My Oxyrub Pain Relief Cream Review – Does It Really Work?
It’s time for my Oxyrub Pain Relief Cream review – because it’s one of the first creams I tried for my pain.
But looking at it now – it doesn’t seem too promising:
- pretty weak ingredients
- high price
- doesn’t work amazingly
So is this Oxyrub cream any good? Or it’s as basic as it seems at first sight?
In case you’re interested in it – let me give you all the details you need to know.
Note: This review is based on my experience with this cream (not on general info). I am not trying to praise/criticize the product or its company, I am simply telling my opinion about it.
So Let’s Get To The Review
Full Name: Oxyrub Pain Relief Cream from Dr. Pergolizzi
Sizes: There are two versions – 2 or 4 oz (I will focus on the 2 oz one).
Best Actual Price: $19.99
Where I Bought It From: Ebay, but you can also find it on Amazon.
Designed For: Minor joint and muscle problems – according to the label.
It also claims you can use it for:
- minor arthritis
- sore muscles
So basically – it’s only recommended for small problems, not for something serious.
My Rating: 3 out of 10.00 – It’s pretty weak overall.
Worth The Price?: Definitely not. It’s much weaker than other creams I tried:
- contains only 1 ingredient (in a low dose)
- doesn’t really work
- expensive for what it does
So I couldn’t possibly recommend it. If you want something that really works for pain, I suggest you to try a supplement.
What I Liked
- Not very liquid consistency
- Doesn’t leave greasy marks on your skin
- Smell is very light and pleasant (citrus scent)
- Available in many online retailers
- Lots of authentic reviews available
What I Didn’t Like
- Pretty weak ingredients
- Doesn’t reduce the inflammation at all
- Only works by numbing the painful area
- Also numbs the whole area where you apply it
- Pretty weak effect
- The 2 oz bottle runs out really fast
- Expensive for what it can do
#1 – Ingredients (6 out of 10)
To be honest, I was pretty disappointed by Oxyub’s ingredients:
- only contains menthol
- the dose is also pretty low
Now – there are indeed more substances inside this cream, but they are all inactive ingredients. So they don’t have any effect.
Anyway, let’s take a closer look at each ingredient from Oxyrub:
1. Active Ingredients – Menthol (1.25%)
Here’s how menthol relieves pain in general:
- Brings in a cooling sensation
- Blocks nerve signals for a few minutes/hours
In this way – your brain doesn’t receive so many painful signals, so it doesn’t feel the pain as much as before.
However – 1.25% is a pretty low concentration (compare to other creams).
So in my opinion, it’s not enough to provide a long relief (probably 1-2 hours at most).
2. Inactive Ingredients – here we have mostly:
- essential oils
- consistency agents
- substances that improve smell
So even though these ingredients don’t look bad – they’re useless in terms of effect.
Conclusion: Oxyrub has a pretty weak ingredient list.
It only contains menthol – and in a pretty low concentration. So it’s surely not a promising product.
#2 – Smell & Texture (9.50 out of 10)
At this chapter – things look much better for Oxyrub.
1. Texture – here’s what you should know:
- not as thick as I wished
- but it’s still not very liquid – so somewhere in between
- easy to rub
- soaks in completely in about 15-20 minutes
- doesn’t leave any greasy marks on the skin
So in terms of consistency, the cream looks pretty well.
The only downside I found is that it needs a longer while to get absorbed completely (about 20 minutes – depending on the layer).
2. Smell – I really liked it:
- very light fragrance
- feels like citrus
- different from most creams
In my opinion – Oxyrub’s smell is one of the best I’ve seen in a cream.
Even though it’s based on menthol – it doesn’t smell like it. Instead – it has a light orange fragrance that I personally love.
Conclusion: Oxyrub smells nicely and has an average texture – not greasy but not too thick either.
The only downside is that it soaks in pretty slowly (compared to other creams).
#3 – How To Apply It (8.50 out of 10)
As with most creams, Oxyrub is really easy to use.
Here’s what the label says:
- Apply the cream on the affected area.
- You should use it at most 3-4 times per day.
- It doesn’t mention anything about a thin/thick layer.
- Recommended for people over 12 years old.
Now – in my case, the effect would last about 2 hours at most.
So if I wanted a constant effect, I would need to apply Oxyrub about 6 times per day (excluding the night).
That’s already way more than the label recommends.
Conclusion: Even though Oxyrub is easy to apply, its effect doesn’t last for long.
So I personally had to apply it more often than the label recommends – which is not very safe, if you ask me.
#4. My Results (5 out of 10)
To be honest – I was kind of disappointed by Oxyrub’s effect (not that I expected a lot from it).
So here’s how it worked for me:
- It started working about 10 minutes after applying it.
- My pain did get slightly better – but the difference wasn’t huge.
- It went from around a 7 to a 6, if you want numbers.
- However, it didn’t decrease the swelling from my hands.
- Overall, it worked like an anesthesia.
- The effect lasted about 1-2 hours at most.
So basically – Oxyrub was weaker than 70% of the creams I used before.
It didn’t decrease my pain too well and the effect didn’t even last a decent time.
Now – don’t imagine I only applied a thin layer of cream. That wasn’t the case at all.
But even after applying a thick layer (that needed about 30 minutes to soak in) – the effect still didn’t get better.
Conclusion: I would surely not recommend Oxyrub. It’s really weak in terms of effect and the minor relief doesn’t even last for more than 2 hours.
It’s just an anesthesia – not a real pain relief.
#5 – Sizes (7 out of 10)
You can find Oxyrub in 2 forms:
- 2 oz
- 4 oz
Now – I bought the 2 oz size first, because I only wanted to test out this cream.
But I don’t advise you to get the 2 oz as well – here’s why:
- Extremely little quantity
- You can’t use it more than 6-7 times
- Runs out in less than 1 week (depending on how often you use it)
I’m not sure if there really are 2 oz in that small bottle – because it looks like less.
So basically – the 2 oz version is way too little to use it for more than 1 week. I’m pretty sure of that.
If you really want to try Oxyrub (though I don’t recommend it) – start directly with the 4 oz form.
It will be more pricey – but it’s more worth the money than the smaller version.
Conclusion: The 2 oz form of Oxyrub is way too little – it runs out in a few days, if you use it often.
#6 – Price (7 out of 10)
It’s definitely one of the main downsides of this cream, if you ask me.
1. The Exact Price – it could be better.
Now – as a cream alone, Oxyrub doesn’t seem extremely expensive:
- the 2 oz form costs around $15
- the 4 oz version is around $20
However – keep in mind that the 2 oz form may last less than 1 week. So considering this, paying $15 on it is certainly expensive.
2. Competitors’ Price – Oxyrub seems way cheaper than others at first sight.
But if you also look at other creams’ quantity – it doesn’t look that cheap anymore:
- Blue Emu costs $35 for 12 oz.
- China Gel costs $24 for 8 oz.
- Biofreeze costs $11 for 4 oz.
So you have to pay $15 for 2 oz of Oxyrub that run out so fast (that they feel less than 2 oz).
I would surely not recommend spending so much money on it.
Conclusion: Oxyrub is quite pricey for the quantity. Besides – it doesn’t even work too well, so it’s surely not worth all that money.
#7 – Other Opinions (6 out of 10)
As I somehow expected – there are many negative reviews on this cream.
Note: I only considered the reviews from real customers (not general ones).
1. What Other People Say – obviously, there were some good opinions as well.
But compared to other creams – Oxyrub has way more unsatisfied customers:
- Some people say it works, but it’s really expensive.
- Other say it didn’t help them at all.
- I also read some reviews saying it’s no better than most creams.
- Overall – most people complain about its high price.
So basically – I didn’t find as many satisfied customers as I would usually (in other products).
Conclusion: After reading all those reviews, I’m pretty sure that Oxyrub is much weaker than it claims.
#8 – Final Conclusions
Here’s how I would sum up Oxyrub in 3 ideas.
1. Basic Ingredients – actually, there’s only one ingredient:
- the others are inactive ingredients
Now – it’s not the only cream that contains only menthol.
But it has a much lower concentration – compared to others (only 1.25%). So at this dose, I doubt it can really help.
2. Really Weak Effect – Oxyrub didn’t work too well for me:
- decreased my pain only a bit
- the effect didn’t last for more than 2 hours
- it only felt like anesthesia
- my pain came back soon as strong as before
Considering the other reviews I read – I wasn’t the only one who got almost no relief from this cream.
So it’s surely not worth the money.
3. Quite Expensive – in my opinion, Oxyrub is overpriced:
- a 2 oz version costs $15
- but it ran out in a few days
- plus, it doesn’t really help
So compared to other creams, it’s expensive because of the really little quantity.
Besides – 2 oz of Oxyrub don’t seem like 2 oz of other cream. Oxyrub finishes much faster (in my case, at least).
That’s why I would surely not recommend this cream:
- neither in terms of price
- nor for how it works
My Verdict – Is Oxyrub Worth Buying?
Short answer: Definitely not. Here’s why it’s not a product I recommend:
- only one ingredient – in a low concentration
- really weak effect (in my case)
- needs a long time to soak in – compared to others
- doesn’t treat the cause of the pain
- expensive overall
Now – I’m not a big fan of creams, because they all treat the pain (not the cause).
But there are quite a few creams I do recommend.
Well, Oxyrub is way weaker than those creams – especially in terms of how it works. So I couldn’t possibly recommend it.
What do I recommend instead? A supplement:
- Treats both the pain and the cause behind.
- Works like a real treatment on the long term.
- The pain decreases much better.
- It’s cheaper overall.
So if you have arthritis or chronic pain – I really advise you to get a supplement instead of a cream.
The effect is going to be way better on the long term.