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In many cases, the difference is just related to the scent. However, some standard chamois cream has menthol or some other "icy hot" chemical, which some women find a bit "strong" for their sensitive bits. Many women's creams use something milder, like peppermint oil. Mad Alchemy lists some of the major ingredients in their chamois creams: http://www....


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It massively depends on the brand/consistency of the cream, how much you use, and the weather conditions. For me, a small amount of Assos cream will last 4-6hrs in normal conditions, but if its particularly hot (and hence sweating a lot) or if its rainy it lasts much less. There are some products that are much more durable (morgans blue solid for example), ...


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There's no right/wrong answer. Just make sure you have some sort of towel available so you can wipe your hands before riding. What I generally do is place dabs on the chamois and rub the sides together to spread it around -- keeps the hands relatively clean and doesn't require a separate applicator. Some people prefer to rub it on their butt. I don't use ...


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Most of your chamois creams/"butt butters", such as Paceline's "Chamois Butt`r", are fairly conventional combos of standard skin cream ingredients, with a heavy emphasis on lanolin. I've never tried petrolatum (though many swear by it), and I'm a bit skeptical as to how it would fare compared to the more skin-cream-like concoctions. Plus it would make more ...


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For very long days in the saddle, I use a wax-based chamois cream (I use QM4 and I believe Squirt does one too or you can just use regular Vaseline) that forms a layer on top of the skin, rather than being absorbed the way that Assos or Muc-Off are. Sweat seems to have little effect on it. When showering after a 10 hour ride, I'm still be able to feel it on ...


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Not home-made, but pretty darn cheap (less than $5 last time I bought it, and it's lasted over 2 years): Lantiseptic. http://www.rusa.org/newsletter/08-04-10.html


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It really depends on the type of Chamois Cream you are using. I use Assos and that has a little bit thicker consistency than Vaseline, so it typically takes a bit more to get a good spread across everything. The rule of thumb I follow is anywhere where friction will be a factor. That for me means most of the taint, and the inner part of the upper thigh. ...


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As others have mentioned, chamois cream has a service duration depending on many things including perspiration and the degree to which you are depending on it. To look at how it is sold, you have two inconvenient options: a giant tube (or for some brands, tub), or expensive little foil packets. I just went and bought a 1 oz (28 ml) sample size tube of hand ...


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Depends on the type of lube/cream you're using. For short rides, I just use Glide. It comes in a deodorant style container and can be applied directly to the nether regions. For longer rides, I use a tube+cream based lube that i apply in both places chamois and directly to the "friction zone." One indispensable word of advice, if you are directly ...


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Back when shorts had real chamois, I used Vaseline (petroleum jelly) on the chamois all the time with no problems. If I were doing it today, I think I'd go with lanolin. This brand works very well and is obviously very gentle.


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