Our recipe and processes are part of the secret sauce that keeps our company unique, but we’ve built our brand and following off of transparency, so here we’re going to dive into the ingredients we use and why they’re in Muscle Goo.
It’s important to know that because none of the ingredients below are classified and approved by the FDA as drugs, we can’t actually say that a plant that has been used for centuries to relieve pain is “pain relieving”. So, we use language like “may” “has been known to” and “one time my uncle experienced” to give you some insight into why the ingredient is in the product without stating that it unequivocally relieves pain like the corporate chemical industrial complex companies do.
As you may have heard–studies show that water is pretty great.
Hemp Seed Extract
Hemp is part of Goo’s secret sauce, and widely known to provide a variety of beneficial properties. Ours is steam distilled with all cannabinoids removed.
Meadowfoam Seed Oil
Oil from the North American Limnanthes alba flower — composed of 98% long chain fatty acids (which makes it super stable) and is what we use as part of Goo’s foundation.
A white fluffy powder compound for consistency.
Menthol has cooling local anesthetic qualities, and our crystals are made by flash freezing cornmint essential oils, the cleanest process to achieve that “cooling” anesthetic feeling that’s unbeatable after a hard workout.
Witch Hazel Distillate
Distilled from witch hazel twigs, included for its cooling and refreshing properties (and our wives swear by it’s powerful results on the skin).
Glycerin is a humectant (retains or preserves moisture) and solvent that can produced naturally (good) or synthetically (not as good). Our glycerin is naturally derived from plant oils, and included to provide the best on-skin experience possible when you use Muscle-Goo. Think of it as a natural ultra-moisturizer.
Aloe Vera Powder
The aloe vera plant has been applied to skin by cultures of all kinds for centuries and is widely known to provide relief and moisturize.
Matcha Green Tea Powder
We’re big proponents of drinking Matcha, and low and behold it does great things when applied topically too. This is one of our secret ingredients that started as a pure experiment and then became a surprising staple of our product recipe. Unfortunately for our competitive advantage, the FDA says we can’t keep it a secret, so here we are.
A pH balancing compound.
Sweet Basil Leaf Essential Oil, Citronella Essential Oil, Roman Chamomile Flower Essential Oil, Eucalyptus Leaf Essential Oil,Helichrysum Flower Essential Oil,Ginger Root Essential Oil, Scotch Pine Needle Essential Oil, Ravensara Essential Oil, Wild Oregano Essential Oil, Lemongrass Essential Oil
This list would be pretty long and repetitive if we didn’t condense some of the 19 essential oils here. All of these EO’s may relieve inflammation and pain, and people tend to find benefits in different oils, and that’s why we include a variety. For predominance, see the listing linked at the bottom of this page.
Black Pepper Essential Oil
Creates a powerful warming sensation, the perfect complement to menthol.
German Chamomile Flower Essential Oil
Especially high content of azulene–which is known for calming effects.
Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil
Like black pepper, it promotes warmth.
Pink Grapefruit Peel Essential Oil
Known to stimulate circulation.
Juniper Berry Essential Oil
May have relaxing properties. Also, Gin.
Rosemary Leaf Essential Oil
May increase circulation, relieve pain and reduce inflammation.
Spearmint and Peppermint Essential Oil
While having very similar properties, peppermint is much stronger and generally contains more menthol. Both are known for cooling and relieving properties.
White Camphor Essential Oil
White Camphor EO is a prominent ingredient in many massage oils and may be effective for cramping and sour muscles.
The whole Neem tree is folk medicine if you start doing some reading… It goes way back. The uses of Neem’s leaves, bark, wood, roots and fruits over the centuries are far ranging.
Ivy Gourd Extract
Extract from this tropical gourd is said to reduce inflammation.
There are a lot of doctor’s out there talking about how eggplant extract could possibly cure skin cancer. Muscle Goo does not cure cancer, we’re more focused on being a great workout complement, but Eggplant Extract contains a ton of Vitamin C and is known to have anti-inflammatory properties.
Studies have shown Henna has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties.
Basil Extract, Turmeric Extract
Frequently used as a treatment for pain.
Not only the color of your energy, Amber is extracted from fossilized resin from the bark of a tree you and I cannot pronounce (unless you’re a master horticulturalist, in which case, hell yea). It is said to have anti-inflammatory and regenerating properties.
Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate
Made-from-plant preservative booster.
Preservative, and regarded as a safe alternative to parabens.
For the ingredient list by predominance as seen on the label, click here.