This is the synthetic form of the most spicy-hot substance known to man. Just a few ppm will make your product fiery hot. How hot? Look at this Scoville scale. Capsaicin is the substance that causes the burning feeling in the mouth or nose (contact with any mucous membranes) and it also increases secretion of gastric juice. Capsaicin has wide usage in the medical field for relief of pain, and more recently has been shown to be effective in fighting cancers. Aversion Technologies offers a very pure form of nonivamide widely used in in industrial applications.

Non-lethal force

Nonivamide is the active ingredient in most pepper sprays. It is also being used by law enforcement in “paint-ball” guns as a powerful non-lethal weapon. When the spray comes in contact with skin, especially eyes or mucous membranes, it is very painful and completely disarming.

Pest deterrent

Nonivamide can be used to deter pests, such as adding it to birdseed which will deter squirrels but have no effect on birds. Insects are also unaffected.


Nonivamide is an attractive alternative to the currently used toxic metal-based anti-foulants for protecting submerged surfaces such as the hulls of boats.


Nonivamide is used in topical ointments and creams to relieve minor aches and pains of muscles and joints. Nonivamide is also available in large adhesive bandages that can be applied to the back. Concentrations are typically between 0.025% and 0.075%.

Research suggests that capsaicin is able to kill prostate cancer cells. The studies showed tumors treated with nonivamide were about one-fifth the size of the untreated tumors. One study suggests nonivamide may be effective against lung cancer cells and researchers in Canada are testing nonivamide as a cure for diabetes.