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Sportique Road Rash Balm



Brilliant natural alternative to medicinal creams with very little put you off, other than possibly the price.

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Sportique Road Rash does a good job of helping cuts and scrapes to heal, whether you're an unlucky adult or a 16-month-old trainee stuntman.

U.S. based Sportique specialise in manufacturing pretty much everything that the sporty customer could desire with regards to hygiene and body care. There are massage creams, deodorants, lip balms and so on as well as more traditional sports warm up and joint gels all with the main selling point that all the ingredients are natural, botanicals, oils etc all picked for their healing properties.

The Road Rash balm provides an alternative to the usual antibacterial creams for scrapes, small abrasions, cuts, minor post-surgical scars, burns, sun burns, cold sores and chapped lips. Neem oil is said to be the star of the show with regards to the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and over the last few months this tube has been used on pretty much every body part.

While Sportique don't test on animals I needed to (it was either that or keep chucking myself of the bike). With a daughter learning to ride her bike without stabilisers and a 16 month old son who is basically an apprentice stuntman finding some subjects to test the cream on hasn't been too difficult.

The balm is quite a thin liquid yet not runny. You need very little on the tip of your finger to apply it to the skin which means the small 20ml tube lasts loads longer than you'd expect. The best thing about it is that it doesn't sting open wounds at all and rubs in without leaving any mess: ideal for kids. Large bumps on heads have subsided quickly after just the smallest of balm has been applied.

Using it on saddle soreness and other irritations the Road Rash Balm seems to work just as quickly as the usual antiseptic cream found in the first aid cabinet. After a crash in the summer when I took the skin off of most of the right hand side of my hip, knee and shoulder I used this a lot to stop irritation from cycling kit when I was riding and it worked very well keeping the road rash moist enough that it didn't crack with movement but dry enough that it didn't stick to anything meaning no need for bandages or plasters. I was also comfortable going through the pedaling motion plus the scabs and bruising had all subsided within a week.

At £9.45 for the 20ml it's not cheap but as you use so little of it lasts a good amount of time and the performance more than makes up for it. I'm not anti-medicine by any stretch of the imagination but I prefer to use them as little as possible so the fact this natural alternative provides, at the very least, a comparable ability to aid healing and stop infections means that I'd happily use the Road Rash Balm every time.


Brilliant natural alternative to medicinal creams with very little put you off, other than possibly the price. test report

Make and model: Sportique Road Rash Balm

Size tested: 20ml

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?

A natural balm which has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and healing properties for minor ailments like cuts and bruises. It works very well and the balm is a nice consistency.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?


Butyrospermum Parkii, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Cera Alba, Olive Oil ozonized, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Ricinus Comunis Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Triticum Vulgare Germ Oil, Melaleuca Leucadendron Cajaput Oil, Sorbitan Olivate, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil, Symphytum Officinalis Leaf Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Boswelia Serrata Gum, Commiphora Myrrha Oil, Tocopherol, Achillea Millefolium Oil, Melia Azadirachta Seed Oil, Ascorbyl Palmitate

Rate the product for performance:


Rate the product for value:

An expensive outlay compared to supermarket own brand antiseptic creams but it pays off in the long term.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well indeed, things seem to clear up rather quickly and it makes a lot less mess than other creams.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The feel of the balm.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Nothing really, bit pricey I suppose.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 35  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: Ribble Winter Trainer for commuting, Genesis Flyer  My best bike is: Sarto Rovigo

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: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,


As part of the tech team here at F-At Digital, senior product reviewer Stu spends the majority of his time writing in-depth reviews for, and ebiketips using the knowledge gained from testing over 1,500 pieces of kit (plus 100's of bikes) since starting out as a freelancer back in 2009. After first throwing his leg over a race bike back in 2000, Stu's ridden more than 170,000 miles on road, time-trial, track, and gravel bikes, and while he's put his racing days behind him, he still likes to smash the pedals rather than take things easy. With a background in design and engineering, he has an obsession with how things are developed and manufactured, has a borderline fetish for handbuilt metal frames and finds a rim braked road bike very aesthetically pleasing!

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crikey | 10 years ago

£472 a litre?


A tenner for 20 mls?

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