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You’ve heard of Bodyglide, right?

It’s billed as “the original anti-blister, anti-chafing balm.” It probably is the original because the company was founded in 1996. So Bodyglide has been around for going on 20 years now! I was riding kids department store bikes back then!

My first encounter with Bodyglide was in April 2003 at the Boston Marathon Expo. It just looked like a deodorant stick so I didn’t think much of it. And even though my friend was singing its praises, I thought, “totally don’t need that.”

My mistake! I didn’t know much outside the world of cycling, so I assumed that chamois cream was all that was necessary. Little did I know that chafing was a full-body issue!

Fast forward to today, and I’ve experienced chafing on just about every part of my body. Or at least enough parts that I will never disregard any type of anti-chafing product ever again!

Bodyglide has expanding quite a bit since then – they now sell a full line of anti-chafing creams.

Even though the original was marketed as something you use head to toe, they now have multiple formulas dedicated to different body parts.

I think we all know that chafing sucks, but is there that big of a difference in chafing depending on if it’s your thighs, armpits, nipples, or toes?

I would think the original formula would be sufficient:

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ozokerite Wax, Glyceryl Dibehenate, Tribehenin, Glyceryl Behenate, Stearyl Alcohol, Allantoin, Tecopherol (Vitamin E)

But let’s see…

bodyglide foot blister balm

Bodyglide Foot [anti-blister]

Last I checked, my “foot” is part of my “body.” And if something prevents chafing on heels and between my toes, it probably prevents blisters.

But there is a slight difference here compared to the original Bodyglide! This one is infused with Vitamin A and C to help soften skin and restore dry, chapped feet. The ingredients list is basically the same, but this also includes apricot oil and comfrey oil.

Sounds good to me, because between trail running and (even worse) rock climbing, my feet are getting roughed up, even between my toes!

The first thing I did was I started using it between my toes when going to the rock climbing gym. When you’re smooshing your toes into such tiny shoes, they’re going to get chafed, and you’ll probably get blisters and calluses, too. Especially without socks!

It feels nice. Similar to baby powder, but it lasts far longer.

Obviously the stick doesn’t fit between your toes, but if you wipe it across the top and bottom of your toes, you can spread it around and rub it in with your fingers. It does glide very well across your heel and Achilles tendon.

The real test was taking things outside. But not just outside; also, into a creek bed!

I lathered up my left foot with some Bodyglide, then slipped on some old cotton socks, and hiked through a creek for a few minutes – long enough to get both feet, socks, and shoes completely saturated with water! I then hiked another two hours over hilly terrain.

The entire time, my left foot was perfectly content. My right foot, not so much. It didn’t suffer any actual chafing, but I was well aware that it was jealous of the left one and its slippery coating!

I was happy with it! If you’re not hiking through water crossings, it probably lasts all day!

bodyglide cycle saddle sore balm

Bodyglide Cycle [anti-saddle sore]

Again, this stick employs a nearly identical formula to the original. I could only spot two differences: d-panthenol (pro vitamin b) and fragrance.

The former is supposed to nourish and moisturize skin; the latter, it’s probably to make your butt smell better. I mean, this is the only one that has a fragrance in it!

My first thought was that I would apply this directly to the chamois, in order to avoid wiping it on my butt over and over again. Too bad that doesn’t work – the hard stick drags along the pad. It needs to be applied directly to your skin.

It does seem to work well, staying in place during moderate distance rides, even on hot, humid days. It has some staying power, to the point where you can feel it in the shower and have to scrub it off.

The fragrance was a nice touch. It’s kind of minty, like a pack of gum. (It could be peppermint, spearmint, or wintergreen, or a mix of all those perhaps. I couldn’t pinpoint it.) What really matters is, the stick still smells good after it has been rubbed against your butt!

The big comparison here though is putting this up against chamois cream. I’ve used a lot of creams, and most of them are at least pretty good.

The downside is that you get the cream all over your hand, and if you apply the stuff directly to your skin, your hand is all over your taint! So you have to wash your hands after application.

With this, your hands stay clean because you apply directly from the stick, just as you would apply deodorant to your arm pits. Your hands don’t have to touch anything besides the plastic container.

Of course, this presents a new issue – the stick keeps getting rubbed against your taint. And depending on when you’re applying this stuff, your taint might not be particularly clean. Like, what if you’re doing a double century and re-applying this cream half way through?

bodyglide skin cream tube

Bodyglide Skin

Now here is something new and different from Bodyglide! Rather than a solid stick, this one is a cream that comes in a tube.

It uses a water-based formula, as seen here:

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Talc, Tapioca Starch, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Polysorbate-60, Cetearyl Alcohol, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Benzyl Alcohol, Allantoin (Comfrey Root Derived), Glycerin, Disodium EDTA, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Xanthan Gum (Natural Thickener), Phenoxyethanol, Menthol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Eucalyptus (Globulus) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil.

It’s different. First off, this stuff smells like sunscreen. I’d greatly prefer a peppermint scent!

It still claims to be dry and never messy, but obviously it can’t be as dry as the stick ones.

bodyglide skin cream

So yeah, it’s sort of messy in your hands. The consistency is a little more watery, and a little more slick, than hand lotion. You definitely think you’re dealing with a messy, greasy cream. But while it leaves your hands wet initially, it does dry, and you’d never know it was there.

Another interesting difference is that this one contains menthol and peppermint oil, so there is a bit of a tingle! 😉

There’s no tingle in my armpits or between my thighs. Not even on my nipples!

But in the more sensitive areas, specifically the family jewels, there is a light tingle at first. It’s very minor and nothing uncomfortable.

I actually prefer the stronger sensation from Enzo’s Buttonhole chamois cream! It’s more potent – probably a good three times stronger – but still not uncomfortable.

Regardless, this one is too expensive for chamois cream! Maybe this is meant for a thin layer, but that’s not my style! I like to use quite a bit of chamois cream! This tube would be empty in no time!

It’s new but you can already get it at Amazon.com and REI.

So, what’s the deal?

As you can see, the solid Foot and Cycle sticks are basically equivalent to the original Bodyglide. Same ingredients, same applicator, same price tag. None of them contain greasy petroleum, lanolin, or mineral oils, so you’re safe.

It probably won’t matter which one you choose. Just buy the stick of whatever color you like most, I guess!

If you end up really liking the solid stick style, you could get a foot stick for your feet, a cycle stick for your… nether regions, and a body stick for your neck, arms, and thighs.

That’s sort of what I’m doing. I keep my little foot stick in my Osprey pack so it’s always there.

If you don’t like the solid form, you could choose the cream, because it is less messy than other cream options. It’s versatile, reaching into any tiny area, but I’d only use it for light workouts since it doesn’t seem to last as long. Apparently that’s the trade off.

My final verdict is…

Bodyglide claims to be “#1 because it’s uniquely dry, dependable, reliable, and comfortable, and not the least bit wet or messy.” And that’s totally true when it comes to the solid sticks. (The Skin cream, it’s a little wet and messy.)

I’ll probably stick with traditional chamois cream when it comes to cycling. However, Bodyglide is my go-to lube for running, triathlon (beneath a wetsuit,) and hiking/backpacking.

Official website: www.Bodyglide.com

Buy online: www.Amazon.com | www.REI.com

Product Review Details
Company: Bodyglide
Product: Bodyglide Anti-chafing Lubricant
Reviewed by: Coach Levi
My Rating: 4.0 out of 5
Date last updated: 2015-10-24
Obtained Product: Free sample from company.
CoachLevi.com Advertiser: No.

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