Formulations: Heat, Strength and the Law

Because human pepper sprays are not government regulated*, manufacturers can make unchecked, exaggerated claims implying their sprays are more effective than they are.



Keep reading to learn the truth about SABRE Red pepper spray, Scoville Units, and OC percentage so that you can make an educated choice and purchase an effective pepper spray product to help you live life confidently.

If you're looking for industrial-grade, high-performance pepper spray, the heat levels reported can be confusing. The key item in SABRE pepper spray ingredients is Oleoresin Capsicum (OC), and it's vital that the potency is accurately tested.

The truth is that SABRE is the only pepper spray manufacturer that controls and guarantees formula strength! Our exclusive HPLC (High-Performance Liquid Chromatography) Guarantee means our pepper sprays never fail due to inconsistent heat levels. No other brand can make the same claim.

So, don't be fooled by misleading numbers.


*The only pepper sprays that are government regulated (by the EPA and Health Canada) are animal pepper sprays. Dog sprays range from 0.25% to 1.0% major capsaicinoids and bear sprays range from 1.0% to 2.0% major capsaicinoids.

Know that the following claims could be deceiving:

OC Percentage

Some pepper sprays promote a high oleoresin capsicum (OC) percentage in their formula, which some may believe indicates a more effective spray. But this number only measures the amount of pepper within the spray, not the heat strength or effectiveness.

Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Others promote the SHU of the raw pepper, not of the pepper spray formulation. The SHU of the raw peppers is highly diluted when included in the pepper spray formula, and therefore not an accurate indicator of strength.

The True Measure of Heat and Effectiveness of Pepper Spray

Major capsaicinoids are the true heat measure and can only be guaranteed through High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) testing. SABRE is the only brand that consistently tests heat in its pepper spray formula and is the only brand to guarantee maximum strength formula in every canister. Please note that individual state laws prohibit the shipment of certain products.

Find the Right Pepper Spray or Pepper Gel


SABRE's exclusive HPLC guaranteed self-defense solutions are available in three different formulas: SABRE Red Pepper Spray, SABRE Red Pepper Gel, and SABRE 3-IN-1 Pepper Spray.

SABRE® Pepper Spray offers a superior shelf life, police strength formulas, an exclusive HPLC guarantee, and more. Ready to maximize your safety with our industry-leading pepper spray trusted by law enforcement worldwide?

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