Friday, October 19, 2007

Embrocation for the Vegan

It's cyclocross time and with the cool weather finally upon us in the Northeast, it's time for some embrocation to keep those legs feeling good in the cold and wet of cyclocross.

First up, Qoleum. This stuff goes out of its way to say it's vegan. That's pretty sweet. Qoleum comes in three flavors: low, medium, and hot. I'm enough of an embrocation fiend to have all three, but medium and hot would probably do you right.

Here's the sales pitch:
"Made from 100% natural vegan base for pre-sports levels of warming applications. Contains capsicum, menthol, eucalyptus and vitamin E.
100% organic, made with the finest ingredients in Belgium"

Vegan, organic, and Belgian, what more could you ask for? stocks it.

When I started racing 'cross more seriously, I bought myself some Sportsbalm embrocation. Three years later, I still have the same two tubes of Sportsbalm (The Dutch site). I like Sportsbalm. It lasts a while (both on your legs and in the tube). The medium is just right for cooler and damp days, while the XXX will get you through most cold and/or crappy rainy days. It lacks the feel good organic ingredients and explicit vegan tag, but it works well and the ingredients are vegan friendly.

Medium ingredients: Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Tea Tree Oil, Wintergreen, Cayenne, Paprika Oil, Nutmeg Oil.

Hot ingredients:
Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Cajeput Oil, Wintergreen, Cayenne, Paprika Oil, Nutmeg Oil.

So, not organic, but it's vegan and Dutch. That's two out of three. stocks it


PEANUT said...

That's nice to know about the embrocation. Thanks! By the way, there is now ass cream that's vegan too - . They were very conscious about making the decision to have it be completely vegan - and of course NO animal testing. Oh, and created by real cyclists. Hope it helps.

CPB said...

Thanks for the tips! I'll have to check them out:)

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