Giddy Product Review & HUGE Climbing Prize Package Giveaway!

I received complimentary products for this review. All opinions are my own.

When I first started bouldering, I had a major issue with my skin. The skin on my hands was delicate, I was climbing at an extremely high rate for a beginner (around five days a week) and my hands just would not develop callouses quickly enough to make bouldering comfortable for me. I almost had to quit bouldering.

I quickly found a skincare solution that helped condition my callouses, kept my skin smooth and helped developed strong, flat callouses I could climb on without pain. For two years, I used a pumice stone and followed it with one of the few wax-based climbing balms on the market.  I kept having friends tell me to try Giddy's hand balm, saying it was so much better than the brand I was using, but I was totally afraid to switch.

Until about a month ago, when I partnered with Giddy and received their products for this review.

First, I would like to say that Giddy's customer service is awesome. The guys are super down-to-earth climbers that love and believe in their products, and are quick to respond and friendly. I have loved working with them and highly recommend them if you're looking for skin care and/or apparel products (their website can be found here).

Hand Balm & All-Natural Healing Salve

I have been using Giddy's hand salve for about a month. It varies from its biggest competitor in that it is not oily or greasy, at all. It is a very dry product, much more indicative of a pure wax rather than a wax mixed with oils. Some people really, really hate the oiliness of Giddy's competitor, so if that is something that drives you nuts, this is the product for you.

The balm comes in several different scents (cooling mint, cedar mint, lavender, and sweet orange), which is pretty awesome. My personal favorite so far is the orange, but I would be willing to bet that the cooling mint feels pretty amazing after a hard day of outdoor climbing when your skin is totally wrecked (I plan to test this theory later this month)! It is made of almost entirely organic ingredients, and is an all-natural product.

Overall, I LOVE this product. It works awesome on my torn-up, gym-bouldering skin, and it smells amazing. I plan to keep using it for the foreseeable future in place of the salve that I use now.

 Joint & Tendon Balm

An interesting departure from its competitor, Giddy also makes a Joint & Tendon Balm (again, an all-natural, almost entirely organic product). It is a salve that is made specifically for massaging into tender areas where climbers are experiencing pain, stiffness or tenderness from joint or tendon issues.

It smells great and has a cooling sensation on the skin. I suffer from some swelling and stiffness in the joints of my fingers (though thankfully, no actual tendon injuries yet, knock on wood) and this stuff feels great on those days when I have tried super-hard and my joints have paid the price. It's made with several organic oils that create a cooling sensation and help calm the joint (like an ice pack would), including menthol, peppermint and eucalyptus. This product is unique in the industry (from what I can see), and I highly recommend climbers give it a try if they are looking for something for agitated joints or tendons.

All-Natural Lip Balm

Okay, guys. I am seriously in love with Giddy's lip balm (again, an all-natural, almost entirely organic product). I am a lifelong user of mainstream lip balm brands, but I have been converted. Giddy's lip balm comes in several scents (like the Hand Balm does), including spearmint, peppermint, sweet orange, and lavender. It feels so awesome going on, and lasts FOR. EH. VER. It's a smooth waxy consistency, and not slippery or slimy at all. It feels like it is really healing and protecting your lips, rather than just going on and sitting on like many of the mainstream lip balm brands do (and did I mention, it smells awesome?? I again love the orange).

Bottom line, I would recommend all of Giddy's products to my climbing partners. Particularly if you are using one of Giddy's competitors in the hand salve market and are not 100% satisfied with it (or, if you are having issues with flappers or peeling skin), I strongly recommend you give their hand balm a try.

Go check out their website and social media pages, and all the awesome stuff they have to offer!



Today through October 2nd, I am hosting a giveaway of not only Giddy's spectacular products, but also products from Friction Labs, and the Etsy stores Crimp Chimps, CrimpMe, and The Climber Shop.  The total prize package value is over $180! Click the link below to enter - you can come back every day and do additional, daily entries to increase your odds of winning!


  1. Giddy joint and tendon balm seems cool!

  2. I have never been to a climbing gym, but I think it would be really fun!! Fun giveaway :)


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