Sypeland balm has been on the scene for quite a while now with the product being passed around the forums since 2008.
When you first search for Sypeland balm you would be for given for passing it by. In an age of merchandising and trendy logos and branding Sypelands tub is rather bland with its plain white tub and the paper label the whole thing says home made. That isn’t something that should put you off though, especially not the home made part. A good exampe of home made is Tipjuice made in a kitchen and tubbed up by the lads.
Sypeland are obviously confident that their product does what it says on the tin, and why shouldn’t it, it’s been selling for a fair few years more than most and still going strong, I found very little if any complaints on the forums, in fact most recommend it.
So enough talk on with the review, I was taken by surprise when I opened the Sypeland balm and found it was an off white to grey cream. It reminds me of vanilla yoghurt that I used to get. It smells pretty nice with a kind of clovey, gingery sweetness to it. Most balms we have tried are wax based solid pucks or have the same texture as lipsalve, not this, this is new.
The Sypeland climbers balm has thrown me a little, it definitely a cream but when you rub a little into your hands it doesn’t seem to stink into your skin like a normal moisturiser it kind of coats your skin like the previously mentioned pucks. I would say that you could climb after using this if you applied a bit of chalk but it may be too slick for some.
On saying this Sypeland do state that it is a post climb product where as competing products say you can climb after applying their products. Most of these other balms are wax or oil based so you do get a slightly greasy film after application.
Having been off the skincare products for a few months, I used this for a week or so and found that the burning sensation I got after a hard session on the rock or the plastic calmed down quite quickly. I also get the feeling that between sessions my calluses didn’t get so hard and flakey, a common cause of flappers in my case where the callus catches a hold and rips the skin.
Sypeland Balm is made using all natural ingredients, and made for climbers with input from experienced herbalists. The results of which are a balm packed full of healing goodness such as; Marigold oil, Comfrey oil, Tea Tree oil, St Johns Wort, Lavender oil, Myrrh oil and Clove oil. The Clove and Myrrh oil most likely lending a lot to the smell of the balm.
I’ve been applying a small dab of the balm after my climbing, only a finger tip full will cover both my palms. Since this comes in a 60ml tub I could estimate that this tub will last you at least a few months depending on your climbing regime.
At just under £13 this is one of the more expensive tubs with other manufacturers opting to provide smaller half size versions for between £6 – £8 pounds. This still makes Sypeland Climbers Balm well worth the money due to the amount you get and the time it has lasted me. The tub I have still looks pretty full and it has been shared out between the UNDO crew.
At the end of the day the Sypeland Balm does what it says on the tub. Although more suited to post climb application it keeps the rawness of rock rash at bay and sets you up nicely for the following day, and it smells amazing. You can get the balm direct from Sypeland at their website and while you are there you can follow their blog.