Tuesday, October 1st, 2019
Mace Security International, Inc.
4400 Carnegie
Cleveland, OH 44103

The Origin of the Mace (R) Brand


Did you know?

Chemical Mace was originally invented in 1965 by Allan Lee Litman. Litman’s formula packaged phenacyl chloride (CN) tear gas dissolved in hydrocarbon solvents into a small aerosol spray can. Primarily sold to police forces, the name gained popularity over the years. The term “got maced” referred to being sprayed in the face with Mace® Brand chemical spray.  Due to the toxicity of CN, the chemical formula evolved over the years to replace CN with oleoresin capsicum (OC) pepper spray, made from naturally grown peppers grown around the world. OC also demonstrates superior incapacitating properties relative to CN.

Our company was founded in Vermont in 1987 and obtained an exclusive license to produce and market defense sprays under the Mace® Brand trademark. In 1993, the Company purchased all rights, title and interest to the Mace® Brand. We are the original Mace ® Brand!

Today, Mace® Brand pepper sprays contain OC as the primary active ingredient. The only other ingredients in Mace® pepper sprays are solvents and propellant. We go to great lengths to protect our great brand, so please, when speaking of pepper spray, please refer to the product as “pepper spray” if it is not a Mace® Brand product. If it is a Mace® Brand product, please refer to it as Mace® Brand pepper spray.

We pride ourselves on being the Original and Authentic Mace® Brand pepper spray, with our manufacturing facility located in Cleveland, OH.