Beljum Budder

Beljum Budder

The first product I ever used as a chamois cream was Noxema. My teammates let me in on their little secret after I confessed that I was battling multiple saddle sores. The revelation improved my relationship with countless pair of substandard shorts, and made the good shorts heaven itself. It eventually fell from favor as shorts improved but as I aged and my skin became more sensitive it became a necessity once again.

When I ran across Beljum Budder in its red, black and yellow accented tube, I knew I needed to check it out. In the exploding market of chamois creams, a chamois cream that evokes Belgium and maintains a sense of humor definitely gets points for style.

I’ve been using Beljum Budder on rides longer than two hours for a few months now. The first major difference between Beljum Budder and some of the other chamois creams I’ve used lately is the fact that the mentholy-zing on this stuff is much less pronounced. It goes on easier and if I pull over to respond to nature it isn’t reactivated by a little fresh air, nor does it make the act unnecessarily difficult.

One of the oddest things I’ve noticed about some chamois creams is that they are actually too slick, at least for my taste; I don’t like the feeling that my nether regions are as slick as freshly lubed ball bearings. I’ve got no such issue with Beljum Budder. The cream seems to strike the right sort of balance between preventing chafing and making things slippery. Sorry if that headed into TMI, but the very nature of the discussion crosses at least one boundary, (cough).

While I like interesting scents for my embrocations, I prefer my chamois cream to be unadorned. Beljum Budder is, thankfully, almost perfectly scent-free.

I’ve been using an 8-ounce tube for three months and still have a long way to go before finishing it. It has caused me to wonder if I don’t use the stuff more judiciously because it’s not in a tub. While I certainly prefer embrocations in tubs, I think chamois cream may go further if it is sold in a tube. And for those who apply cream to their shorts rather than themselves, a tube is likely a good deal easier for application.

The 8-ounce tube carries a suggested retail price of $19 on the Beljum Budder web site. For $11, you can get 10 .3-ounce single-use packets, which are terrific for traveling.

I’ve yet to run across a chamois cream that I flat-out disliked or one that didn’t perform acceptably, so that may make recommending one cream over another difficult. Even so, that doesn’t mean I haven’t formed a strong preference; Beljum Budder is definitely my favorite so far.

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7 comments

  1. mark

    Never tried Beljum Budder, but I’m sold on DZ Nuts. Best stuff I’ve tried. And unlike you, I have tried some I don’t like. I hate Assos. I think I got saddle sores from using Assos.

  2. Robot

    I’m glad you mentioned sensitivity. When I was but a whelp, I cared not for creams or emollients. I even eschewed chamois (what’s the plural of chamois?) as a needless extravagance. I rode trails au natural. I rode hours on the road without benefit of padding of any sort.

    But as I’ve grown older (and even more so since I had my man parts disconnected in order to avoid further expansion of my immediate robotic family (I know, this is certainly TMI, though I mention it only to connect perhaps with others who have undergone this “change.”) I’ve grown dependent on cushioning my nether parts and needing to “grease the bearings” a bit.

    I will try this product, though I suspect, as it is inspired by Belgian embrocations, that it may just be a tube of mayonnaise.

    I would add that I also really enjoyed your use of this phrase: “In the exploding market of chamois creams.” So evocative. So ludicrous.

  3. Gary

    This stuff is great! I think chamois cream in a tube might be a tad bit more sanitary too. I’ve used/tried Bag Balm, A&D Ointment, Chamois Butt’r and Assos and I gotta say, Beljum Budder has been my all time favorite.

  4. Marco Placero

    Ringing with the age comment, either my hours are longer or the Euro skin I’m in is thinner (ask my racing buddies, they’ll tell you it’s the latter). Got ta lube. Haven’t tried this stuff although one of the local pro-style shops carries it so I will now based on you.

    “But” I’m sorta hooked on Hibros by the tub. I know, it’s the Italiano wannabeo again. But I like zinc oxide and Hibros got it. Even found a Burt’s Bee’s high-Z.O product that works as a prelubrian base or for after hours– a bump killer. Lemme check the label on Belgium Budder, might give it a spin or two. Thnx.

  5. bikesgonewild

    …1st bottom line for any product of this nature…“is it still working hours later, down the road”…beljum budder is a big yup !!!…hours of riding & you’ll still be washing it off in the post ride shower…

    …2nd bottom line for the same…“are the ingredients fairly benign or even healthy ???”…from what i can ascertain, that’s another big YUP !!!…

    …no strange fragrances, works great, reasonably priced convenience in a tube…what’s not to like about beljum budder ???…

  6. Larry T.

    Hibros “Soprasella” cream is excellent as is Record’s “Dermalon”, which is a bit more petroleum-jelly like. Tried some samples of Beljum Budder and liked it OK and have also used Assos and others. Hibros and Dermalon are the two “keepers” in the bathroom cabinet (probably because they’re both Italian products and friends of mine import/distribute them) and cycling gear bag. Both wash out of shorts/chamois fairly easily and keep things happy in the saddle contact areas. With modern chamois nowadays almost sucking the moisture out of one’s skin (unlike the old leather daze) you almost have to use something for rides of any length to avoid problems/discomfort.

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