The Best Pain Relief Sprays 2018 (So Far We’ve Found)

By Walter J. Farrell | LIVING

Consuming over 100 hours for evaluation and hands-on testing, Stopain Regular Strength Pain Relief Spray, 8 Ounce, Mess Free and Easy, Temporarily Relieves Muscle and Joint Pain Due to Simple Backache, Arthritis, Strains, Bruises and Sprain emerges as the top pick from the review. Giving rapid cooling and soothing to sore muscles bruises and strains from many others, you can feel its effects seconds after. It has a short-lasting minty odor making it also suited for different kinds of users.

Do you love doing strenuous activities?

Do you love the outdoors?

Do you love to cook?

All these activities come with the danger of exhausting muscles, bites and scrapes and burns.

While water is a good choice to clean out the affected area, there are natural ingredients that can provide more relief, comfort, and soothness from these incidents.

These natural ingredients often come in cans of spray having solution to treat aches, burns, bites, and scrapes.

Like you, I also love physical activities, going on outdoor adventures and having exciting gastronomic experiences. I could not even count the times that I have to treat myself from all these burns and aches.

I’m pretty sure you understand how these things work!

You may ended-up here looking for some means to help you enjoy your activities more.

Now, to save you time from having to look through different vendors and compare its features. I have listed down the top five pain relief spray today and put them into a test to determine which is the best.

Shall we begin?

Best Pain Relief Spray

Pain Relief SprayVolumeMenthol PercentageApplication Frequency
Stopain Regular Strength Pain Relief Spray8 oz0.08Up to 4 times a day
Bio Freeze Cold Therapy Pain Relief4 oz0.1053 to 4 times daily
J.R. Watkins Natural Pain Relieving Liniment Spray4 oz0.0253 to 4 times daily
Salonpas Pain Relieving Jet Spray4 oz0.033 to 4 times daily
Dermoplast Pain Relieving Spray2.75 oz0.0053 to 4 times daily

How do they work?

Across history, ancient medicine experts were very creative with pain relieving that some are just what we consider crazy. From acupuncture to alcohol and plant-based medicines, pain relief spray stems from these practices-- it is not something new.

It still uses a combination of plants and their healing powers to relieve pain. However, it is also distinct (and less terrifying) at the same due to its external application (spray) and will not require alarming acts like the use of needles.

You simply have to spray the nozzle on to the affected area and wait for a few minutes to for the moisture to seep through the skin. Its ingredients allow the medication of more than just pain, but also of inflammation, allergies and, viral infections. 


​Buyer’s Guide

Who can use?

Pain relief sprays are not treatments are limited to specific kinds of persons. In fact, it is recommendable to have them in your first aid kits.

As I have mentioned above, these treatment solutions provide varied benefits and not just to relieve pain. These are useful at homes, in schools and offices among others in cases of emergencies.

So, whether you are a parent, student, medical providers, athlete (or even a child) can make use of it. 

Advantage and Disadvantages

Its emphasized that pain relief spray can be useful to any of you. Here are the some of the benefits you can get from it:

  • It is easy to use without complicated machines or operations.
  • It gives immediate and fast relief action due to its spray method and direct contact.
  • It promotes natural healing through the use of natural healing ingredients.
  • It is comparatively safer than oral pain relievers as it has less contact with the digestive system. 

Buying guide

Before we dive into our product review, our research has helped us identify buying criteria to help us (and you) weigh which is most suitable:

1. Penetration time

After applying the solution on the affected area, it will take some time for the moisture to seep through your skin. It will be the determinant of the immediacy of relieving the pain. In effect, you might want to consider using a spray that has fast action on top of its ability to minimize discomfort.

2. Menthol percentage

According to Harvard Health, menthol is a quite a safe ingredient, wherein it activates neuronal receptors to create a cooling effect. Therefore, it helps in reducing pain and inflammation. However, there are also instances that too much of these elements can cause a harmful flood in bloodstreams.

The key here is to know your body’s reaction to these elements and decide your level of tolerance. You also have to balance it with the effectiveness of the spray.

3. Odor

Most of the pain relief spray we have found has a minty and soothing odor. Some were mild and the others strong. Depending on your preference, you need also might need to consider the odor or scent of the spray, whether it’s too much or bearable or if it stays too long.

4. Age requirement

Each of the sprays has a warning as to its suitability to specific age groups. Some of the products we have found can be applied to children as young as two years old or have to be 12 years older. You also have to consider who might use the product be it at home, in schools or offices.

Age, however, is only one requirement. You might also have to check skin irritability and allergies among few others.


​How We Assessed & Evaluated These Pain Relief Sprays

Our evaluation of pain relief sprays no matter how ‘uncomplicated’ has been a big challenge. By merely looking at the features and benefits most of these products promises almost the same thing. Not to mention, there are also several of them in the market, in which we initially have a list of 20 products.

Our evaluation started with online research by reading through online materials from product websites and consumer forums like Quora to begin our search. This is where we had difficulty because there are so many selections from different brands.

So, we further expand our research through crowdsourced opinion and third-party interviews with vendors, friends, and family to narrow down our online data. It has helped us come up with top five products, which we put into hands-on testing.

Our hands-on testing is another challenging activity because we want to get testers who are experiencing pain or those exposed to strenuous activities. Thus, we gathered different testers who are already or constant users of pain relief spray to do the testing.

We gave each of them one day to test the product from its effectivity, odor, safety and other observations they have from the testing. From this, we deliberated and chose which of this are top ranking. 


​Top 5 Pain Relief Spray Product Reviews

Stopain is among household brands since the 1990s and has been in over 30,000 retailers of pain relief solutions. Among its solid portfolio is the Stopain Regular Strength Pain Relief Spray, 8 Ounce, Mess Free and Easy, Temporarily Relieves Muscle and Joint Pain Due to Simple Backache, Arthritis, Strains, Bruises and Sprain, which provides immediate relief for ailments as muscle pain, arthritis, bruises, and sprains. This is a brand that some of our testers know and have also used.

The first thing that you might observe from this product is the odor. According to its description, it has a light odor or minty scent. But, there are testers who said that such scent is too strong for them, especially the first users. They, however, agree that the strong scent lasts for a few minutes during the first spray.

What they like about the product is that the relief comes fast after the spray has settled. Thus, the pain subsides, and they were able to relax and helping them sleep immediately. It may be due to the 8% menthol ingredient, in which the testers can feel the ‘high’ cooling effect of the spray.

They also checked the direction providing that it can be used for children aging two years old and above with application not more than 3 or 4 times in a day. Since it is children safe, parents and their kids can make use of it. Our testers deemed that you still have to be cautious when it comes to children having sensitive skin.

There are reports of broken nozzle and liquid not coming out. It was not the case during the testing. Although, at first try, the nozzle seems to be difficult to press. 

What We Liked

  • Can relieve pain
  • Good for several ailments
  • Scent disappears fast
  • Applicable to young children

What We Didn't Like

  • Hard to operate nozzle

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This equipment can be placed outside of the tank of the toilet, which is compatible with most of the standard lever flush toilets. Thus, our testers believe that it can be used with most of the homes. It is still vital that you check your own toilet to check its suitability.

As to the installation, our testers (even the first timers) found it easy to work on it. It took them a few minutes to figure out what goes with where and how to place the parts accurately. However, compared to the other equipment this has relatively easier.

The sensor location of the FlushMinder Automatic Dual-Flush System DIY Complete Kit should be facing the user to activate the dual flush systems. There is no need to wave hands to flush because it uses the user’s presence even while using for it to function. It can be suspended on top of the tank or lever.

There are issues with the wire connecting the sensor and its mechanical system. Some users think that it is too short to have liberty in hanging. Other testers feel that it is enough because it has a dual flush detecting the user’s presence while in use and after.

According to the testing, the sensitivity of the sensor is good and well-working for the first half and second full-flush. But, there are testers who believes that double (1-½) can be a waste of water.

The battery of this equipment is said to provide as many as 10,000 flushes. 

What We Liked

  • Compatible with most home toilets
  • Easy installation
  • No hand-waving

What We Didn't Like

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The origins of the J.R. Watkins Natural Pain Relieving Liniment Spray, 4 Fluid Ounce is older than Salonpas Pain Relieving Jet Spray and Stopain Regular Strength Pain Relief Spray that has been around since the 1800s. A liniment meant for hardworking women to give comfort from aching bodies.

This pain relief spray is unique as it combines liniment and spray. A liniment is a rubbing solution that uses organic herbs such as eucalyptus in this spray. Our testers think that this product can have additional healing properties brought by other ingredients.

The J.R. Watkins Natural Pain Relieving Liniment Spray only has 2.5% of menthol. The low percentage may have caused it to have shorter relief. During the testing, the effect of the spray can be felt in mere seconds. That is, this can provide fast relief to the users.

They dislike that the soothing capacity is not as long lasting as the other pain relief spray. Thus, our testers think that it can be used for very minor aches and pains and not those that are acute. Although, they deemed that it is still useful for everyday use as it can be applied up to 4 times in a day.

The low menthol percentage may also be due to its wide age range appropriability. Aside from children with extra sensitive requires, this pain relief spray can be used by children who are as young as two years old provided that caution is applied.

One of the advantages of this product is that it also smells decent. Some of the testers said that they might not mind the scent or odor to linger and stay. 

What We Liked

  • Good relief speed
  • Smells good
  • Can be used on young children

What We Didn't Like

  • Relief disappears fast

Salonpas is another famous brand in pain relieving solutions coming from Japan that has been established in the 1900s. One of the most popular products they produce is the therapeutic patch. With their expanding list of products now include the Salonpas Pain Relieving Jet Spray 4 Ounce.

The very first thing that you can experience this pain relieving spray is its cold solution more than its scent. Our testers love the cold spray temperature especially when they are experiencing inflammation because it easily soothes the burning sensation.

One thing that they have noted from this solution is that despite the cold and the first relief, it takes quite some time to penetrate deep into the muscles. In contrast to the other pain relief sprays, you need to wait for a few minutes before you can feel deep relief. It might be because the menthol percentage of this product is 3%, which is one of the lowest in the batch. They also observed that the relief is a little bit shorter and has to apply spray again.

If the Bio Freeze Cold Therapy Pain Relief has 360 spray feature, the Salonpas Pain Relieving Jet Spray has a jet spray for you to also treat hard-to-reach body parts. Our testers also like that it this spray formula is not as messy and dries fast, so the odor does not brush to other parts of the body.

This pain relief spray is likewise not suitable for very young children and might be limited to those aging 12 years old. And even then, there is a specific direction for usage. Hence, you also have to take into account the sensitivity of the person using it.

What We Liked

  • Comforting cold spray
  • Easy to use spray

What We Didn't Like

  • Takes a bit of time to seep

Interestingly, we found from our research that the Dermoplast Pain Relieving Spray-2.75 oz. is commonly used to relieve pain after giving birth.

While our testers are not all mothers, they were divided in agreeing that the product was effective to provide comfort from pain. One-half of our testers deemed that it can give the cold soothing solution to the pain and can seep in through the muscles fast. However, the relief does not last for long. You have to apply another if you are still in pain.

It has a menthol percentage of 0.5% which is relatively lower. According to our testers, the coldness may not be only because of the menthol, but also of the aloe vera. Therefore, this product may only be for slight pain, burns or inflammations.

The testers like that that this pain relief spray has aloe vera and lanolin that may also serve as moisturizers. So, users do not have to worry about having dry skin while using it to eliminate pain.

The Dermoplast Pain Relieving Spray is as good for children aging two years old and above as they are useful for new mothers. The testers think that the light relief and menthol may also be because they would want to cater to other users like the younger ones.

One drawback of this product is also that it only has 2.75 oz. It is the smallest volume from among the five in the review. During the test, our testers have finished about four cans of this product compared to the only utmost two of the other pain relief spray. You might need to prepare several cans if you are using it regularly. 

What We Liked

  • Fast cooling and penetration
  • Moisturizes skin
  • Appropriate for young children

What We Didn't Like

  • Small size
  • Effect diminishes fast

Our Recommendations ​

Editor’s Choice

In this review, the Stopain Regular Strength Pain Relief Spray, 8 Ounce, Mess Free and Easy, Temporarily Relieves Muscle and Joint Pain Due to Simple Backache, Arthritis, Strains, Bruises and Sprain is the Editor’s Choice.

With 8% menthol percentage, it provides fast cooling and the soothing result a few seconds after spraying on the area. It has a minty scent that likewise immediately disappears upon spraying. Hence, the treatment remains to relax the user without the smell for those uncomfortable with it.

This pain relief spray can be used for children provided that it be used based on the instructions and with children who are not sensitive. Thus, it can be useful in homes, schools, care centers and hospitals to various people.

First Runner-Up

Following the Editor’s Choice is the Bio Freeze Cold Therapy Pain Relief 360 Degree Spray, 4 Ounce for our First Runner-Up.

Like our Editor’s Choice it has fast acting cooling and relieving effect with 10.5% of menthol percentage suited for emergencies. It can even be used without the help of other with its 360 sprays for hard to reach body parts such as the back.

We did not choose it as Editor’s Choice because it is limited to older children and adult and has safety issues with its spray mechanism.

Second Runner-Up

Our Second Runner-Up has been proven through the years. The J.R. Watkins Natural Pain Relieving Liniment Spray, 4 Fluid Ounce among the oldest can still give the soothing and cooling of the muscles of different ages.

Although it is not as strong as the Editor’s Choice and the First Runner-Up, this is useful for immediate action on minor pains and ailments.

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About the Author

Walter J. Farrell is an accountant who is very passionate about sharing his knowledge on high tech gadgets. He started AuthorityAdviser to help people know more about the products that are currently a hit in the market.

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