Review: Sportique Balms and Body Care Products Mk2

A month or so ago I reviewed a number of Sportique Balms and Bodycare Products; they were so good that I felt compelled to share my thoughts on some more products in the range. The quality has been similarly impressive...


Elements Cream
Wind, rain, sweat and dirt are hard on your skin; the Elements Cream is designed to protect against the "Elements". The cream is effectively a high quality moisturiser; stopping chafing and chapping of skin that is exposed to the weather conditions. For example, in the colder weather I have used the Elements Cream on my lower legs that are left exposed below knee warmers. The cream is effective at keeping your skin from drying out and chapping, and is easily absorbed and applied.

Elements Cream is available from Wiggle Bike Shop (Link)


Shea Butter Hand Cream
Your hands are another area that often suffers in colder weather. It is important to keep them moisturised as the skin on your hands is a major barrier to infection, and for keeping out bacteria that you touch with your fingers. Hand cream doesn't have to be just for girls, this one has a nice citrus scent to it, and is very good at relieving dry hands that are dried out from hours of riding in the rain and wind.






Moisturising Body Balm and Body Soap
Work Hard. Play Hard. Play Clean. A motto that I've always tried to live by. OK, so it doesn't really mean that you have to avoid getting dirty whilst you are riding, but it is nice to get clean when you get home. The Sportique Body Soap and Moisturising Body Balm are ideal for this.

The Body Soap has a very pleasant aqua scent to it; perfect for freshening up. It's highly effective at cleaning off road grime from your legs, arms and face, yet it doesn't seem to dry your skin out as much as some other shower gels that I have used. Put simply, it works! Definitely a theme developing with the Sportique products.

The Moisturising Body Balm is a similarly pleasant and effective product to use. Post shower or post sport, the moisturing balm helps to soothe, calm and rejuvenate damaged or irritated skin. That could be wind burn, sun burn or even just scratches from branches and plants at the side of the trail; the balm has proven effective at alleviating the problem. It has a pleasant botanic smell, and a long lasting effect.


Warming Up Cream
In my last review I used the Warming Up oil from Sportique, the Warming Up Cream is effectively a cream version of the oil (predictably I guess). Containing the same active ingredients it is similarly VERY effective at warming up the skin and muscles, to the extent that you need to be careful how much of this you put on. Warm up time greatly reduced! Ideal for the colder weather.
Warming Up Cream is available from Wiggle Bike Shop (Link)


Foot Spray and Deodorant
Fortunately I can have a shower when I get to work, or indeed after most of my bike rides. However some cyclists require a good quality deodorant to keep them smelling sweet after some time spent in the saddle. The Body Deodorant I have on test is the "Powder Fresh" version, it is scented a bit like talcum powder; pleasant enough, and certainly better than "Sweaty Cyclist".

Fortunately I have also never had trouble with Athlete's Foot, but I know plenty of people that do. Hours of having your feet stewing away in a pair of cycling shoes can breed some unwanted fungi. I lent the Foot Spray to a friend to test, and he has been singing its praises as an effective measure to keep your feet smelling fresh and fungi free. It's a great product to help freshen up after long hours of riding.


Shaving Kit: Shaving Cream, Shaving Oil and After Shave Balm
Definitely one of my favourites in the Sportique range, the shaving products are some of the nicest I have used. The Shaving Cream is designed to be used with a traditional shaving brush; it has a gentle botanical scent, a non-greasy texture, and provides a smooth moisturising shave. Many cyclists don't just shave their facial hair, and the Sportique Shaving Oil is ideal for keeping those legs race smooth, avoiding razor burn and irritation. The aftershave balm is definitely my favourite though; it is cooling, has a very nice scent to it, and is highly effective at soothing your skin. Stay smooth.


The Sportique range is distributed in the UK by Saddleback.co.uk. A distinct theme has developed with every product I have tried from the range is that these are products that really work! All too often I have sampled botanical based products that don't really seem to do what they say on the tin (or bottle), Sportique has never failed to deliver...

The Cooling Cream is effective at relieving inflammation, the Elements Cream provides better protection from irritation by wind and rain than any other product I have tried, and the Shaving kit is easily some of the nicest I have sampled. If you are looking for a gift for a cyclist, or indeed any active individual, the Sportique products would be a superb choice; they are bound to impress.

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