You only have to ride without chamois cream for cyclists once to realize how important this product is to your bottom's comfort while on the bike. Unfortunately, chamois cream can get expensive, and there might be times you can't make it to the bike store to buy it before it's time to ride. In cases like this, it's nice to be able to rely on homemade chamois cream. These homemade creams may not be quite as luxurious as the high-end creams from the bike store, but they'll certainly do the trick on shorter rides and in a pinch. They're made with ingredients you can buy at most any grocery store.
Coconut Oil Chamois Cream
Coconut oil is known for its skin moisturizing abilities, and the fact that it's a solid at room temperature makes it easier to apply. To make a coconut oil-based cream, combine the following ingredients:
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons petroleum jelly
- 1 drop peppermint or eucalyptus essential oil (your choice)
Mix the ingredients together in a tub, and store the mixture at room temperature. Apply liberally to your thighs and rear end before pulling on your bike shorts. You should get about 6 - 8 uses out of this tub of chamois cream.
Tea Tree Oil and Witch Hazel
Have you developed fungal infections in the past? This chamois cream will help you avoid future ones. Tea tree oil fights fungus naturally, and witch hazel helps calm down sensitive skin. Combine these ingredients:
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 teaspoons tea tree oil
- 2 tablespoons witch hazel
Shake the ingredients to make sure they are evenly mixed. You will need to re-shake the mixture before each use to disperse the witch hazel in the oils. This chamois "cream" is more of a liquid, so applying it might be a bit messy. You may want to stand over a tub while doing so. Be generous in your application for best results.
Cocoa Butter and Jojoba Oil
If you find that your skin is dry and red after long rides, this homemade chamois cream is a wonderful choice since cocoa butter is deeply moisturizing. Jojoba oil also helps penetrate and hydrate dry skin. Combine the following:
- 1/3 cup cocoa butter
- 2 tablespoons jojoba oil
Mix the ingredients together; you should get a smooth cream. Apply this chamois cream more sparingly as you would a commercial chamois cream. About a teaspoon should be enough for one use.