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Just what is a can of Mace?

When you go to buy a can of mace what are your really asking for? There may be some 552362confusion in what ‘mace’ you are referring to. Mace has two connotations and the products are not the same. Both products were both used in warfare, law enforcement activities and as civilian self-defense products.  Both ‘mace’ products can temporarily incapacitate their targets. Also depending on where you live are restricted substances.

So what is the difference?

One is a chemical compound and one is a brand name. Once the chemical Mace also under the mace brand was used as a primary self-defense product, however today all of the Mace’s brand products are now are either straight OC Pepper Spray and /or OC /Tear gas combinations or  OC Pepper foam.

MACE (the actual chemical compound) has not been in use for over 15 years.  Chemical “mace” was first developed in the 60’s with an active ingredient called phenacyl chloride (CN). The Mace chemical compound is an irritant that is very similar to tear gas.   However, Mace unlike pepper spray will NOT cause inflammation of the capillaries causing temporary blindness, nausea, make breathing difficult as well as create a very strong burning or stinging sensation.

Today Mace ( is a trademark brand name like Nike, Streetwise, Fox Fire, Smith and Wesson, or Hersey’s and can encompass many types of products, including oleoresin capsicum (OC) pepper spray and/or orthochlorobenzalmalononitrile (CS) tear gas.

In addition, just case you want win a trivia question “Mace” is also a common cooking spice derived from nutmeg.  It’s considered a flavor mix between cinnamon and pepper or a more extreme version of nutmeg.  It is not related to the hot peppers or chemicals found in CS tear gas of OC pepper spray. We threw this in just in case you like obscure trivia.

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