How Hot is Pepper Spray?

A word about pepper spray effectiveness:

As you know, there are many self-defense sprays on the market today. Pick up a few packages, and you will see that their effectiveness is advertised and presented in a few different ways. Of course, common sense tells us that what really matters most is “how hot is the pepper spray that hits the attacker?” In marketing the effectiveness of their pepper spray products, some manufacturers stress the amount of OC (Oleoresin Capsicum shown as a percentage) in their spray. Others stress the SHU (Scoville Heat Unit) value of the OC contained within the spray, or they use a combination of the two. We believe that neither method is a completely true and accurate measurement of effectiveness.

This is why:

The OC percentage is, simply put, the percentage of OC contained within the defense sprays formulation. A spray that advertises a “10% OC” content simply contains 10% OC (active ingredient), and 90% inactive ingredients. What this percentage does not tell you, however, is the potency, or “hotness,” AFTER it is blended with its inactive ingredients. Stressing the SHU (Scoville Heat Unit) value, or “potency,” of the OC is another measure used by manufacturers. This value is simply the strength of the OC before it is diluted in the remainder of the solution. Sure, the OC in a spray may come from peppers with a 2,000,000 SHU value, but what percentage of the final formula actually contains OC?

Bottom Line?

Neither the OC percentage nor the SHU rating are accurate measurements of the strength of the formula inside a can of pepper spray! Simple math would tell you that a 10% OC formula manufactured from a 2,000,000 SHU strength OC should yield a spray with a 200,000 SHU. Unfortunately, chemistry is not that simple of a science. While advertising the simple math is not necessarily an outright lie, it is very misleading. The only true and accurate way to measure a spray’s potency is to measure it AFTER it leaves the nozzle. This is why our producer had other sprays independently tested and rated on how they perform when they leave the can, not on what the base formulation is before it is blended with other ingredients. That is why most of our pepper sprays advertises the actual “Nozzle SHU” of their defense spray – the strength of the spray after it leaves the nozzle. We also evaluated an independent lab test of the formulas of the competing sprays. Compared with what these other brands advertise, the results are surprising! We guarantee the strength of the spray when it leaves the can! We may just be your only self defense company that fully guarantees its OC spray heat rating. We realize that the safety of their friends and family were at stake with many of the other products. That is why we distribute a line of new defense spray formulations that you, your friends and your family could depend on at any time. We are so confident in the effectiveness of our spray formulas, that we actually guarantee it, 100%.

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