Body Glide for Her, a balm made from natural plant-based products, offers protection against chafing, a problem that can result not only in blisters, but red, raw skin in sensitive places. Body Glide saw a need to address the special issues of women and created Body Glide for Her, formulated with extra moisturizers.
For too long athletic skin chafing has been the stuff of Tour de France riders and elite marathoners but really, it affects many of members of both sexes in some pretty sensitive areas. There are a zillion specialized products for foot blisters, one manifestation of chafing, but what about areas less likely to be discussed in public? Let’s be frank—women are built differently than men and judging by the chatter on female backpacking forums chafing is a big issue. On the Facebook Group, Ladies of the JMT (ladies only please), more than one discussion has started off with, “I’m so saddle sore I can hardly walk” after a 12 mile hike left them with searing pain where their butt cheeks rubbed together. One author listed butt chafe as #7 in the blog post, “17 things scarier than bears on the Pacific Crest Trail”, saying that “ many a strong hiker [was] taken down as a result of bleeding butt cheeks”. Anatomical areas that may affect women more than men are the inner thighs, underarms and under the breasts or anywhere there are skin folds or creases. Some are even sensitive to the line where the zipper from zip-off pants rub on thighs or on the chest where pack straps rub.
I’ve used Body Glide for years on my feet during backpacking trips as I used to develop wicked blisters that would leave me hobbling on the trail. I got that figured out by switching to lighter boots a half size larger than my street shoes paired with Tilley or Injinji toe socks but there are times when I’ll still get the occasional hot spot on my feet and some chafing in other places. If it got really bad I sometimes used a little dab of Neosporin, which worked well and that’s all I had in my pack that was in ointment form.
When I had the opportunity to test a sample of Body Glide for Her I decided to bring it along on my 170 mile backpacking trip along the John Muir Trail (JMT) this summer. My husband went with me and we debated whether we should just keep sharing one stick of the balm. Then I started thinking about how he uses it, rubbing the stick, similar to an antiperspirant stick, all over his stinky feet with who-knows-what kind of microbes running around between his toes. Did I really want that balm to go from there to my sensitive areas? I decided to take my own, and the pink packaging made it easy to tell one from the other.
I tucked the Body Glide in the stuff sack with my first aid gear and forgot about it until I felt some telltale burning. Because the Body Glide was not that accessible I kept forgetting to use it so I pulled it out of hiding and put it in the toilet kit. That worked out a lot better because I started incorporating it into my morning routine. It was amazing the difference that made—no more problems and the formulation felt nice, more like a moisturizer and less like and ointment. It lasted the whole day and made chafing a non-issue. In this era of overuse of antibiotics it’s better to use Body Glide than Neosporin anyway.
My husband used his Body Glide on his feet a few times when he felt a hot-spot. For the first time he started noticing that he was getting some chafing on his chest where the pack straps rubbed so he used the Body Glide there too, with excellent results.
About Body Glide, the product
Body Glide is an invisible waxy, but non-greasy, product made from plants, setting it apart from competitor products made from oils, petroleum or lanolin. All Body Glide products are hypoallergenic and gentle on the skin. Body Glide for Her contains aloe and Vitamin F.
About Body Glide, the company
Body Glide grew from humble beginnings on the beach when Steve Chance, a surfer from Santa Barbara, set out to develop a product to protect his chafed skin from where his wetsuits rubbed on his neck and body. Prior to 1996, when he started experimenting with natural, plant-based compounds, athletes were stuck with greasy petroleum jelly that was messy and ruined wetsuits. After much trial and error Body Glide was born, quickly being adopted by runners worldwide, then spreading to other athletes. It has even been adopted by US Navy Seals, US Army Special Forces and police personnel. Body Glide, now based in Bellevue, Washington is realizing that there is a bigger market out there, and that many other people besides surfers, runners, cyclists and armed forces can get protection from chafing.
Body Glide for Her, a moisturizing balm made from natural plant-based products, offers protection against chafing.
Body Glide for Her is available from Body Glide, REI and Amazon and other retailers for about $7.99 or On The Go 3 Packs for $5.99.
Disclosure of material connection: I received a sample to test for the purposes of this review from Body Glide but the opinions expressed are solely my own.