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  1. Katie @k8tlevy
    October 16, 2012

    I’m a big fan of the Climb On! Creme, despite the fact that it’s a little greasy, and I absolutely love the way it smells. Haven’t heard of a lot of the other products listed here…guess I’ve got some testing to do!

    • Will/Polly @ ClimbOn (@climbonproducts)
      October 16, 2012

      It’s true when we say you will scream without the CO! Creme.

  2. Chad Weinman
    October 16, 2012

    I have used to use some Bag Balm (Type of Cow Udder Cream) on my hands. Worked well.

    If it can help udders that are chapped and cracked… its good enough for my hands

  3. Dave Sandel
    October 16, 2012

    +1 for Climb On!. (Double punctuation for use of the exclamation mark in their name, not my utter enthusiasm for the product) I got my…hands…on their prototype Climb On! Bar for men to test out, and I love it. The greasy feeling quickly turns “tacky” and then disappears to sweet, sweet, supple, hydrated feeling skin. The scent is somewhat herbal, but it’s no worse than walking into your local hippy/ hipster organic store. Let’s face it, climbers usually fit that mold anyway so it’s not a big deal.

    • Will/Polly @ ClimbOn (@climbonproducts)
      October 16, 2012

      Thanks for the shout-out Dave – The Climb On! Bar for Men is now available for everyone in the 1oz and .5oz sizes!

  4. Jiacong
    October 16, 2012

    Wow I didn’t know there were so many things climbers put on their hands! I’ve only seen the Metolius balm and am only familiar with the regular chalk.

    Hey about finger tapes, why weren’t they included in the list? Is it because it’s a very general thing and there aren’t many kinds to explain on? I use Leukoplast personally as finger tapes. Speaking of tapes, you ever seen those coloured stretchy tapes some people put along their muscles for sprains and aches?

    • blockheadlord
      October 17, 2012

      Hi Jiacong, thanks for the comment. I didn’t add finger tape because I wanted to keep the list limited to things climbers use to dry, heal, or moisturize their skin. I guess it’s a pretty random distinction, but tape just didn’t seem to fit when I was writing this. Of course, tape is something climbers put on their hands, as evidenced by the photo up top!

  5. Will/Polly @ ClimbOn (@climbonproducts)
    October 16, 2012

    Hi Justin,

    Thank you for including us in your guide we really appreciate it!

    A few things – as Dave pointed out we now have a new Climb On! Bar for Men. Like all of our products just because it says for men it’s not just for men it just has a more manly scent vs the herbal scent. The New Climb On! Bar for Men still has the strong Climb On! recipe for Intense Skin Repair you have come to know and love from Climb On!

    As Katie mentioned we also have our own wonderful Climb On! Creme for an everyday moisturizing lotion as well! You really will scream if you run our of your Climb On! Creme. I also want to point out that the Climb On! Bar and Creme is not just for Climbers it has been used for Eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, crack dog noses and so much more.

    While we are here staying true to our mission – watch out for the nasty ingredients you find in your cosmetics. The EWG is a great resource and we have an little starter guide on our site http://www.climbonproducts.com/ingrediants-glossary/

    Thanks again Justin and everyone who mentioned Climb On!,

    Will @ Climb On! Products
    Community Leader & Executive Technical Officer

  6. Caroline Sinno
    October 16, 2012

    Thank you for including Crimp Oil in your article!!
    Crimp Oil is the first 100% natural blend of essential oils and plant extract produced especially for climbers who are healing injuries. Also, if you are uninjured but training hard Crimp Oil will keep your fingers in good form and less susceptible to tweak when applied after each session. It quickly eases pain from sore tendons, joints and muscles and supports the daily abuse of hard climbing and solid crimping.

    • blockheadlord
      October 17, 2012

      Hi Caroline. Do you sell Crimp Oil in the US?

  7. Ryan
    November 3, 2012

    on a personal investigation I grabbed some Bio Oil, popular to reduce pregnant womens stretch marks or reduce scars intensity. I initially thought it must have to do with keeping skin healthy and regrowing, but really it just made my tips soft and never callused…. so thats a no go, FYI.

    any thoughts on getting raw or cheapish bee’s wax from sources to make your own finger products?

  8. Richard Dickie Llewellyn
    May 25, 2013

    Good old Vaseline for dry cracked hands. Greasy, but you can’t beat it for the price! I’ve also used “really hard working hand cream” imported from NZ, but now stick to Vaseline!

  9. s petty
    June 24, 2013

    I am into this new Sport Body Repair Cream by Kale Naturals. My hands were in pretty bad shape and this really worked for me.

  10. Samantha
    July 24, 2013

    Something else that I’ve found is a hand salve called Monkey Hands. It’s intended for Crossfit people, but I can’t live without it anymore. I put it on after workouts and at night. ADDICTED. I had to buy it online, but the best find I’ve made recently.

  11. Luquid Grip Canada
    August 22, 2013

    I do agree, most effective benefit of using chalks is that there are less cuts and tears on the hands and the skin becomes more resilient.

  12. Ashley
    October 3, 2013

    I loooove the climb on bar! After using it a couple times, I have come to love the smell because it means my hands will feel better soon! I love the leathery callous feeling it puts on my tips… They feel more tough afterward! :) great product!

    • Will/Polly @ climbOn (@climbonproducts)
      October 3, 2013

      Thanks for the love Ashley, climbOn!

  13. Ash
    October 22, 2013

    When my hands get super cracked or dry I find that hemp lotion works wonders. Smells a lot like dirt (literally), but works amazingly after a long day at my climbing gym. I get the hand lotion from bath and body works.

  14. Matias
    October 28, 2013

    Hi! I really liked this article! actually I was just writting about the subject wen I found it, so I have to put the link on my blog :)

  15. Giuseppe
    January 4, 2014

    The best hand salve for climbers is cannabis oil infused. It’s fucking cannabis!

  16. Jordan
    March 11, 2014

    Try Tallo Beauty Balm Unscented. It absorbs quick, non greasy… super medicinal . There’s other one with essential oils but Unscented is perfect for the purpose

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