It is not often that I would deem a requirement ‘essential’, but looking after your hands is one of them. To anyone in the fitness business, the hands take a tough beating. A slight rip and it’s time away from the pull up bar, barbell, dumbbell and kettlebells. It’s therefore absolutely essential that the hands are maintained well. For some, this means a pumice scrub to the calluses every day, for others it means regularly physically shaving them off with a sharp blade. I admit that I’ve been doing both for a long time now.
It was at Primal Games (CrossFit Plymouth) earlier this year that I came across RX Wax. Bars of olive oil, comfrey and beeswax. I was going to buy some but then forgot all about it, and spent the following week shaving calluses off and smoothing my hands with a rock!
Cheekily then, I asked for a bar to review and sure enough, over it came.
Up front, I really like it. I’ve been using it for 2 weeks of regular CrossFit (tonnes of chalk, barbells, pull ups, etc) and I haven’t developed a new set of calluses. I’m sure I will over time but so far its smooooth hands for me.
It being a wax, I was expecting some sticky/tacky feeling on applying it. Nothing of the sort. It’s a solid bar but quickly softens on application – remember to store it out of the sun! As a natural oil, it also absorbs quickly, not leaving any greasy residue. While I wouldn’t advise applying it within 30 minutes of an impending workout, anything longer than that is fine and definitely straight after the post-workout shower.
It contains “comfrey for healing”, which I can’t comment too much on yet. Because my hands haven’t ripped, I haven’t been able to test any healing properties but if nothing else, the excellent moisturising properties will help healing anyway. If my hands get damaged, I will edit this blog post to assess healing.
Let’s face it, it doesn’t matter how good it is if your hands smell terrible. Personally, I think this bar smells great. Hard it put in to words, I find the smell, “warm and comforting”, if that’s even possible.
I’ve used the bar once, every other day, for 16 days so far. I’m still not even a 1/4 through it, although I’ve not measured it too precisely; it’s definitely not more than that though.
It needs to be mentioned that RX Wax is homemade. This means a lot to me. In the words of the owner, “Yes! I buy wax from smallholders, grow herbs in my garden and combine it all.” Natural, independent, made with care and attention. She’s also a CrossFitter and really understands the needs of those she trains with. Big thumbs up.
I’m impressed. Perhaps I should have just moisturised my hands, and other products would be just as good, I don’t know. I’ve not been much of a moisturising guy but seeing as this is called “RX Wax”, I think is more sporty than manscaping. However, I’ll be sticking with this for a long time to come as it works, is pleasant and long-lasting.
This product was sent to me free of charge for review. At the time of writing, I do not receive any endorsements or benefits from this review. It is all my own work.