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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.
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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
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.
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,
With 20 years of road cycling and over 150,000 miles in his legs it's safe to say Stu is happiest when on the bike whatever the weather. Since writing his first review for road.cc back in 2009 he has also had a career in engineering including 3D-CAD design and product development, so has a real passion for all of the latest technology coming through in the industry but is also a sucker for a classic steel frame, skinny tyres, rim brakes and a damn good paintjob.
His fascination with gravel bikes is getting out of control too!