Published on April 30, 2014
Cool Peppermint Muscle Spritz
If you are looking for a cooling agent that is highly effective at zapping aching muscles and minor sprains but doesn’t feel like a chemical onslaught then the Cool Peppermint Muscle Spritz from Natural Hero is an excellent place to start.
The Cool Peppermint Muscle Spritz comes in a 100ml pump bottle and is intended for spraying onto troublesome areas either during or post-exercise to provide an almost instant cooling effect, which gives way to a gentle warmth through the treated area. It achieves this through a blend of botanical extracts including peppermint (obviously), white willow, arnica, witch hazel and blue chamomile – whilst the carrying agent, a natural alcohol denant, also adds to the initial cooling as its rapid evaporation leads to a drop in skin temperature. It doesn’t feel in the least bit ‘chemical’ and that’s because it isn’t – Cool Peppermint Muscle Spritz uses 99% natural ingredients.
Looking at the other natural, active ingredients in turn: peppermint essential oil can reduce inflammation (and, it has to be said, smells good), willow – in the form of bark extract – is an astringent, which will cause mild skin contraction, arnica has proven efficacy as an anti-inflammatory, witch hazel is a toner, and chamomile is another anti-inflammatory. All in this is a spray that works hard.
If you’re wondering about the 1% of synthetic ingredients they comes in the form of menthyl lactate, which is a common cosmetics ‘cooling agent’, potassium sorbate is a preservative (E number 202) and ascorbic acid (actually a form of vitamin C), which is utilised as an anti-oxidant in the spritz. Nothing really to worry about here and the other 99% is more than admirable in RunningMonkey’s opinion…
On test we found that the cooling effect was pretty much instant and quite intense shifting, after a few minutes, to a background warmth that lasted in excess of half an hour. Perhaps not strictly for use as pain relief, and, as it evaporates so quickly (an essential part of the cooling mechanism) and so lacks the advantage of being compatible with massage. Nor is it as cold as a traditional ice pack or a product like Physicool (our review here), but for instant revitalisation with tangible soothing results that eased muscle tension this is an undeniably useful product for post-run recovery and the treatment of minor aches and pains. If Natural Hero could find their way clear to producing a smaller (say sub-50ml) spray it could also be useful on the run.
Note too that Cool Peppermint Muscle Spritz is also branded and marketed as Freeze & Ease Sports Spray, same great product, different name.
Cool Peppermint Muscle Spritz from Natural Hero is available for £11.99 from naturalhero.co.uk