ColdFlash from On Demand Global states it’s a patented cream that’s clinically proven to provide relief from hot flashes on contact. They state the product is hormone-free, completely natural, and starts working to lower the temperature of your skin the minute you put it on. ColdFlash adds that using their product will help you relax and may prevent future hot flashes as well.
Why am I getting hot flashes?
According to ColdFlash’s FAQ page, hot flashes affect 85% of women before, during, or after menopause. However, while hot flashes are most commonly associated with menopause, according to Healthline there can be a variety of factors that bring them on. Some medications (like Evista or tamoxifen) can cause them, but so can very spicy foods. Stress, strong emotions, or allergic reactions can also bring about this sudden, uncomfortable flushing of the skin.
But sometimes you can feel hot because you have a temperature or have a very warm house. A more serious reason for hot flashes is hyperthyroidism, but this is usually accompanied by sudden weight loss. Smoking and obesity are also culprits.
If you start getting hot flashes, it is recommended that you start keeping a diary of when they happen – note what you were doing and what you were eating. Also keep a list of all medications and supplements you are taking and talk with your doctor. After eliminating all other causes and you are of the appropriate age, they may order blood tests to see if you are indeed entering menopause.
What’s in ColdFlash that they say will help me with my hot flashes?
ColdFlash states on their website the ingredients are all natural and includes menthol, peppermint oil, flower extract, and ginseng root, which they claim exhibit calming and soothing qualities.
Menthol is indeed an extract of peppermint oil and found in many topical applications and decongestants (like Vicks VapoRub and Icy Hot). Menthol is said to activate a protein that tricks the body into thinking it senses cold. Ginseng root is a popular folk remedy with many different uses. The Mayo Clinic notes that ginseng may help with insomnia and mood, it doesn’t seem to reduce hot flashes.
A full list of the ingredients:
Water, Butylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, VP Polycarbamyl Polyglycol Ester, Sodium Polyacrylate, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth 6, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Laureth 4, Laureth 23, Arnica Montana (Montana Flower) Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Leaf Extract (St. John's Wart), Ginseng (Panax Ginseng) Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Menthol, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Oil (Peppermint), Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance
Conclusion: ColdFlash does have ingredients that may offer some cooling relief.
Menthol side effects: Generally, menthol is safe and well tolerated by most people; however, severe allergic reactions such as swelling and hives can happen in some cases.
What’s the proof that ColdFlash works for people with menopause or hot flashes?
On their website, ColdFlash claims a clinical study showed 100% of participants experienced a reduction in skin temperature as much as a 3.4 degrees Fahrenheit after it was applied. However, they don’t give enough information about the study to know if it was properly conducted. (To learn how to read a clinical study, click here.)
However, WebMD notes that there is still insufficient evidence menthol can help with hot flashes. And Menopause.org states that it’s likely that any benefit you have from products like ColdFlash is because of the placebo effect.
How much is ColdFlash on sale for?
ColdFlash is offered on their website and infomercial for $19.99 for two 1 oz. tubes and they say shipping and handling is free. ColdFlash adds that their product is eligible for Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) reimbursements. FSAs are a type of employee account that allows you to spend tax-deductible money on certain health items.
How do I get my money back for ColdFlash?
ColdFlash customer service: 800-372-6040.
ColdFlash offers a 30-day money back guarantee, minus what it costs you to ship it back.
Bottom Line: Is ColdFlash a “cool” way to treat my menopause or hot flashes?
As we outlined above, some of the ingredients in ColdFlash may help with temporary relief of hot flash symptoms (they key word here is “may”). And why you may cool down and say “ahhh” the moment it is applied, this may be due to a mental reaction more than a physical.
As we mentioned above, stress plays a big factor in hot flashes, so anything that relieves you, including the smell of peppermint, may help.
Consumer response to ColdFlash seems to be overwhelmingly positive with a 4.3 average rating from over 160 reviews on drugstore.com. Sixty-one people rated it as effective vs. just 15 that said it didn’t; however just 7 people specifically mentioned it was good for hot flashes.
On the other hand, Dr. Randolph Noble MD, the spokesperson for ColdFlash gets decidedly negative reviews, at least for his practice. On Vitals.com he gets just 1-star from 14 reviewers, who use words like “harsh”, “creep”, “psycho”, and “bad man”. However one of the commenters also said they could “see evil spirits clinging” to the doctor and concludes he probably works for the “reptilian government”. (Dr. Noble is also a psychiatrist.)
Conclusion: You may get relief from ColdFlash, but it is quite possibly just the placebo effect. This is not necessarily a bad thing – Menopause.org says a placebo can reduce occurrences of hot flashes by 30% – but it brings about the question as to whether you need to spend $19.95 for it. (A mentholated ointment rub we found sells at just $4.14 on Amazon.) We can’t say we recommend visiting Dr. Noble, either.
How to reduce hot flashes
If you’re feeling hot and bothered (and it’s not People’s Sexiest Man Alive issue), there are some things you can do to quickly reduce the duration and intensity of hot flashes.
First: Reduce stress. This is difficult, of course, but try to take deep breaths and relax more. You may want to learn to meditate.
Second: If you are overweight and/or smoke… you know what to do!
Third: Check the house temperature. Try to avoid rooms that are too hot.
Fourth: Wear a breathable nightgown and sleep with layers of blankets that can be taken off if necessary.
For more serious hot flash conditions, you should consult with your doctor about possible prescription medication.
We hope this helps you know more about ColdFlash. Let us know your experience below!