Summer Embrocation


Summer Embrocation is rated 4.266666666666667 out of 5 by 15.
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Embrocation for milder riding conditions. With a fragrance inspired by the plants and herbs of Mont Ventoux, the embrocation also includes mica for a radiant sheen.

Summer Embrocation€25.00

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Mild and soothing summer cycling embrocation

Rapha Summer Embrocation is an emollient balm that combines capsicum, arnica and wintergreen with menthol. This is mixed with a complex blend of seed oils including sweet almond, sunflower, Abyssinian, olive, wheatgerm, grape, canola and rosehip. There is also shea butter, vitamin E, pomegranate sterols and beeswax.

Ingredients include:

  • Atlas Cedar – a mild astringent reputedly good for relieving stress and tension.
  • Lavender – a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory used to help ease aches and pains.
  • Pine needle – reputed to ease rheumatism and respiratory complaints.
  • Rosemary – characteristic Mediterranean aroma and general tonic to stimulate the senses.
  • Juniper Berry – a centuries-old boost the immune system.
  • Lemon – refreshing citrus is naturally anti-bacterial.
  • Cypress – aromatic conifer rumoured to have anti-rheumatic properties.
  • Patchouli – anti-inflammatory often used to treat skin conditions.
  • Cistus – produces a soothing, aromatic resin.

Please note: Also contains a mineral bronze mica for a radiant sheen. Will not stain the skin but will stain white socks.


"The texture is ultra premium with the look and feel of liquid silk. It also has a concentrated quality about it. I found that a little went a long, long way here…"

N.B. Our products have not been tested on animals.


  • Juniper Berry
  • Cypress properties.
  • Cistus
  • Pine needle
  • Lavender
  • Rosemary
  • Patchouli


  • For external use only.
  • Avoid contact with eyes.
  • If product gets into eyes stop riding. Rinse eyes immediately with water.

150ml of cream in cylindrical tin (boxed).

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Part of my "must have" list This was the first embrocation I'd used since I was 16 and was pretty skeptical. Having used it for awhile now, I'm a convert. Smells good, goes on easy and provides comfortable weather protection in cool morning starts without leaving your legs feeling on fire in the warm/hot afternoons. Be cautious using this around white / light coloured clothing as it will stain them. Also be aware that dust and dirt sticks to your legs more easily with this, though a quick wipe down at the cafe takes care of that if it bothers you.
Date published: 2016-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Summer Embrocation I used Rapha Summer Embrocation whilst riding in Spain my long days in the saddle usually consisted of cool early morning starts through to sweltering 40 degree mountain top finishes. Rapha Embrocation helped me feel fresh and comfortable even on my hardest days in the saddle.
Date published: 2015-09-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beware of stains I am sure this is a good embrocation but it ruins any light coloured clothing it contacts. The straps on bib shorts? Beware. White socks? Forget it. Approach with caution.
Date published: 2015-09-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not What I Expected This doesn't have any effect on my legs other than attracting dirt. I know it's not a winter embrocation, but still though it would have some sort of warming or soothing feeling. there is a warning about it staining things, but it really is bad for it! Also, I think Rapha needs to either add UV protection/SPF or make it much clearer that it has none as it is potentially dangerous to put an oil based product on your skin then ride in the sun.
Date published: 2016-06-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from like lipstick on your legs As much as I love the winter embryo, this is a disappointment. I was hoping the product to add some comfort to the 10/12C° ride. In fact the warm up is inexistent/ super weak, the stuff will stain your kit and it won´t allow sweat to evaporate, causing an extra chill in the descent. The stuff went to the bin.
Date published: 2016-04-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from excellent product Ideal product that provides warmth to the legs and a slight shine for those who want to look a little pro!!! Rapha rightly warn you about the potential to discolour socks but I also think it's worth while noting that a little go's a long way......
Date published: 2015-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent. Been using this for the last 2 years and couldn't think to ride without it. My tired legs feel better after applying and a little goes a long way. Also smells great and although expensive, for me it's an essential part of my pre ride preparation.
Date published: 2016-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great features ! I had bought this Rapha product in Summer at first during Tour de France 2015 and it helps me to keep my legs OK, especially during very hot and very sunny days. So I decided to buy another one for this year season.
Date published: 2016-01-30
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How do we use this? Apply to our legs before riding? For example if we are going to ride in the late morning, do we use this?

Asked by: kennyleow
Hi, you apply this shortly before you head out for your ride. You can use the Summer Embrocation at any time of day.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-09-15

How does this work in regards to sunscreen? I usually use an oil based sunscreen with a high factor to stop burning on hot days. Will this protect me like sunscreen?

Asked by: Paddy Wagon
Hi, this will not protect like a sunscreen, if does not contain any SPF. We recommend applying a sunscreen with a high SPF to avoid skin damage.
Answered by: Rapha_AW
Date published: 2016-08-25
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