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 a better educated choice and purchase a more effective pepper spray product. If you’re looking for industrial grade, high performance police pepper spray, Scoville Units can be deceptive. The key item in SABRE pepper spray ingredients is Oleoresin Capsicum (OC), and it’s vital that the potency is accurately tested. Discover how to ensure that your pepper spray won’t let you down when you need it!

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. Know that the following claims could be deceiving:

OC Percentage

Some brands hope you believe a higher oleoresin capsicum (OC) percentage means a more effective spray. But this number only measure the amount of pepper within the spray, not the heat strength or effectiveness.

Scoville Heat Units (SHU)

Some brands advertise the SHU of the raw pepper, not of the pepper spray formulation. The SHU of the raw peppers is highly diluted in the pepper spray formula, and therefore not an accurate indicator of strength.

Major capsaicinoids are the true heat measure and can only be guaranteed through High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) testing – and, again, we’re the only brand that does. 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. WARNING: Do not purchase pepper spray without checking its content of major capsaicinoids.

While browsing our wide selection of HPLC guaranteed self-defense solutions, you’ll see three different types of products: SABRE Red Pepper Spray, SABRE Red Pepper Gel and SABRE 3-IN-1 Pepper Spray. Please note that individual state laws prohibit shipment of certain products.

  • SABRE Red Pepper Spray

    1.33% major capsaicinoids! Strongest available single ingredient pepper spray contains UV marking dye.

    Can’t be shipped to: AKDCHIMA and NY.

    Can’t be sold in: NY.
  • SABRE Red Pepper Gel

    Essentially eliminates wind blowback. Safe for indoor and outdoor use with no effect on bystanders.

    Can’t be shipped to: AKDCHIMA and NY.
  • SABRE 3-IN-1 Pepper Spray

    Comprised of pepper spray, CS military tear gas and UV marking dye. Maximum stopping power unmatched by any single ingredient defense spray!

    Can’t be shipped to: AKFLHIMAMINJNYSC and WI.

    Can’t be sold in: HAMINY and WI.

Find out which SABRE pepper spray formulation is best for you!



Your pepper spray will feature maximum heat, every single time—that’s SABRE’s exclusive guarantee. Offering state-of-the-art protection in the times you need it most, SABRE is the only manufactuerer with an on-site facility eliminating the 30% heat failure rate experienced with other brands.


Peace of mind comes from knowing that your pepper spray is double the average strength. To put it into perspective, that’s 67x hotter than hot sauce, and just as potent as our industry-leading police sprays.


Want confidence in your product? Choose the #1 brand trusted by police and consumers worldwide. Our global brand supplies agencies on six continents in more than 40 countries with the same pepper spray you’ll soon have at your fingertips.


Learn how to better use your new pepper spray with the free instructional video that comes with each product. Just find the URL on the back of your product packaging. 


Boost your confidence.

Maximize your safety by pairing your purchase with a SABRE® Practice Spray. Familiarize yourself with pepper spray with this safe-for-practice item—no pepper irritant included. Become comfortable with the self-defense before you are put in a stressful situation.
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