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Running Smoothly and Recovering with bluerub

We’ve all been there . . . chafing, blisters, and general discomfort from rubbing seams or skin on the run. I always keep some anti-chafing products around, so I was curious to try bluerub. I was excited to see it was a plant-based product without mineral oil, parabens, silicone, phthalates, or petroleum products as my skin often becomes irritated by some of those ingredients. And, while this is a Colorado based company, the manufacturing is powered by 80% renewable energy right here in Portland! And, bluerub is more than just anti-chafing product. They also carry products for the recovery of sore, tired muscles. I recently tried the following bluerub products: Chamois, Chafe, Muscle, and Chill.

Chafe

The Anti-Chafe Stick is similar to a stick of deodorant for easy application. It is formulated for sensitive skin and is free of artificial colors and fragrances. I used this product on my feet when trying a new pair of slip-on running shoes. I applied the product to my foot quickly and easily. I didn’t have any issues with the product and it did it’s job! While I initially felt some rubbing on my feet, I did not end up with any negative effects post-run! I also tried it with a pair of flip-flops that need breaking in before summer and, again, no blisters or missing skin! I’d say this product does everything it was designed to do. I will definitely continue to use this.

Chamois

The Chamois Cream is comes in a squeeze tube and is applied like a lotion. I was concerned that after applying I was going to have greasy hands for my entire run, but I washed my hands with soap and water and the cream came off easily. The interesting thing about the Chamois is that it can be applied directly to seams, not just on your skin. That was something I had never thought of trying before, but it seemed to do the trick. Cool! I would recommend the Chamois for more sensitive skin areas where you don’t want a thick, greasy product. I liked this product for under my arms. Especially as the weather warms up and I’m wearing tank tops again, it was perfect to prevent that underarm chafing from your sports bra, shirt seams, or skin on skin contact. I really appreciated the lightness of this product. Even though it was working, I didn’t notice it on my skin. This one is a win in my book! Like Chafe, this product is also for sensitive skin and is non-staining and non-greasy.

Muscle

The Muscle Rub is a cream for tight or sore muscles. It has a cooling/heating feel with menthol and wintergreen oils. While some muscle rubs are really strong smelling and often kind of off-putting, Muscle has an amazing smell! In addition to the menthol/wintergreen, what stood out to me was the smell of the clove oil. Finally, a muscle rub that doesn’t stink up the whole house! While I wasn’t experiencing overly sore muscles at the time of my testing, Muscle had that soothing cool, yet warm feel to it that you expect of a muscle rub. And, like the other bluerub products, it easily washed off my hands with soap and water.

Chill

The Chill Cooling Gel is true to its name. After applying this aloe-based gel to my calf, it almost immediately felt cold. It was almost like I had put an ice pack on it. I think I’m going to use this one more in the summertime! The cool feeling was soothing and, like Muscle, it had a great smell. The fragrance I noticed the most was the spearmint oil. Chill also has many other ingredients in it, some of which I am a big fan of in my tea, like tulsi and turmeric. Who knew those ingredients would be pretty awesome in a cooling gel, too?


Company: bluerub

Products and Price:

  • Chafe – $9.99 1.5 oz stick
  • Chamois – $10 – 4 oz tube
  • Muscle – $17 – 4 oz tube
  • Chill – $12 – 2 oz bottle

More About bluerub:

Dave Veldhuizen, owner of bluerub, purchased the company in 2018 from the co-founders.  Now based in Loveland, Colorado, bluerub is committed to providing plant-based, sustainable alternatives to skincare that actually cares for skin. Like you, we run, cycle, walk, yoga, swim, climb and move every day in big and small ways.  Bluerub products are created by and for athletes of all ages and abilities, using natural and naturally-derived ingredients to create superior protection, performance and recovery solutions. Our pledge to you? Never tested on animals.  No added parabens, phthalates, silicone, petroleum by products, artificial colors, artificial fragrances.

 

Thank you to bluerub for providing us with samples. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.

About Annette Vaughan (477 Articles)
Annette Vaughan is a runner, personal trainer, and race director in Canby, Oregon. She began running at the age of 30 and became hooked after her first race (even though she is a self-proclaimed slow runner.) She enjoys small local races from 5Ks to half-marathons, with a 30K on the books as her longest run ever. She has also become a huge fan of obstacle course races and just can't get enough of them. Annette is the race director for Get A Clue Scavenger Race and owns a personal training studio in Canby. She believes in promoting movement, since our bodies were designed to move. The more we move, the better we move and function in everyday life.

2 Comments on Running Smoothly and Recovering with bluerub

  1. This is such a great breakdown! I currently use Glide and TBH, I’m kind of underwhelmed. I used to use Bag Balm slathered all over my feet and that worked well but you absolutely have to do it while still at home and are able to thoroughly wash your hands, because it is GLOPPY and THICK. I’m pumped to try some of these bluerub products!

  2. Thanks! I hope they work better for you! I’ve been pleased so far. 🙂

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