’m happy to see the sunflower seed oil and cocoa seed butter in there, which will keep your skin moist and conditioned. Then there’s menthol and peppermint oil, two ingredients that provide the minty scent and cooling effects. Another great one is Melaeuca Oil, a topical oil with antibacterial and antifungal properties – great for those long days in the saddle.

Ingredients you won’t see include parabens, mineral oil, DMDM hydantoin, Oleth-10, and Triethanolamine, which have been linked to undesirable side effects (like cancer!)

The product is 100% vegan, too.

Enzo’s Buttonhole Review

Much like the energy bar review process, I like to get a good whiff of chamois cream before eating applying it.

One downfall of all the cheap chamois cream alternatives is that they lack a pleasant scent, so this step was always disappointing – until now. The smell of Enzo’s is very soothing but also exciting thanks to the menthol and peppermint. I love it! They should make a body lotion with the same smell so I can use it all the time.

As an added bonus, a good whiff pre-ride might help open your nasal passages!

The next step was to dip my fingers in. While the product looked very soft and creamy, almost fluffy, it turned out to be really thick. Noticeably thicker than Queen Helene and A LOT thicker than Udderly Smooth. That’s good news because every thin cream I’ve used doesn’t do diddly squat.

The thickness is great for two reasons:

  • On your fingers, it doesn’t run and make your hand slimy.
  • Once applied to your button, it stays put.

And though it’s thick, it’s thick in a creamy way. It’s not greasy like Bag Balm. It’s hardly even wet. I can apply it to my button and it’s like it was never on my fingers to begin with.

I didn’t think it could get any better… then the cooling sensation kicked in! Before I got out the door, I noticed a very strong (but not uncomfortable) tingle on my taint. It disappearing once I started riding, but it was a nice wake up call to get me moving.

I first used the Buttonhole cream on a two hour ride with no issues whatsoever. Then I did some more 1-3 hour rides, and finally, a 70 miler (~4 hours long.) After each ride, I was chafe-free with no irritation! That’s especially impressive because during the testing, my butt didn’t have the toughness it used to back when I was racing seriously.

Over the course of my testing, I used the cream in temperatures ranging from 60-90 degrees, on both casual and high-intensity rides, and it worked well in all conditions.

I only used a small amount each time. Even for the long rides where I scooped out a bit extra, I only used enough for a thin layer on my nether regions. But that was all it took!

I could still smell it post-ride when I removed my chamois. If any was left on my skin, it washed away in the shower without any extra effort. That’s the best part – it goes on where you want it and it stays there until you want it off, and then it disappears.

I still can’t believe how cleanly it washes away post-ride! It’s gone in an instant.

My final verdict is…

Enzo’s Buttonhole Chamois Cream is by far the best product I’ve ever applied to my taint! I have not used other Euro-style stuff like Assos, but I bet Enzo’s is just as good (and at half the price, that makes it twice as good.)

Sure, Queen Helene still does the job, but the more I use Enzo’s, the less likely it is that I’ll be able to go back to anything else. Over the course of my testing, Enzo’s went from “a nice change of pace” to “wow this is life changing!”

Official website: www.EnzosCyclingProducts.com

Buy online: www.Amazon.com

Product Review Details
Company: Enzo’s
Product: Enzo’s Buttonhole Chamois Cream
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 4.7 out of 5
Date last updated: 2015-09-25
Obtained Product: Free sample from company.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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