Mini Review: Okole Stuff Chamois Lube
Straight outta Hawaii (or where ever it’s actually made) comes Okole Stuff.
Okole (oh-koh-lay), which means “butt” in Hawaiian, is the product of pro endurance mountain biker Pua Sawicki.Ã‚Â When we interviewed her, she said her motivation in creating her own chamois cream was to make something that would last for the duration of 24 hour solo races.
And, actually, chamois “cream” is a bit of a misnomer.Ã‚Â The stuff is like thick, more like chamois putty. Ã‚Â It’s certainly different than the myriad other chamois creams out there.Ã‚Â It doesn’t claim to be all-natural, biodegradable or anything else.Ã‚Â It just claims to work.
How? Petroleum and Lanolin.Ã‚Â It’s thick, it sticks and it doesn’t go away. It also has Allantoin, Tea Tree Oil, Aloe and Love, so it’s not necessarilyÃ‚Â bad for your skin.
Hit ‘more’ to see what we thought of its performance and a full ingredient list with descriptions of each…
When we say thick, we mean thick. Ã‚Â And it smells sorta like a nursing home or your grandmother’s medicine cabinet.
Pua said other chamois creams tended to wear off too quickly, so she designed Okole Stuff to last for hours. Ã‚Â I tried it on several three hour mountain bike rides, and after changing, it was still visible on the chamois and took some effort to wash of the skin “down there.” Ã‚Â So, yes, I would say it lasts, and it seemed to prevent any discomfort, chafing or other problems that can occur during hours in the saddle. Ã‚Â And some of these rides were on excessively hot days where I sweated. A lot.
There’s no warming or tingling sensation like DZ Nuts, Assos or Chamois Butt’r’s new EuroStyle (some of which we reviewed), which is good if you prefer to avoid hot, tingly sensations on your special parts. Ã‚Â At least while riding, anyway.
A few other testers commented that it definitely lasted a long time, but it didn’t seem to wash out of the chamois well. Ã‚Â None of us tested it for more than a 3-1/2 hour ride because, well, I forgot to bring it with us to the BURN 24 Hour.
Our recommendation: Try it. Ã‚Â If you just like trying new things or other chamois creams don’t do the trick for you, Okole Stuff may be just the ticket. Ã‚Â And, you’re helping support an independent racer in the process. Ã‚Â It’s available directly from Pua’s website: www.teammata.com
MSRP: $25/each or 3/$60. Ã‚Â (6oz jar)
Petroleum - Petroleum is a fossil fuel. Through various stages of refinement, petroleum can be broken down into molecules called hydrocarbons that are the basic ingredients in many cosmetic products. Like mineral oils, petroleum can hold moisture against the skin, which can also clog pores not allowing them to breathe.
Lanolin - Lanolin is an ointment-like material isolated from wool that is sheared from sheep. Lanolin and its related ingredients moisturize and lubricate the skin.
Mineral oil – Mineral oil is a cheap petroleum by-product that coats the skin like plastic, clogging the pores. It interferes with the skinÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders. It slows down skin function and cell development, resulting in premature aging. It is used in many products (baby oil is 100% mineral oil!) Any mineral oil derivative may be contaminated with cancer causing PAHÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s (Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons).
Microcrystalline Wax – a type of wax produced by de-oiling petroleum jelly. Can be used to modify the crystalline properties of paraffin wax when desired functional changes in the paraffin are needed, such as flexibility, higher melting point, and increased opacity.
Paraffin Wax Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Paraffin Wax contains unbranched alkanes and is mostly found as a white, odorless, and tasteless waxy solid. It is used to moisturize the skin.
Allantoin – Present in botanical extracts of the comfrey plant and uric acid from cows, but chemically synthesized bulk allantoin is natural-identical, safe, non-toxic. Benefits include its moisturizing and keratolytic effect, increasing the water content of the extracellular matrix and enhancing the desquamation of upper layers of dead skin cells, increasing the smoothness of the skin; promotion of cell proliferation and wound healing; and a soothing, anti-irritant, and skin protectant effect by forming complexes with irritant and sensitizing agents.
Tea Tree Oil – Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil – This is the most important species for commercial production of Tea tree oil (melaleuca oil), a topical antibacterial and antifungal.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice – Aloe-derived ingredients enhance the appearance of dry or damaged skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness.
The ingredient information came from a variety of sources, including Wikipedia, cosmetic brand sites, ingredient supplier sites, governmental agency sites and other random sources that we believe to be credible. If you want more info on a particular ingredient, just Google it.