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Chamois Butt'r

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The ingredients list for Chamois Butt'r is a lot like hand lotions and includes mineral oil, glycerin, lanolin, witch hazel and menthol. There is nothing such as petrolatum, silicone, or talc that will actually repel water or lubricate. Mail order houses will not ship it outside of the U.S. because some countries actually require that a product do what it says it will do, and the FDA does not seem to have passed judgment on Chamois Butt'r. Perhaps substituting an apostrophe for the letter "e" is not sufficient for FDA approval.

From a review:

"Chamois Butt’r ($1.88/oz)
This is probably the most popular chamois creme in the US, and it’s by far the cheapest (less than half the cost of the others I’ve tried). For these reasons, I’ll consider Chamois Butt’r to be my baseline for comparison. It works fine, although it’s not made from natural ingredients — it contains alcohol and parabens (which can mimic estrogen and cause hormone imbalances or worse). A good rule of thumb is that you shouldn’t put anything on your skin that you couldn’t safely eat, and this one doesn’t pass that test. Even if you don’t buy into the safety argument, there are good alternatives that are all-natural, so why use this product?"

And from a bicyclist review:
"Regarding labeling, it's worth while to note, the FDA requires manufactures to list the ingredients in "most to least" order, i.e., if your product is 80% petrolatum, 11% Lanolin and 9% Water with trace amounts of Vitamin E, etc.. that's how they appear on the label. If the ingredients are broken up by active and inactive, same thing applies for each respective list. In some cases, like Bag Balm, manufactures don't label the active vs inactive, per se, but it's relatively easy to deduce that the active ingredient is listed first, followed by... in a base of the other stuff listed in decending order according to how much of each is in the product.

Just for comparison's sake:

Udder Butter (7oz @ $4.00, 33oz @ $9.00)
Ingredients: Oxyquinoline 0.22% in a base of Petrolatum*, Animal Oil, Lanolin, Castor Oil, and Fragrance.

Bag Balm (10oz Can @ $6)
Active Ingredients: Hydroxyquinoline sulfate 0.3% in a petrolatum* lanolin base.

Udder Salve by Udder Balm (5oz can @ $5.49)
Ingredients: Similar to the above* but with Vitamin E & Aloe.

Rite Aid A&D Ointment (4oz tube @ $4.99)
Active Ingredients: Contains: Petrolatum* (53.4% - Skin Protectant), Lanolin (15.5% - Skin Protectant). Inactive Ingredients: Cod Liver Oil (contains Vitamin A & Vitamin D), Fragrance, Light Mineral Oil, Microcrystalline Wax, Paraffin.

Chamois Butt'r; (8oz tube @ $11.95)
Ingredients: Water, Mineral Oil, Ethylene Glycol Monostearate, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Vitamin E, Vitamins A and D, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Aloe, Lanolin.

ASSOS Chamois Cream: (4oz @ $16.95)
Made of 100% natural ingredients & washes out cleanly from shorts

*Petrolatum = Vaseline (a brand name petrolatum product)

Note: The Chamois Butt'r & Assos Creme are reportedly more susceptible to breaking down under heavy sweating or on rainy rides since they are designed to more easily wash-out of your shorts."

To prevent blisters, a foot product must resist moisture and lubricate. Anything that washes off easily with water probably is not any good for preventing blisters. It is the water that is making the friction that makes the blister. Water is the first ingredient in Chamois Butt'r.


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