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Item # MAA0009

Russian Tea Warming Embrocation

Unscrew the cap. Take a whiff. Close your eyes. Gently breathe in. You'll get it -- a citrus bouquet, cinnamon and clove hanging out just underneath. The scents recall winter warmth and comfort, with a hint of freshness. This is the secret of Mad Alchemy's Russian Tea Warming Embrocation. It's strong, safe, and energizing.

For the master alchemist, this aroma takes him back to winter holidays with his mother-in-law. It's cold outside, but the house is warm. The Russian Tea is there for comfort. This is his go-to rub on race day. The scent helps him relax and focus on the task ahead.

This tub comes out whenever embro' is called for, which is pretty much all the time. Cool mornings, cold afternoons, road racing, cyclocross, you name it. A number is pinned on, then the Russian Tea Warming Embrocation is pulled from the gear bag.

In terms of heat, it's a medium rub with an equal percentage of capsicum annuum as the Medium packs. It doesn't pack a punch or a wallop; it's just right.

The ingredient list pretty much matches the Mad Alchemy Medium save for the line-up of essential oils. They're a bit different to provide a different scent for a different sensation. You'll find grapeseed and rapeseed oils with some shea butter and unbleached beeswax mixed in for the smooth texture. The warmth comes from the inclusion of capsicum annuum, and the aforementioned mix of essential oils gives it a scent that's comforting yet gets you ready for action.

  • An embro cream for cycling in cold temperatures
  • Scent evokes cozy comfort on winter rides
  • Mad Alchemy is proudly based in the US
  • We recommend using gloves or thoroughly washing hands after application

Tech Specs
Volume4 oz
Ingredientsessential oils, beeswax, grapeseed, soybean oil
Recommended Usecycling
Manufacturer Warrantyunlimited lifetime

What do you think about this product?


>Rating: 2

Love the smell, but no heat

I've used it several times

I have used other Mad Alchemy products and liked them. When I needed embro, the brand was recommended to me so I went with it. I love how it smells - brings me back to my teenage years and mixing Tang with iced tea mix and spices for "Russian Tea." It applies well, though I swear there are pieces of orange peel in it, so it is not smooth. As for heat - I get none from this product. Zero! I have sensitive skin, so before I used it, I worried (needlessly) I would blister from it. Based on my experience with the product, I do not recommend it.

>Rating: 3

Keeps the legs warm.

I've used it several times
5` 6"
175 lbs

First time I've used embrocation creams so I listened to all the comments on being careful with this stuff. It does work well at keeping my legs warm, a little bit does go a long ways so do be careful. It takes me about 30-45 minutes from the time I put it on until I start my ride as I haul my bike out to the country in my truck. I feel it as I unload the bike and get ready for my ride. I also used dish soap as was mentioned in a comment and it works well at removing this. I think this will keep me riding more this winter, I would recommend this product.

>Rating: 4

Love the smell!!

I've put it through the wringer

Smells REALLY good. Goes on very easy. Still having a little trouble on my end determining how long to apply before riding. Does seem to kick up a notch once you start sweating. The heat is right at the threshold of being "toasty" and "too warm". In other words "just right". Word of advice, use dishwashing soap or rubbing alcohol to wipe/clean it off BEFORE showering or you could be in a world of hurt.

>Rating: 4

50% excellent, 50% funky.

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

New to the world of embrocation creams, I bought Mad Alchemy's Russian Tea Warming Embro and I'm glad I did. It's has perfect heat for those 40-55 degree days, activates after 30 minutes of application, and lasts approx. 1.5 hours. The fragrance is a little funky but isn't a deal-breaker by any means. Oh, and the consistency is a little weird - I expected it to be akin to a lotion but instead its like a super oily wax candle. Oh and be careful when using this stuff. It gets everywhere.. all around.. in every nook and cranny. and sometimes it gets places you weren't intending and hurts like hell.

>Rating: 5

I like it a lot...

I've used it several times

Same heat as the medium M.A. embro I've used for years. Smells the same, but yet just a little different. I little clove scent, and maybe a little black tea smell. Same high quality embro from M.A. as one would expect. Peter has it figured. Just buy the best... Pro-tip : Latex gloves. Thank me later.

>Rating: 5


I've put it through the wringer

This is a great embro, does seem to take about 45 minutes to get going but man you can tell when it does! Super warm and I enjoy the scent.

>Rating: 4

Russian tea or Russian truckdriver scent

I've put it through the wringer

There is no doubt in my mind that this embro cream is made for cold weather. Cool? HAH! If you like your legs feeling like two pieces of bacon under a heat lamp. Great quality, but I thought I smelled more like a Russian truck driver than Russian tea.

HAHAHAHAH ! ;) Best reviews ever - totally awesome ;) !! Still laughing... :)

>Rating: 5

Great for cooler weather

I've put it through the wringer

I agree with the guys below (Not the guy that doesn't like it). This is a cooler weather embro. Good for low 40's to 30's. I've noticed that some people's skin reacts differently to this than others. For me, the MED blend is HOT! Give it a try, made in America!

Made right here outside of Denver, Colorado. Buy some from CC and then go to Mad Alchemy's website and buy yourself some more as gifts. Spread the heat and the love.

>Rating: 5

Russian Tea is great

Great embro, I love Mad A products. This is a medium but a little goes a long way, so to speak. Do not over due it, or it will burn, but everyone's legs are different. I've noticed it took about 45 min to really kick in and get active. Perfect for fall/spring riding.

Big time cross racer and I use this stuff when the weather dips into the 30's. In the 40-50's I'll use a mild embro. Love Mad Alchemy products so grab a container of this stuff, you wont be disappointed.