My Soothanol X2 Review – Scam Or Legit?

My Soothanol X2 Review - Scam Or Legit?

It’s time for my Soothanol X2 review – because it might be a scam:

  • very expensive for the quantity
  • contains basic ingredients
  • has enough negative reviews

So at almost $50 per bottle, there are high chances to be another hoax.

Well – I tried Soothanol X2 some time ago, so I can give you all the hidden facts about it. Let’s find out if it’s a scam or not.

Note: This review is based on my experience + opinion on Soothanol X2. I’m not trying to praise/criticize it or its company for no reason.


So Let’s Get To The Review

Full Name: Soothanol X2 from North Star Nutritionals

Quantity: 1 oz or 30 ml per bottle

Best Actual Price: $49.95 per bottle

Where You Can Find It: On the official website and several retailers (including Amazon)

Designed For: Very fast pain relief:

  • claims to work for any kind of pain (neck, hip, back pain, etc.)
  • seems effective in any form of arthritis – both OA and RA
  • promises to work quicker than others

However – that’s just on paper. Its real effect might be totally different.

My Rating: 4 out of 10 – It works partially, but it’s so pricey.

Worth Buying?: Surely not – it’s way too expensive for what it brings:

  • only 2 ingredients are active (out of 12)
  • does work – but not better than other cheaper products
  • doesn’t treat the cause behind (only hides the pain temporarily)

So instead of a cream – I advise you to use a supplement, because its benefits are a lot more. Plus, it’s usually cheaper.


What I Liked About It

  • Nice smell, texture and consistency
  • Really easy to apply – less than 10 drops per day
  • Doesn’t leave any greasy marks
  • 1 bottle should last more than one month
  • High concentration of menthol
  • Decreases the pain partially (in my case at least)
  • Works within minutes
  • Available in several retailers


What I Didn’t Like About It

  • Really unprofessional website (looks like a personal letter)
  • Doesn’t focus on the product – but on its “amazing” benefits
  • Most of the ingredients it praises are inactive (10 out of 12)
  • Doesn’t relieve the pain completely
  • I found many complaints about it
  • Really expensive overall ($50 for just 1 oz)



What Is Soothanol X2? – A Quick Overview

Briefly – it’s a pain relieving liquid made by North Star Nutritionals.

First of all, I tried some other products from this company (SynerFlex and LunaFlex PM) – and I wasn’t satisfied at all.

Now – Soothanol has some similar things with these 2 products:

  1. A website that looks like a personal letter.
  2. It tries to convince you using emotional promises.
  3. It doesn’t focus on the product at all.

If you take a closer look at Soothanol X2’s website – you can see that it focuses on 1 ingredient, DMSO:

  • claims to be the secret ingredient behind this formula
  • claims that it relieves the pain instantly

Now – I’m sure DMSO is a good ingredient, considering it has some studies behind.

But thing is – in Soothanol, it’s labeled as an inactive ingredient. What does it mean?:

  1. It’s not involved in this product’s therapeutic effect.
  2. It doesn’t have any major benefit here.

So to me – that’s the best proof that Soothanol X2’s promises are not as real as they seem.

Now that you know these aspects, it’s time to analyze it closely.



#1 – Ingredients (7 out of 10)

For a topical pain reliever – Soothanol’s ingredients aren’t too bad.

But here’s the real problem:

  1. Claims to contain 12 “amazing” ingredients for pain relief.
  2. However – only 2 of them are active ingredients.
  3. The other 10 are inactive.

So basically – out of the 12 substances, only 2 can have any effect on pain.

For me it’s pretty clear that this formula isn’t as amazing as it claims.

So let’s take a quick look at each ingredient:

1. Menthol (12%)

Normally – this is an ingredient I don’t really like, for 1 reason: ALL TOPICAL PRODUCTS USE IT.

However, in Soothanol X2 it has a very high concentration (12% vs less than 5% in some products).

So here’s how menthol can help:

  • brings a cooling effect in the painful area [1]
  • stimulates blood low

However – in many cases, it works by numbing the area where you apply it. And that is a big downside (at least for me).

2. Capsaicin (0.20%)

That’s Soothanol’s second active ingredient – and I personally like it.

Capsaicin is actually the extract of Cayenne pepper, which is really good at relieving pain:

  • blocks painful signals [2]
  • heats up the painful area
  • works pretty fast

So basically – it’s quite the opposite of menthol. It works due to heat, while menthol freezes the painful spot.

Anyway, capsaicin is a really good ingredient – if you ask me. No wonder it’s used in patches or pain creams. [3]

3. Inactive Ingredients

This list includes herbs like Arnica, Calendula, DMSO (which they praise so much on the official website), Emu Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, MSM, Wintergreen Oil.

But keep in that they’re inactive, because this is essential.

So what does this mean?:

  • they have no effect on pain [4]
  • they’re meant to add a nice scent or improve consistency

For this reason – don’t let Soothanol’s official website trick you.

These ingredients can’t do anything for the pain – no matter how amazing they are. Since they’re inactive – they have no real effect.


Soothanol’s ingredients look pretty good (especially because of capsaicin).

However – I hate their claims about the formula, since most of the ingredients they praise are inactive.

So the ingredients aren’t as amazing as they say – because most are inactive, so they have no real effect.


#2 – Smell & Texture (10 out of 10)

From this point of view, I really liked Soothanol X2.

So here’s how I would sum up its consistency:

  1. Very liquid – so it’s really easy to apply.
  2. Soaks in pretty fast.
  3. Smells like peppermint and wintergreen. 
  4. Smell is indeed pretty powerful (last for at least 1 hour).
  5. You only need to apply a few drops.

Now – Soothanol’s scent isn’t the best one I’ve seen in a topical product.

But compared to others, it’s tolerable and not so intense.

Also – the liquid itself is transparent and very light, so it doesn’t leave your skin greasy.


#3 – How To Use It (10 out of 10)

Here’s another strong point of Soothanol – it’s really easy to use.

1. The Schedule

So here’s what the label recommends:

  1. Wash your hands and the affected area.
  2. Apply 2-3 drops on the painful spot.
  3. Spread the liquid and massage.
  4. The pain should decrease within a few minutes.

Plus – the labels recommends using it for at most 3-4 times a day.

This means you would use 12 drops per day (in the worst case). That’s pretty decent – even for a cream.

2. Biggest Downside

There’s only thing I don’t like here – but it’s available for every topical product, not just Soothanol:

  • you have to reapply it several times per day
  • that’s pretty uncomfortable for many people (including me)

Now – why I say it’s uncomfortable?

Well – it means washing your hands and the area again, massaging and getting your hands dirty again, etc. 

In my opinion, it’s a lot more complicated than swallowing a pill (which you would only do 1-2 times a day).

That’s the only problem I could find here.


#4 – Results (8.50 out of 10)

Overall – I was quite surprised by Soothanol X2 (in the positive way).

It surely worked better than I personally expected.

1. My Background

I was suffering from rheumatoid arthritis – which was the main cause of my pain:

  • it was mostly affecting my hands and elbows
  • sometimes it was really bad (around 6 on the pain scale)
  • other times it was more bearable (about 4-5) – but that was rare
  • I had flare-ups weekly

Other than that – I also had osteoarthritis in my knees, but that pain wasn’t as bad as in RA. It was more of a flexibility problem.

Now – throughout the years, I tried lots of supplements and creams for my pain.

There were some that really helped, but most didn’t.

So I had the chance to test out Soothanol X2 as well – here are my results.

2. How It Worked

As I said, the results were a bit better than I expected. Here’s what I mean:

  1. I could see an improvement in my pain in about 10-15 minutes.
  2. It would get from a 6 to about a 4 (approximately).
  3. This improvement would last about 2-3 hours.
  4. It never decreased my pain completely.
  5. Also, there was no change in my stiffness or flexibility.

My Soothanol X2 Review - Scam Or Legit?

Basically – this liquid really decreased my pain (and very past).

But the improvement wasn’t a major one, even after using it for weeks.

Plus, the effect didn’t last more than in other topical products (like Blue Emu) – so I would have to reapply it quite often.


Soothanol X2 really works – it’s surely not a scam (as I first thought).

However, it doesn’t relieve the pain completely – nor for a long while.

So if you have a minor pain, it should work really well.

But for arthritis or a chronic pain – I definitely recommend a supplement, it works way better.



#5 – Other Opinions (7 out of 10)

Good news here – Soothanol X2 has lots of reviews that seem authentic.

Now – I wouldn’t recommend you to look at the reviews on their official website (they tend to be biased).

However, there are plenty on websites like Amazon – which are usually authentic.

So let’s take a quick look at what people say about this product.

1. The Positive Side

I found enough people who were satisfied with Soothanol X2:

  1. Some said it works much faster than other (creams).
  2. Others claim it works for both arthritis and cramps.
  3. Few even call it the best thing on the market.

So basically – there are many positive opinions, which is great. It means this product isn’t a scam at all (as I first thought).

However, there are enough negative reviews about it as well.

2. Biggest Complaints

Just like some claim Soothanol is the best thing on the market – others say it’s totally useless:

  1. They say it doesn’t relieve pain too well.
  2. Some say it only burns and stings for hours.
  3. Others say you must wash your hands really well after using it. 
  4. According to them – otherwise touching any part of your body will hurt terribly.
  5. There are some that complain about the really high price.

Overall – my opinion is that this cream only works for some people.

For the others, it causes a really bad burning sensation – that does anything but soothing the pain.

Plus, I agree with people complaining that it’s expensive. After all, it costs $50 for 1 oz – which is huge.


So overall – here’s what I understood from these reviews:

Soothanol X2 works for some people – but for others, it only increases the pain (because it burns the painful part).

Considering there are enough unsatisfied customer, I’m sure the negative reviews aren’t fake.

So even though it worked decently for me – I’m still not a fan of Soothanol, after reading all these opinions.


#6 – Price (2 out of 10)

That’s by far the biggest problem of Soothanol X2:

  • extremely expensive
  • not affordable for most people
  • little quantity of the price

To be honest – it’s one of the priciest topical products I’ve seen (together with Arctic Blast and Patriot Flex).

1. The Exact Price

Surprisingly – Soothanol’s price doesn’t depend a lot on the seller. 

Its prices are pretty similar, no matter where you buy it from:

  1. It costs around $50 per bottle.
  2. The quantity is only 1 oz. 

Now – that’s is extremely expensive overall.

It’s true that you only need to use a few drops per day – so one bottle is going to last more than 1 month.

But even so, paying $50 for 1 oz seems unacceptable to me.

2. Where You Can Find It

Fortunately, Soothanol X2 is available on several retailers. 

But I would only recommend buying it from these 2:

  • Amazon
  • the official website

Now – official websites usually offer discounts when you buy several bottles together.

But that’s not the case of Soothanol X2’s website:

  • the price is still $49.95 per bottle (no matter how many bottles you buy)
  • the only advantage is that you get free shipping for more than 2 bottles

Regarding Amazon – this product has several sellers, but most don’t offer free shipping.


Overall – Soothanol X2 is one of the priciest topical products I used (especially at this quantity).

Besides – its website doesn’t offer you any discount, even if you buy 10 bottles together.

So I would surely not recommend paying so much money on this product.


#7 – Soothanol X2 FAQs

Here are the most common questions you might have about this product. I tried to give a clear answer.

Note: I might repeat something I already said, but it’s easier to spot here.

1. How often do you need to apply it?

According to the label – not more than 3-4 times per day.

Also, it recommends using about 2-3 drops every time – which means at most 12 drops a day.

2. How long lasts 1 bottle?

It really depends.

Unlike supplements – Soothanol doesn’t last for a certain time. That depends of:

  • how much you use it
  • how often you apply it per day
  • also – how many drops you apply

But normally – it should last for at least 2 months, if not more.

3. Are there any side effects?

The label doesn’t mention anything – but it advises you to stop using it if:

  • pain worsens
  • area where you applied it gets irritated

These might count as side effects.

Also – I found many reviews of people complaining about a really bad burning sensation.

Other than that, I don’t think it can cause any other side effects (like internal ones).

4. How fast should I notice an effect?

Within minutes – up to an hour. 

Soothanol X2 claims to be an instant pain reliever – so normally, your pain should decrease in about 10 minutes.

If it takes more, it might not be very effective for you.


#8 – Final Conclusions

Here’s how I would sum up Soothanol X2 in 3 ideas.

1. Not So Amazing Formula

Actually – they claim to use 12 amazing ingredients that work really well. But in reality, that’s different:

  • only 2 of them are active 
  • they’re menthol and capsaicin
  • the other 10 are inactive ingredients (so they have no effect for pain)

Now – menthol has a really high concentration, which is great.

Also – capsaicin doesn’t exist in every pain reliever, which is again great. 

But there’s no point praising 10 ingredients that have absolutely no effect in this cream.

2. Does Work

In my case at least – it was effective:

  • didn’t work better than any product
  • but I could see an improvement
  • however, the relief only lasted for 2 hours

Now – no cream or topical reliever will ever treat arthritis. 

That’s because they only work on the outside – hiding the pain for a short while.

Once their effect goes away, the pain comes back as strong as before. That’s why I would never recommend a topical reliever, but a supplement.

3. Super Expensive

Considering the quantity (1 oz), Soothanol is way too overpriced.

Now – it’s true that one bottle should last more than 1 month.

But what’s the point of paying $5o on a product from the start? It might not even help you. Plus:

  • it doesn’t even treat the cause of the problem
  • instead, it only hides the pain for a few hourse
  • in this way, your problem might worsen in the future

So I would surely not pay $50 on Soothanol, nor on any topical pain reliever.




My Verdict – Is Soothanol X2 Worth Buying?

Short answer: Definitely not – at $50 per bottle, it’s way too expensive.

Besides – it’s not as amazing as it claims to be:

  1. 10 of its 12 ingredients are inactive (they have no effect).
  2. Only hides the pain for a few hours.
  3. Doesn’t do anything for the cause behind.
  4. Many negative reviews.
  5. Very expensive for the quantity.
  6. Website is really unprofessional (doesn’t focus on the product but on emotional promises).

Now – I don’t consider Soothanol X2 a scam, because it does relieve some of the pain.

But it only does it temporary (around 2 hours) and partially.

So for $50 per bottle, you can choose something way better for a much lower price.

I’m talking about a supplement:

  1. Treats both the pain and the cause behind.
  2. Improves joint health and stiffness.
  3. Costs almost half.

Using a supplement is beneficial on the long term – because your problem won’t progress.

On the other hand, it will surely worsen if you only use a topical product. So make your choice wisely.


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Heather Pharm.D.

Heather Tracy Foley is a Pharmacy graduate, Blogger and Author with a vast experience in health sciences. She has a particular interest in joint pain and rheumatology and spent several years studying health problems. You can find her on Pinterest or via email.

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6 Responses

  1. Elose Van M says:

    Helo Heather, I used Soothanol X2 too. It helps my achy joints, I feel better but it doesn’t last more than 20 sometimes 30 minutes. That’s disappointing, then I feel the pain like it was never gone. I listened to the great things it can do but it seems like they don’t last for me. Any idea what I could do, maybe adding more than 10 drops as I do now? I’m afraid to add more because the text says you shouldn’t. But I paid so much money on this tiny bottle that I want to try everything to get some relief..

  2. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hi Elose, thanks for letting me know your experience with Soothanol X2. I’m not surprised to hear the relief doesn’t last a lot, because that’s something specific for creams and topical products.

    However – 30 minutes is still very little, there should be at least several hours for a decent effect. So Soothanol’s effect is pretty weak. 

    Regarding your question, the label recommends using “a few” drops. From what I read, that’s about 2-3, not more. Considering you’re already using 10 every time (from what I understood), I think you’re already making the most of these drops. 

    I know you paid a lot for it, but I doubt it could work any better than this. Using half a bottle at once might irritate your skin pretty badly, so I wouldn’t recommend you. 

    There’s no real solution I could give you in this case, sorry. You can continue to use Soothanol, but it seems to be almost useless.

    What I recommend you instead is to use a joint supplement – because it treats the problem from the inside (especially the cause). So on the long term, your pain might even go away. But the main thing is that your arthritis will get better. Creams only hide the symptoms for a short while, but supplement treat the cause on the long term.

    So that’s what I advise everyone to use – the results are much better (I speak from experience here).

    Hope this helps.

  3. Richard Bratsie says:

    Really hate the smell of these drops, I can’t take it off unless I shower. I can’t shower several times a day, so I have to delay using it until I get home. Otherwise everyone will know I’m using a pain reliever, which makes me feel so old. I can feel a difference right after I use them and about 30 minutes after, but my pain returns quite short after. I’m not sure it’s worth all the work and showers, so will probably stop using Soothanol as soon as I finish this bottle. 

    Do you recommend any essential oil I can use instead? Something that keeps the pain away for longer, like half a day?

  4. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hi Richard, thank you on your opinion on Soothanol X2.

    To be honest, I’m not very surprised about any of the things you mentioned:

    – the smell is indeed very powerful, I also noticed it (but it didn’t really bother me that much)

    – the effect goes away quite fast, that’s true

    Now – that thing with short term effect is something typical for every topical pain reliever. They’re not meant to treat the pain or the cause, they’re only meant to hide the painful sensations or numb the area. Obviously, that only happens for a short time (3 hours in the very best cases, but sometimes less than 1 hour).

    So my advice for you would be to use an internal product:

    – treats the cause of your pain first

    – keep your pain to a lower level constantly

    – best solution on the long term

    The only downside is that these products might need a few weeks to start working – but it really depends from product to product. Some can even start working in less than 1 week (it happened to me).

    So my top recommendations are supplements – because they work both on the inside and the outside and I personally had best results with them.

    Regarding essential oils – CBD oil is probably the best choice, because it’s specially designed for pain. And don’t worry – it’s not made from the dangerous part of marijuana.

    Other than that, I wouldn’t recommend any other essential oils. If you can get CBD oil, try some regular oils – because they work as fine as essential ones:

    – Coconut Oil

    – Castor Oil

    – Even Olive Oil is effective for joint pain

    Thanks again for your opinion on Soothanol X2 and hopefully my answer is helpful to you.

  5. Norris says:

    Hi I’m using Soothanol X2 drops since last week and I get an itch on my skin whenever I apply them. It becomes red and very itchy. This goes away pretty much when the relief goes away too, which is 30 minutes after. It doesn’t bother me but I just want to know if it’s normal… or should I stop using this lotion?

  6. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hey Norris, from what you describe it – it shouldn’t be more than a minor allergy.

    I can’t really tell for sure, but if it always goes away on its own, I doubt it’s something serious. But it’s quite clear that Soothanol is causing it.

    It’s not something normal, but it doesn’t seem too dangerous either. So if you want to continue using these drops, feel free to do it.

    However – you said the effect goes away after 30 minutes, which is very little (even for a topical reliever). So this means that you apply Soothanol several times a day. The label recommends not going beyond 4 times per day.

    So this might be the cause of your itching.

    Let me ask you – did you experience this itching from the very first time you used these drops? Or it came up several days later? That could really make a difference.

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