My Oxyrub Pain Relief Cream Review – Does It Really Work?

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

My Oxyrub Pain Relief Cream Review - Does It Really Work?

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
  • backache

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



Oxyrub – A Quick Overview

Despite having a nice consistency and being easy to use – this cream is pretty weak overall:

  1. Pain relieving effect isn’t very strong.
  2. Doesn’t relieve stiffness.
  3. It does nothing for inflammation and swelling.

That’s probably why I found many negative opinions about it (more than in other creams).

Plus – for the quantities it has, it’s quite pricey.

You can find it in 2 forms – 2 or 4 oz.

However – I personally have the feeling there’s less cream inside (compare to other products).

So if you’re getting the 2 oz form – keep in mind that it might finish in just a few days.

That being said, you know what to expect from Oxyrub. So let’s get into more details about every aspect of it.

Now that you know what to expect, let’s take a closer look at each of its aspects.



#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:

  1. Brings in a cooling sensation
  2. 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:

  • My Oxyrub Pain Relief Cream Review – Does It Really Work?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.

My Oxyrub Pain Relief Cream Review - Does It Really Work?Here’s what the label says:

  1. Apply the cream on the affected area.
  2. You should use it at most 3-4 times per day.
  3. It doesn’t mention anything about a thin/thick layer.
  4. 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).

My Oxyrub Pain Relief Cream Review - Does It Really Work?

So here’s how it worked for me:

  1. It started working about 10 minutes after applying it.
  2. My pain did get slightly better – but the difference wasn’t huge.
  3. It went from around a 7 to a 6, if you want numbers.
  4. However, it didn’t decrease the swelling from my hands.
  5. Overall, it worked like an anesthesia. 
  6. 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:

  • My Oxyrub Pain Relief Cream Review - Does It Really Work?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:

  1. Extremely little quantity
  2. You can’t use it more than 6-7 times
  3. 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:

  1. Blue Emu costs $35 for 12 oz.
  2. China Gel costs $24 for 8 oz.
  3. 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:

  1. Some people say it works, but it’s really expensive.
  2. Other say it didn’t help them at all.
  3. I also read some reviews saying it’s no better than most creams.
  4. 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:

  • menthol
  • 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:

  • My Oxyrub Pain Relief Cream Review - Does It Really Work?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:

  1. Treats both the pain and the cause behind.
  2. Works like a real treatment on the long term. 
  3. The pain decreases much better.
  4. 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.

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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2 Responses

  1. Alex MR says:

    I loved Oxyrub, I used it when I hurt my ankle after a football match and it helped. Can’t tell if it’s weak or bad for arthritis, but for my problem it was really good. But it’s true that it makes you feel like under anesthesia, I could feel that for some hours after. Don’t know if it’s too expensive or not, my mom just happened to have it at home.

  2. Heather Pharm.D. says:

    Hi Alex, thanks for telling me how Oxyrub worked in your case.

    I’m not surprised it helped, since your problem was just an injury. These issues usually heal by themselves, creams only speed up recovery and keep your free of pain. But anyway – in your case, Oxyrub was just enough, you didn’t need something stronger. For arthritis it’s surely not the best thing, on the contrary.

    Thanks again for letting me know your experience.

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