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Winter Embrocation


Winter Embrocation is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 23.
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A highly effective cycling embrocation for cold conditions. Rapha Embrocation has a fragrance inspired by the plants and herbs of Mont Ventoux and is made from three warming agents, winter green, capsicum and vanilla. The embrocation provides up to six hours protection.

Winter Embrocation$30.00

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Embro for cold racing conditions

Applying embrocation is one of the great rituals of riding. In recent years, it has enjoyed a renaissance thanks to its popularity on the American cyclocross circuit and Rapha Embrocation is used by Jeremy Powers, the 2014 US national cyclocross champion.

Rapha Embrocation is a highly effective winter embrocation for riding in cold conditions. It is made from three organic ingredients: winter green, capsicum, and vanilla. The embrocation is also rich in arnica. The embrocation contains a complex blend of essential oils, as well as shea butter, vitamin E and beeswax.

Rapha skincare products are made from the aromatic plants and herbs found on the Giant of Provence, used in local concoctions for hundreds of years. Their scents will be familiar to any rider that has made the pilgrimage to Mont Ventoux.

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: The quantity supplied is 150ml as per the product specification although please be aware that this may not completely fill the packaging tin supplied.

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


  • Atlas Cedar
  • Lavender
  • Pine needle
  • Rosemary
  • Juniper Berry
  • Lemon
  • Cypress
  • Patchouli
  • Cistus


  • 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 Great embrocation with a vintage tint I've used this product on mildly cold days (>8C, 14C) when I don't want to use knee or leg warmers and it really keeps you at a nice temperature, not cold or chilly but also not very warm. I really like the product since I don't have the need to use extra layers. Plus, its pine-forestry smell gives an extra vintage flavour. The cream last long (>5hrs) and gets away with a good soapy rinse.
Date published: 2017-04-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A return back to the 80's I bought this after someone gave me a small test pot, fantastic stuff only need a touch and works throughout the ride until cleaned off, i use on the ache when not riding the bike
Date published: 2016-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from effective warm up rub. Good consistency, spreads well, nice tingle factor. Can't wait for winter.
Date published: 2016-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It does work It works so well, that you should avoid in cold sunny days. I'd save it for cloudy days, with temperature between 10 and 18C
Date published: 2016-07-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice and extremly warm A very Nice cream, With excellent warming function. Longlasting.
Date published: 2016-04-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very, very warm sensation that lasts for hours! This embrocation cream is the very best I've ever used! I've tried many but this is amazing. It's a little slow to react once applied, but give it ten minutes and it warms you like nothing else! It will also last for hours so ideal forking morning winter rides. Just be careful where you put it!! Keep away from sensitive areas? Lol Tintinhull recommend and will stick to this one now
Date published: 2016-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A little bit goes a long way!! This is an incredible product! The smell is like using aromatherapy, and when the sweat starts to roll, it heats up quickly. I use a little bit on my lower back, and it gets very, very warm. It's great on extremely cold days.
Date published: 2016-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious! I bought the travel set for my husband for Christmas - he loves Rapha products. HIs post Christmas ride preparation was a little rushed and without his glasses he slathered on the Chamois cream........only to find it was the Embrocation. Literally the funniest Christmas moment ever!
Date published: 2015-12-30
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Can this product be used under clothes or is it just for exposed skin?

Asked by: Keithmac69
Hi, this product can be used under clothes but it is designed to keep exposed skin warm in cold conditions. It is not designed for use in any delicate areas.
Answered by: Rapha_CD
Date published: 2016-10-31

Is this water or oil based?  What color is the product on skin? Will it stain clothing?  How long does it stay on the skin?  Is it easy to remove from skin?

Asked by: Deacon13
Hi, the winter embrocation is oil based, when applied to the skin it is colorless. The embrocation should not stain garments but some articles of clothing may well be more delicate so an element of caution is suggested when applying. Simple soap and water is enough to remove from the skin.
Answered by: Rapha_MJ
Date published: 2016-01-28
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