BIKERUMOR REVIEW: Betwixt Athletic Skin Lubricant & Chamois Cream is about as all-natural as you’ll get, and it works great.
Using all natural and many organic ingredients, Betwixt is a slippery, fairly long lasting chamois cream that feels slick without being greasy. It also has several moisturizing ingredients. In fact, after applying to my chamois or special areas, I’d usually just rub the rest in on my hands and elbows.
For those sensitive (physically or ethically) to certain ingredients, you’ll be happy to know that Betwixt has no parabens, petroleum or petroleum derivatives and is fragrance free. It’s also vegan and does no animal testing. Key ingredients are Green Tea Extract, organic Aloe Vera gel, B & E vitamins and Sweet Almond Oil, so it does double duty in keeping your skin healthy and chafe free.
During testing in both hot and cold rides (and everything in between), Betwixt kept the important things free of irritation and chafing. It’s a little, uh, squishy when you first put in on the chamois and pull your pants up and walk around, but once on the bike that weird feeling goes away.Â After multi-hour rides, I could still feel it on my skin before showering, proof that it sticks around. It’s thick enough to apply easily, but not so thick that it requires any extra work to spread. If you’re looking for something that works well and is as good to your skin as the planet, give Betwixt a try. $21.95 for an 8oz tub, or $13.95 for 10 sample packs good for about two uses each.
Full ingredients list after the break…
Water – Natural moisturizer
Certified Organic Aloe Vera Gel – Natural moisturizer & healing agent; anti-aging
Decyl Oleate – Natural emollient made from olive oil
Behentrimonium Methosulfate – Skin conditioner & silking agent from rapeseed oil
Glycerine – Natural moisturizer from vegetable oils
N.F.- Grade Emylsifying Wax – Natural emollient & emulsifier from palm oil
White Oak Bark Extract – Natural analgesic & anti-inflammatory
Cetearyl Alcohol – Natural emollient, silking agent from palm/vegetable oils
Allantion – Natural healing from Comfrey Root, healthy cell renewal
Panthenol (Vitamin-B5) – natural skin conditioning & moisturizing
Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin-E) – natural emollient & anti-aging
Sweet Almond Oil – Natural emollient (not recommended for kids under 5)
Soy Sterols – Natural soy phytosterols to sooth & heal broken cells
Mixed Tocopherols – Natural vitamin-E; antioxidant; anti-aging cream
Lecithin – Emulsifier & silking agent to reduce skin friction
Green Tea Extract – Natural anti-aging
Chamomile Extract – Natural anti-irritant & healing agent
Phenoxyethanol – Natural preservative from rose petals
Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin – Natural humectant/preservative based on vegetable oils
FYI, a humectant is something that attracts moisture, an emollient is a substance that softens and soothes the skin and an emulsifier is something that helps keep oils and water mixed together.