- Works great to prevent chafing
- Does not clog pores
- Easily washes off body and clothing
- Suited for both men and women
- Vegan ingredients derived entirely from plants
- Fragrance, petroleum and paraben-free
- Tub is too big to for travel, need to use single use packets
- Bacteria concerns with repeatedly putting fingers in tub, especially in household where multiple people are using
Pricing: 8oz tub – $21.95; 12 -Single-use packets – $17.95
Availability: Company web site, Amazon, and retail
How Obtained: Company sample
RBR Advertiser: No
Happy Bottom = Longer Rides
Cyclists seem to have no problem discussing saddle issues or virtually anything going on with their southern region. We’ll chat about everything from saddle sores to numbness to hygiene (waxing vs not waxing). The topic of chamois cream usually comes up. Some use it, some do not. I’m in the camp that always uses chamois cream.
Recently the topic came up in one of my online cycling discussion groups. One woman swore by Zealios Betwixt chamois cream. Since this woman spends hours on the trainer, I took note. I had never heard of the company nor the product, so I reached out to their marketing director for test samples.
Within a week, I received an 8 oz tub of Betwixt along with a few single use samples. The first thing I noticed when I opened the tub was the lack of fragrance. I like that there are no added perfumes, in fact it is made from vegan ingredients derived entirely from plants. It is also petroleum and paraben-free. (Parabens are a class of widely used preservatives in cosmetic and pharmaceutical products.)
Betwixt is thinner compared to many other chamois creams, which made me concerned it would not work for longer rides or require frequent reapplication. But testing both during outdoor rides and long trainer rides, it held up really well. I can say I REALLY, REALLY like Betwixt.
When laundering my bibs, Betwixt washed out of the chamois and left no residue. It also washed off my skin easily in the shower. I never found it to clog my pores or cause any skin discomfort.
According to the company’s web site, Betwixt is suitable for men and women. It can also be used as a skin lubricant where you might incur chafing, like for runners. It is safe to use with wet suits, so I look forward to trying next summer during an open water swim.
Betwixt is available online from both the Zealios site or Amazon and at select retailers. The pricing for both the tub and single use packets are competitive to other brands.
The only downsides I had with Betwixt revolved around the tub. First, the tub is too large to travel with, so you’re forced to take a bunch of single use packets which isn’t environmentally friendly. Second, I worry about bacteria with using a large tub, especially if sharing with another person in your household. Bacteria exists on your hands and under your nails. Over the life of the tub you are repeatably sticking your fingers in the cream. Not very sanitary, although quite a few other chamois cream brands also use the same packaging method.
I did mention my concern to Zealios’ marketing director who stated they are in the process of looking at different packaging. If they came out with a squeeze tube, like some other chamois cream brands, then I’d definitely give them a 5-star rating.
When a friend raved about Zealios Betwixt chamois cream I knew I had to try it. This all-natural lubricant is made from vegan ingredients derived entirely from plants. Betwixt made my southern region quite comfortable, even on long indoor trainer rides! Suited for men or women, it is worth trying for yourself. A happy bottom means longer rides and a happy cyclist.
Sheri Rosenbaum regularly contributes articles and reviews products for RBR. She’s an avid recreational roadie who lives in the Chicago area and a major advocate for women's cycling, serving on the board of directors and volunteering with the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club. Click to read Sheri's full bio or visit her web site sunflowersandpedals.com.