In today’s news you didn’t know you cared about: what exactly is the difference between all of the different defensive sprays (pepper spray, bear spray, Mace) on the market? We know that blingsting has the market totally beat for cute pepper spray – but what do you do, say, if you are out on the town with the girls, and all of a sudden you are approached by a very hangry grizzly bear?

So, here’s what we know:

Pepper Spray is an aerosol spray containing oils derived from cayenne pepper. AKA “oleoresin capsicum” or OC spray. The OC irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and temporary blindness, and is effective when used in self-defense against people, dogs, and bears (ok, more on this below)

Mace Spray is a trademarked chemical compound, and also a brand name. Blingsting pepper spray is NOT mace and mace is not ever blingsting.

Bear Spray is a type of pepper spray or capsicum deterrent that is used to deter aggressive bears, typically in wilderness environments. It usually comes in larger cans and in larger OC concentrations than pepper spray intended for self-defense against humans.

The bottom line here is that defensive sprays all sorta do the same thing … they cause serious irritation to whatever or whoever they are used on. The real difference lies in the potency and the size of the canister.



Oh, hey there.  Nice bear.

At blingsting, we use the smallest canister available (0.5 ounce) so that it is easy to take everywhere (purse, backpack, keychain, dog leash) and it will be effective in deterring a potential human attacker if sprayed correctly. But keep in mind that bear spray is generally sold in much larger canisters. Similar to the size of a hair spray bottle – because as we all know – bears are much bigger and stronger than people. So you need more. Duh.

So, could you take your cute little blingsting pepper spray with you when frolicking into the forest? Sure.

Do we recommend depending on it to deter a bear?  NOT AT ALL.

love andi