New designs for 2017 – pepper spray, alarms, and more cuteness

Hey y’all!  I’m so excited to show our newest designs for 2017.  This year is all about GEMSTONES and METALLICS … check out the new designs for the blingsting pepper spray, the ahh!-larm personal alarms, and our newest product – the First-Aid Clutch.  It’s everything.

Campus Safety: That’s what we do at blingsting

School’s back in session, and that means so many more opportunities to nail being safe and cute at the same time.  Of course ,campus safety is a huge issue facing many colleges around the country … it’s always in the news and from what we found out at University of Texas recently, it’s always on a girl’s mind. And some campuses are safer than others, but you can never be too careful. Lawstreetmedia.com adds that the top offenses on campuses are forcible sexual offenses, robbery, and aggravated assaults, and even sometimes murder.   They also ranked the most dangerous campuses in the country.

CAMPUS SAFETY: CHECK OUT COLLEGES WITH THE HIGHEST CRIME RATES (2015)

  1.  University of Illinois at Chicago
  2. University of California at Berkeley
  3. Illinois State University
  4. Harvard University
  5. University of Hawaii at Manoa
  6. Pennsylvania State University
  7. University of Virginia
  8. Northern Arizona University
  9. University of Southern California
  10. University of Michigan

That being said, blingsting is on it.  We are starting small and heading out to schools around our home state of Texas to spread the word:  safety doesn’t have to be ugly!  Campus safety can actually be semi-fun and by being engaged and excited about your pepper spray, you take the first step in becoming more aware of your decisions.  Many of the girls we spoke to at UT said they always have safety on their mind when walking on campus at night, coming home from the gym or the library.  They also told us that partying (while totally fun) is a dangerous part of life in college.  We agree.  We remember.

We had a blast at Texas and will continue to visit other campuses to show girls that campus safety is always priority numero uno.  Fortunately, the girls absolutely loved the blingsting – and we had lots and lots of interest, which is never a bad thing.  Here’s a little bit of what we heard, when we asked them what campus safety means to them.

 

 

 

And some more shots!  Adorable!

Texas student holding blingsting pepper spray promoting campus safety Texas students taking selfie with blingsting pepper spray promoting campus safety campus safety event by blingsting at university of texas Texas girl student holding blingsting pepper spray promoting campus safety

 

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The stun gun just got cuter. Say hello! to the Stunning Gun

We’ve just launched the newest personal safety product that is going to totally up your safe + cute game:  the Stunning Gun!  So, it’s a stun gun, and it’s stunning.  There’s no other possible way to describe it.  We made the Stunning Gun because, well, our customers asked for it.  First it was pepper spray, then the personal alarm, then the emergency escape hammer … we just can’t stop taking things that girls NEED and making them into things girls WANT.  It’s so fun!  You can shop it right here.

Stunning Gun rhinestone stun gun by blingsting

Looks so cute!

Some top FAQ’s about stun guns!

WHAT IS A STUN GUN?   

A stun gun is a device that is used to immobilize an attacker without causing serious injury. It is typically administered by an electric shock. A stunning gun is exactly the same, except the appearance, it’s cuter.

WHEN CAN I USE MY STUN GUN?

First thing is first, always check your local laws in regards to the carry and use of stun guns. If allowed, you should carry your stun with you at all times. Keep it in your purse while you’re on the go or by your night stand when at home. Keep is somewhere safe and so that you know where it is at all times. Stun guns should only be used if you feel physically threatened by someone. “A person is justified in using force again another when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the force is immediately necessary to protect the actor against the other’s use or attempted use of unlawful force.” (Sec. 9.31. TX Penal Code.)

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A STUN GUN AND A TASER?

The very first thing to know about a stun gun is that is not a taser. A stun gun is a personal defense item that requires you to make physical contact with the attacker in order for them to feel the electric shock. It is considered to be a “close proximity self-defense item.” On the other hand, a taser is a device that actually shoots and projects an electric shock on to an attacker from a distance. Tasers do not require physical contact but each device does have an effect range. Tasers are typically carried by law enforcement and in most states it requires an additional weapons permit to carry.

HOW DO I USE MY STUN GUN?

We hope that you are never in a position where you actually have to use your stun gun but if you are, we are glad you have it to protect yourself. To use the stun gun, push the “ON/OFF” switch up into the “ON” position. You will know it is “ON” because a red light will appear and indicate that the device is in “Ready to Fire” mode. Make sure to have the top portion of the device, where the two metal prongs are, pointed at the attacker. Keeping your fingers clear of the top portion and prongs you should then activate the stun gun by pressing the black button above the red light. You will hear a loud crackling/popping noise and an electric arch will appear between the two prongs. Again, make sure to come in contact with the attacker when activating the stun gun.

DO I NEED TO MAKE PHYSICAL CONTACT WITH MY ATTACKER TO STUN THEM?

Yes. Plain and simple. In order to shock the attacker, you must make physical contact on their body with the two prongs while pushing the activation button.

DOES THE SHOCK WORK THROUGH CLOTHING?

It sure does. The stunning gun will shock through clothing but for the absolute best results, find an area where the attacker’s skin is exposed or find the thinnest area of their clothing. The level of shock will be effected by the thickness of the clothing. So in the case, the thinner clothes or the more skin, the better.

 IF THE ATTACKER IS TOUCHING ME WHEN I SHOCK THEM WITH MY STUN GUN, WILL I GET SHOCKED ALSO?

No. If the attacker is touching you, you will not be shocked. The shock provided by the stun gun will not conduct from one person to another. The effects of the shock are localized only to where the contact is made.

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF A STUN GUN?

While effects of the Stun Gun do not cause serious injury, they are effective and will bring the attacker an extreme amount of discomfort and pain. In a nut shell, the stun gun sends a shock wave to the nervous system and essentially over works the muscles. This causes severe pain. The impact of the shock is affected by the size of the attacker and how long you shock them for. The longer the device is held on the attacker, the greater the pain. See below for further explanation on the length of a shock and its effects.

A short blast (1/4 of a second): This will startle the attacker. It can cause minor contractions and have a repelling effect. If your attacker lets go of you, get up, get out, run, and call the police.

A moderate blast (1-4 seconds): This can cause the attacker to fall to the ground and cause mental confusion. This will deter further attack but they will be able to get back up very quickly. As soon as they begin to fall, make your break to safety and call the police.

A severe blast (5 seconds or more): This can immobilize an attacker. It will cause disorientation, loss of balance, falling to the ground, and leaving them in an unpleasant daze for several minutes. If possible, this should be your goal. Again, once the attacker has fallen to the floor, get out and call the police.

WHERE IS THE BEST PLACE TO USE A STUN GUN ON AN ATTACKER?

The most effective areas are also the most painful. The chest, back, stomach, thighs, and groin area will have the most impact as points of contact. The face and neck are effective and painful targets as well. Think large muscle groups, that is the ideal place to shock an attacker.

CAN YOU KILL A PERSON WITH A STUN GUN?

No, you cannot. Typically speaking, stun guns have very high voltage but very low amps. While voltage causes pain and fatigue for the attacker, it does not cause permanent physical damage. Amps are what can severely hurt someone. Most stun guns have around 5-10 milliamps and it typically takes about 20 amps to kill a person.

IT IS ILLEGAL TO CARRY A STUN GUN EVERYWHERE?

No, it is not. Each state has their own laws for the use and carry of stun guns. Be sure to check your local state rules and regulation before purchasing a stun gun.

WHICH STATES RESTRICT STUN GUNS BY LAW?

See below for several notable mentions. However, we advise you to check your local state laws and regulations before purchasing a stun gun.

Stun guns are prohibited for both sale and possession in the following states: NY. RI. DC. HI. MA. & NJ.

Some form of permit to purchase and carry stun guns is required in the following states. This ranges anywhere from a license to carry in public, to a Firearm Owners ID card, all the way to a concealed pistol permit. Check within your state for specific details: CT. DE. IL. IN. LA. MI. ND. & WI.

CAN I TAKE MY STUN GUN ON AN AIRPLANE?

Yes, you can. However, you must check it in your luggage. In addition, if the batteries are lithium metal then they must be taken out of the device and carried on board. Check with your airline and airport to determine applicable rules. Also, be sure to check if your destination allows the use and carry of stun guns.

WHAT TYPE OF BATTERIES DO I NEED FOR MY STUN GUN?

For the Stunning Gun, you will need (3) -CR 123 A Lithium Batteries.

HOW LONG WILL MY BATTERIES LAST?

With normal use, your batteries should last up to 2 years. If there is continual testing or use of the device, the life time of the batteries will of course, decrease. It is recommended to check the strength of your device periodically. This can be checked by the loud crackling noise and electric arch. Both should remain strong and loud. If the sound or arch appears weakened, it is time to change the batteries.

HOW MUCH DOES A STUN GUN NORMALLY COST?

Like anything you buy, the quality of the items largely effects the cost. Mainly the features and strength of the device. Stun guns typically run between $40 – $100.  Our Stunning Gun is $70!

Stay safe and cute!

love andi

(Please) don’t go running without your blingsting pepper spray

You should have a personal security team at all times and lets be real, blingsting pepper spray should be a part of that team.  Not only should you have added safety when you are running errands, walking to your car, out on the town, or on campus going to class but you should also take precautions when exercising.  And we should all be exercising.  As our spirit animal Elle Woods says, ‘Exercise gives you endorphins.  Endorphins make you happy.”

pepper spray for joggers

To all the cute little joggers or any one trying to get a little cardio and sunshine in their life, this one is for you. Below are some safety tips for jogging (or walking, whatev). There are so many different preventative measures to take when running outside so this list is a condensed version of the hundreds of tips out there. Check it out.

  • Be aware of your surroundings. It is easy to zone out while running and listening to music but always be alert and aware of who/what is around you.
  • Run a route you already know and are familiar with. If you are trying a new route, plan ahead and make sure to learn the new route during the daytime when people are around. You do not want to learn a route when the sun is setting, keep it moving when it’s bright out.
  • Alternate your routes. Running the same route, at the same time, creates a pattern and can make the runner an easy target for attackers. Switch things up and keep ‘em guessing, from the route you run to the time you run it.
  • Avoid deserted areas and bad neighborhoods. Also, know a few “safe” locations you can run to if you ever come across any trouble. This can be anywhere from a public location to a well known neighbor or friend.
  • Do not run alone. It makes runners a less likely target when there are two of you. Running partners are also able to assist in getting help if there is an emergency. Keep in mind; your running partner can also be your furry friend. Large dogs pose as potential threats to attackers.
  • Turn it down. We all enjoy a concert in our head so we can drown out our heavy breathing and focus on the music instead of our sore legs but your safety should come first. While turning down your music helps, taking out one ear bud completely is even better. This allows one of your ears to focus on the sounds of oncoming traffic, bikers, other fellow runners, and potential threats. It is important to be able to see and hear what is in front of you but also what is behind you.
  • Tell someone. Let a friend or family member know you are going out for a run, the route you are taking, and about how long you anticipate being gone. That’s easy.
  • Bring your phone. Not that you were going to let it leave your side, but if you were, bring it anyway. You’ll be able to call someone if you’re in a bind or drop someone your pin (location) if you need help. There are also all sorts of running apps out there for joggers so that their emergency information is available as well as their whereabouts.
  • Run against traffic. You will be able to see the traffic in front of you more clearly and they will be able to see you better. Also, be careful when running near cars, you have to pay attention because sometimes they are not.
  • Be bold and be bright. If you decide to run at night or early morning, make sure to wear bright colored clothing as well as reflective clothing or shoes. This will help drivers be aware of your presence. Hand held lights or headlamps are also key. Not only will this help the drivers to see you in front of them but it will help you to see where you are going as well.
  • Carry your blingsting. Not only will you be better able to protect your self but also you will feel confident that you have an additional safety measure on you.

Be safe and super-cute!

love andi

Where to buy pepper spray? Right here. Duh.

Pepper spray is  MUST-HAVE.  It is the most basic and definitely one of the most valuable items you can carry (I always say: keys, phone, lipgloss, blingsting).  Problem is, lots of people are often wondering where to buy pepper spray.   Whether you’re a city girl or a country girl, pepper spray has become a necessity for anyone living in today’s world. With the use of a cleverly-pointed pepper spray shot, a girl might be able to save her own life, possessions, and those around her.

That alone should serve as purpose enough as to why you should carry pepper spray.  Now, I have been favoring the word “her” because I support super cute independent boss babes everywhere but us women aren’t the only ones who can benefit from carrying pepper spray. Men, I’m talking to you. All of you guys out there can reap the benefits of pepper spray as self-defense as well, you just have to buy it first. The good news is that pepper spray is very affordable and can be bought by just about anyone. As mentioned before in a past blog post, the spray is made out of an ingredient taken from real chili peppers known as oleoresin capsicum or OC – this ingredient is what gets the job done.

 

Donald Trump talks blingsting pepper psray

Ugly pepper spray, ya fired!

Why carry pepper spray?  Let’s recap:

– Inexpensive

– Legal; no permit required

– Small and easy to handle

– Non-lethal

– Can be used against human and animal attacks

– It comes in different forms: spray, fogger, or gel

So where to buy pepper spray? Here are three more ideas:

Wal-Mart:

It doesn’t get any easier than this. Wal-Mart, the go-to place for anything and everything. They don’t fall short in the pepper spray category either. Affordable and good quality, Wal-Mart never fails. It is a trusted company to give you the best options. Find a Wal-Mart and you’ll find good quality spray as well.  Search ‘super-cute pepper spray’  🙂

Amazon:

What’s not love? Diverse products and brands, cheap prices, low tax delivery, and only high quality pepper spray. If you have some uncertainties about the pepper spray you’re looking at, check the user reviews underneath the product. You’ll know right away what you’re dealing with.

Online:

Of course, we think blingsting.com is the best website for pepper spray.  While Amazon required a VIP shout out, there are many other online web stores that will offer you  pepper spray.  They aren’t gonna be super-cute, but I am biased.   Some even provide warranty cards so you won’t have any hassle later. Online shopping is easy, convenient, and a major key in getting what you need during your busy days. Online shopping for pepper spray is no different.

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Say hello! to the cutest stun gun ever: The Stunning Gun

Yes, we just had to go there. First it was pepper spray, and now we have set our focus on all things cute and sparkly to the stun gun! And of course it wouldn’t be a blingsting product without a seriously cute name – so say hello to the Stunning Gun! We have shown it at our big tradeshows across the country in the last few weeks and can already tell it will be a top seller in no time. It will be available for purchase on our website in a few weeks (yay!)

Stunning Gun rhinestone stun gun by blingsting

On display at the Las Vegas Gift Show

 

I didn’t ever think we’d make a stun gun, but our customers asked for it, so here it is!  For those unfamiliar, a stun gun is simply a device used to immobilize an attacker without causing serious injury, typically by administering an electric shock. So, it’s a positive safety product, just like pepper spray, that won’t cause permanent damage but will deter and deflect a potential attacker if used properly.  They say to really make the most impact, the electric shock should be directed at the face, chest or groin.  Of course the longer the shock is administered, the more disoriented the attacker will become.  And, the sound of the spark alone is enough to cause a scene. It’s seriously loud. Oh and we have tested it on the president of blingsting, Gabe, and it totally works. Plus, it’s decked out in the deep charcoal rhinestones that I call ‘mink.’ Mink is everything, as we all know. New products are SO fun!  Ok – just remember that stun guns are so not a toy, and there are state and local restrictions on ’em – so gotta do your research to make sure you can legally carry one of these little gems.  Most states do require you be 18 years of age (just like with pepper spray).  We have a list of states that we can’t ship the Stunning Guns to right here.

Stunning Gun Stun Gun in packaging

Stun gun meets cuteness overload

 

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OC Spray: OC doesn’t mean Orange County

Just in the totally improbable case you hear OC spray and are totally confused … don’t be. OC, in this case, means oleoresin capsicum. And oleoresin capsicum is pepper spray and pepper spray is OC spray. Capsicum is a fancy-schmancy name for peppers.

Cast of the OC

Not this OC

OC spray OC gas, and capsicum spray, is a lachrymatory agent (a chemical compound that irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and temporary blindness) used in policing, riot control, crowd control, against protestor and, of course, personal self-defense, including defense against dogs and bears.  Its inflammatory effects cause the eyes to close, taking away vision. This temporary blindness allows officers to more easily restrain subjects and permits people using pepper spray for self-defense an opportunity to escape. Although considered a less-than-lethal agent, it has been deadly in rare cases, and concerns have been raised about a number of deaths where being pepper sprayed may have been a contributing factor.

So how does it go from a hot pepper to an OC spray like blingsting?

Well, the active ingredient in pepper spray is capsaicin, which is a chemical derived from the fruit of plants in the Capsicum genus, including chili peppers. Extraction of oleoresin capsicum from peppers requires capsicum to be finely ground, from which capsaicin is then extracted using an organic solvent such as ethanol. The solvent is then evaporated, and the remaining waxlike resin is the oleoresin capsicum.

An emulsifier such as propylene glycol is used to suspend the OC in water, and pressurized to make it aerosol in pepper spray. The high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) method is used to measure the amount of capsaicin and major capsaicinoids within pepper sprays.

So basically, now you know a brand new big long word (actually two of them) and you can totally impress your friends when showing off your blingsting OC spray.

Source: Wikipedia

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Pepper spray laws: Gotta do your homework

Mostly uninteresting post alert. I don’t like to spend a lot of time on boring things like pepper spray laws, but there are some states that actually just aren’t getting it when it comes to pepper spray! They have decided that pepper spray is to be so highly regulated, that companies like blingsting can’t ship product into the state (you know who you are). The great thing is that while all 50 states do allow anyone over the age of 18 to carry pepper spray, it’s just the whole shipping thing and also some differences in age restrictions where it gets a little more complicated. The bottom line here is, you might want to do a quick scan before you purchase one of our really super-cute pepper spray keychains online. A short list of states that don’t allow us to ship/sell pepper spray is right here. And for anyone who cares, here is the long list of state pepper spray laws that you’ll want to look at if you live in any of these states.  PS – OC spray is the same thing as pepper spray.

Pepper spray laws and state restrictions

  • California: Container holding the defense spray must contain no more than 2.5 ounces (71 g) net weight of aerosol spray.
  • Massachusetts: Before July 1, 2014, residents may purchase defense sprays only from licensed Firearms Dealers in that state, and must hold a valid Firearms Identification Card (FID) or License to Carry Firearms (LTC) to purchase or to possess outside of one’s own private property.  New legislations allow residents to purchase pepper spray without a Firearms Identification Card starting July 1.
  • Michigan: Allows “reasonable use” of spray containing not more than 10% oleoresin capsicum to protect “a person or property under circumstances that would justify the person’s use of physical force”. It is illegal to give a “self-defense spray” to a person under 18 years of age.
  • New York: Can be legally possessed by any person age 18 or over
    • It must be purchased in person (i.e., cannot be purchased by mail-order or internet sale) either at a pharmacy or from a licensed firearm retailer (NY Penal Law 265.20 14 (a)), and the seller must keep a record of purchases.
      • The use of pepper spray to prevent a public official from performing his/her official duties is a class-E felony.
NYC pepper spray laws

NYC. My favorite city, but we can’t just can’t ship there 🙁

  • New Jersey: Non-felons over the age of 18 can possess a small amount of pepper spray, with no more than three-quarters of an ounce of chemical substance.
  • Washington: Persons over 18 may carry personal-protection spray devices.
    • Persons over age 14 may carry personal-protection spray devices with their legal guardian’s consent.
  • Wisconsin: Tear gas is not permissible.
    • By regulation, OC products with a maximum OC concentration of 10% and weight range of oleoresin of capsicum and inert ingredients of 15-60 grams are authorized. This is 12 and 2 oz (14 and 57 g) spray. Further, the product cannot be camouflaged, and must have a safety feature designed to prevent accidental discharge. The units may not have an effective range of over 20 feet and must have an effective range of six feet.
      • In addition there are certain labeling and packaging requirements, it must state cannot sell to anyone under 18 and the phone number of the manufacturer has to be on the label. The units must also be sold in sealed tamper-proof packages.

(source: Wikipedia)

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Keychain pepper spray is so much better as a purse charm

Purse charms are everything. I love the tassels, the fur poms, and of course, all of the cute things we make at blingsting that clip to the outside of your bag. One of the things I thought could really use some updating on the traditional keychain pepper spray is the fact that a keychain only gets you so far.  One way we thought we’d make pepper spray keychains better was to make them more accessible, aka purse charms.  Like most girls, my keys are buried at the bottom of my big a*s bag, and finding them takes a full on effort to dig through everything else I am carrying with me.  Plus, if I go running and want to take my pepper spray, I am definitely not sitting there and trying to get it on and off of my keychain each and every time. So there are lots of reasons why changing around the keychain pepper spray makes sense.  And it’s obvious to me that the men who started selling pepper spray way back when never thought about these very critical things.  Once again, pepper spray does no good if you don’t have it in your hand.

Mine is always clipped to the hardware of my bag, and so there is no digging, no frustration, no forgetting exactly where my blingsting is at all times. Plus, it looks super-cute and out in the open for the world to see so I get TONS of compliments.  It also serves as a really good reminder to any suspicious character who might be checking me out to just not go there.

pepper spray keychain purse charm

My bag and messy desk

Our customers totally understand this, as they love putting their cute purse / pepper spray situations on social media!

 

keychain pepper spray purse charm

Awwww

 

Tassel keychain pepper spray

tassels + blingsting = perfection

And the good news is, if you really want it on your keychain, then you can still put it on your keychain.

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Where to buy pepper spray, you ask? Let’s unlock the mystery.

Pepper spray is one of those things that you don’t generally think about buying until decide you might need it. And of course when you need it, you can’t find it anywhere, and then you go asking the internet ‘where to buy pepper spray’.  It’s like that one time I wanted a selfie stick. I saw it absolutely everywhere when I didn’t want one, then it was no where to be found once I decided I really couldn’t live without one. Anyway, we know from our data that many girls buy pepper spray when they are heading to a new city, off to college, or traveling alone. We also know that men love to buy pepper spray for their girls as a gift. Remember, the entire reason we started blingsting was because my dad bought it for my mom and I at his local carwash.  But overall, finding blingsting pepper spray in an actual store  is sorta like finding a unicorn.

blingsting pepper spray unicorn

blingsting is the unicorn

Of course you can always buy it here. There are times, however, that we know you don’t want to wait days to get your order, I totally get it. I mean, it’s the cutest pepper spray ever so you want it and you want it now!

Yes, it’s sorta hard to remember the days when we used to have to get in the car and go to the store for everything. But just in case you do want to do some old-fashioned brick and mortar shopping, we thought we’d mention the larger chain retailers that are currently stocking our products. This list is always changing, so heads up. PS – I’d call ahead. Our product sells out quickly and color selection will be limited, and I don’t want you to waste the gas and be disappointed.

Where to buy pepper spray and other blingsting products right now

 

Where to buy pepper spray. At Francesca's.

Where to buy pepper spray? Right here.                         At Francesca’s.

Francesca’s

Ace Hardware (select locations nationwide)

Big 5 Sporting Goods

Hallmark (select locations nationwide)

Buc-ees (it’s a Texas thing)

Academy Sports

Wal-Mart

And, we are in thousands of independent shops for you to buy from – pharmacies, car washes, beauty supply stores, boutiques, bookstores, gun stores, you name it. If you want to know any stores in your local area, send us an email to info@blingsting.com with your city, state, and zip and we’ll do a quick search for you.

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