This Thigh-Chafe Stick Just Saved Summer
06.20.17

Anyone who enjoys “long walks on the beach” either has a thigh gap or is a liar. Chub rub — the burning sensation caused by relentless, sweaty, skin-to-skin friction — ruins any sort of summer walking for me. When chub rub hits, you have two options: walk with your legs bowed and jaw clamped like a cowboy who just stubbed his toe in church and is trying not to curse, or sit down and stay there. Forever.

The internet has a few general “HACKS” for this problem, like wearing shorts that go down to your knee or slathering your thighs in Vaseline. Neither are viable options. You may recall the opening montage in Diablo Cody’s Juno when Michael Cera’s character slides deodorant up and down his sinewy gams. This was ostensibly to avoid “runners rash,” but was more of a visual gag given his jointed pencil sticks. (God bless him.) It seemed like a good idea, so I tried it (didn’t really work). The shelves of CVS carry other options, but the packaging is ugly and the target demographic tends to be balls.

Katie Sturino of The 12ish Style is a fellow experiencer of unsolicited thigh exfoliation. For the past year, Katie, her sister Jenny Sturino and friend Kate McPherson have been working on a line of products called Megababe. Megababe’s whole thing is about creating beauty-adjacent products that women need but either don’t know exist or feel ashamed to buy, like underboob sweat spray (coming soon!!). The first item available for sale is a thigh-chafe stick and, as you might have gleaned, I tried it and can no longer live my life without it.

My commute to work is exactly 30 minutes. Each morning I applied the thigh-chafe stick as part of my daily ritual, then braced myself for the pain ahead; by the time I reached the office I’d realize I’d forgotten about it. This is unheard of. It was remarkable. I wonder if this is what they call happiness.

I found that the stick, while effective, wasn’t an all-day thing, so I took to packing it in my purse and reapplying in the evening before walking home again. It smells really good, so no big. I do the same thing with my deodorant. I also appreciate fact that the bottle looks like a ’70s roller skate team tee.

One more perk, which was unexpected but appreciated: I forgot to pack makeup primer for a weekend-away wedding. As I began to perspire, fresh out of the shower, just from the gentle act of bending over to swipe my thighs with Megababe, I realized I was going to sweat my foundation off on the dance floor. I looked at the thigh-chafe stick and had an epiphany, because forever ago, a friend told me that a makeup artist told her that to avoid shine you — in an emergency — can swipe deodorant on your T-zone before applying. (This was before highlighter was so trendy.) So whatever, I swiped my thigh-chafe stick across my face a few times, then applied foundation. It worked better than any primer I’ve ever had in my arsenal and didn’t cause me to break out, either. I wouldn’t do this as a regular thing, but some thrills are worth the risky adventure.

Which is why tomorrow, against all odds, I have a long, strenuous, pants-free walk on the beach planned.

Photos by Edith Young

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  • Mallory

    Bodyglide is also amazing for chub rub!! The first time I went to Europe it was in late June and I didn’t even consider the horrors of walking through hot cities for hours and what it would do to my thighs. I spent the whole trip in pain with bleeding rashes on both thighs. The second time I went was in July, and before I left I picked up two sticks of body glide at target. No pain the entire trip, even in 97 degree Rome! I only had to reapply maybe once a day and I only went through one stick during the two weeks I was there, it’s a miracle!

    • Amelia Diamond

      is it only at target??

      • h

        no, you can buy it wherever. it’s sometimes hard to find in b&m drugstores but you can also get it on amazon or drugstore.com or whatever.

    • h

      yeah, it looks like this is basically the exact same as bodyglide, just more expensive :-p

      • Nicole

        Body Glide does the classic “pink it and shrink it”, the For Her product is smaller in weight than Megababe and the cost per ounce is actually higher for Body Glide!! For me, MEGABABE all the way!!! By ladies for ladies!!

    • kforkarli

      Agreed! I currently use it (in QLD, Australia where it is currently as cool in our winter as it is ‘hot’ for those currently experience the London ‘heatwave’) every morning. A+ stuff

    • Krusty the Kat

      Came here to say this. Bodyglide comes in a deodorant-sized (less-cute) package and sells on amazon and in most running stores. I got turned on to it by my cross country teammates.

  • Kate

    OMGG, ordering!!! Walked 20+ blocks to work today and my thighs kill. Can’t stand the red bumps and irritation. Love this packaging, too.

    • Amelia Diamond

      i’m a sucker for packaging

  • grace

    also, i wear under armour under with just about any/all dresses/skirts from may to september.

    • Amelia Diamond

      like shorts??

      • Meg S

        I wear slip shorts. They’re made in a variety of fabrics and colors. Another solution is bandalettes that are elastic lace thigh bands, but I’ve never used those. If you have them, bike shorts work too.

        • Emily

          where do you get these from please?? i neeeeeeed!!

          • Meg S

            Amazon has slip shorts and bandalettes. That’s where I usually get mine, but any lingerie department/shop should carry at least one of the two.

          • Emily

            Thank you!

      • Jeanie

        Fun fact, most girls in Taiwan do this for modesty.

  • Deodorant works too!

    • Amelia Diamond

      just like in Juno!!

  • Kaylan Waterman

    JUST. SAVED. MY. SUMMERRRR.

  • Kaylan Waterman

    Also: “Anyone who enjoys “long walks on the beach” either has a thigh gap or is a liar” is the best and truest sentence I have read in an AGE. OWN UP TO THE CHUB RUB!!!

    • Haley Nahman

      it really is the best sentence

    • Alice

      The trick is doing them with your body half under water, at least for me.

  • Hayley

    Ordered!

  • I once got thin enough that I developed a thigh gap and I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t wonderful. To walk without feeling your thighs rub is just so much more comfortable. Maybe I need this. Then I could have my cake and eat it too, if you will.

    • Alison

      Cake over thigh gap — all day, everyday.

      • Kaylan Waterman

        A.MEN. ALISON!
        a million gold stars for this mantra that I am adopting effective immediately.

    • TinySoprano

      Also standing in the wind with a thigh gap in winter is certifiably horrible because you have to do this weird cross legged stance to avoid vagina frostbite. Cake over frostbite all the way!

      • idk both vagina frostbite and chub rub sound equally painful to me!

  • Stephanie

    “ugly and the target demographic tends to be balls” — greatest thing I have read all day.

  • Alice

    I either wear shorts or use Lush’s Silky Underwear. The problem with the second is that while I don’t chafe I still feel my legs rubbing together and getting sweaty, so I use it when I’m not walking a lot.

    I ordered some bandelettes and I can’t wait to have them, since the shorts make me overheat a bit.

    PS: You don’t need special deodorant for under your boobs. I use my regular antiperspirant.

  • Diana C.

    I chafed horribly back when I ran cross country in high school. Proof that you can be in shape and healthy and still have your thighs rub together like a normal frickin’ human being. Needed this then and will use it now!

  • Jeanie

    I’m excited for this! I like the appearance of no-thigh-gap, but it sure doesn’t feel so nice in the summer.

  • Marley Arviso

    I do not experience thigh chafing but holy hell do I have a lot of underboob sweat, which more often than not shows up on my shirts if they are any color other than white or black 🙁 I was just talking to my mom on the phone about it actually lolol. I just pre-ordered the Bust Dust, I am so excited to try it!!!

  • Abby

    There is a product called “Glide” that does the same thing! And comes in a blue and white, non-offensive package. A summer running must. It’s unscented.

    • Abby

      But it looks like Megababe is actually cheaper ounce for ounce! Will try!

  • Htr

    Buyer beware – MegaBabe has some customer service, billing, and shipping issues. They had an average of one star on their Facebook reviews. Rather than address the concerns or improve their processes, they took off the reviews tab so customers couldn’t see them. Says a lot about the company, eh?