Bristol's Butt'r Anti-Chafing Cream has a thick consistency and organic antiseptic ingredients making it comfortable mile after mile.
With the advent of the modern synthetic chamois, there's less need for ointments and creams to prevent and relief from chafing. Spending hours in the saddle isn't always the most comfortable way to spend your spare time though. If you've ever suffered from sores or chafing after a couple of hours out riding, a chamois cream could literally save your butt.
Some cyclists swear by them, and won't consider leaving the house without first applying some chamois cream to their nether regions. They're especially good for successive days in the saddle, whether it's touring or a couple of back-to-back hard day's training. It certainly makes the first couple of miles of the ride, while you're settling into the chamois, all the more comfortable.
Bristol Butt'r is a new chamois cream on the market. It's actually handmade in Bristol by a keen cyclist, who wanted to develop his own formulation. It has a thick consistent, more akin to butter, that is described as an 'antiseptic ointment'. It's made from natural vegetable fats and 88% of the ingredients are organically sourced. Tea Tree Oil gives it the antiseptic qualities while Peppermint gives it a little kick when you slap it on the skin.
Opening the tub reveals a strong whiff of lavender hitting the nostrils. Because of its thickness, it's easy to apply. And if you're not sure how to apply, there's a handy illustrated step-by-step guide on the label. You can either apply directly to the body, or lather it on the chamois, or both. Personal preferences dictate which method you plump for, but the important thing is to make sure you get it in the high chafe risk areas.
Because of its thick consistency, I found the Bristol Butt'r to last a good length of time on the bike. Certainly by the end of the ride it's all been soaked into the skin/chamois, and leaves a nice barrier between your skin and the chamois for the length of the ride.
If you do suffer from chafing or any discomfort in the shorts when cycling, then you ought to try a chamois cream, it could be just what you need. And the Bristol Butt'r is a very good product that performs well.
I've used a lot of chamois creams in my time and I was particularly impressed with the Bristol Butt'r. The consistency ensures it's easy to apply and sticks around long into the ride, providing mile after mile of comfort. The 200ml tub is lasting ages, and it's reasonably priced too.
Particularly impressive chamois cream that lasts well.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Bristol Buttr Anti-Chafing Cream
Size tested: n/a
Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?
Chamois cream is something you may not have realised you need; given the application area and remedy, it doesn't come up in conversation with new cyclists or is simply overlooked. I'm sure you will have experienced soreness after a long ride or even 'saddle sores', something Bristol BUTT'R aims to alleviate. Give Bristol BUTT'R a go in your day to day riding and I'm sure you'll be surprised how much more comfortable your shorts become, with the right interface between body and clothing - like a well greased bearing.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Tea Tree Oil: Tight fitting clothing, compressed against the skin whilst on the saddle with sweat building up invites sores to grow. Tea Tree Oil has long been known as a natural antiseptic and is still one of the best out there. It helps to kill the bacteria that can ruin the next day's riding.
It's neatly presented in a generously sized tub with clear application instructions.
It worked really well from the first mile to the last mile. The thick consistency makes it easy to apply and the natural ingredients ensure it performs well.
This stuff lasts the full duration of a ride.
If you suffer from any discomfort in the saddle, you ought to try Bristol Butt'r, it might be just what you need.
At £10 it's cheaper than most other chamois creams.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
I was very impressed with Bristol Butt'r. It lasts a good long time, is comfortable between skin and chamois, and the 200ml tub is lasting ages.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The lavender scent is a touch on the strong side.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Can't think of anything.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
If you've never tried a chamois cream, and suffer from chafing/sores/discomfort when cycling, give this stuff a try.
About the tester
Age: 31 Height: 180 Weight: 67
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: road racing, time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, touring, mtb,
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.