Zone Smelling Salts

Zone Bear Down Steel-Blood

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39 reviews

Activation Method: Pre-activated and ready to use!

Intensity Level:  Advanced to Extreme.

Scent: Ammonia with pungent aroma of eucalyptus and peppermint.

Features: In collaboration with Travis "Papa Bear" Rogers, we created Bear Down Steel collection. Bear Down Steel Blood is a hybrid of our two most advanced and strongest salts, Bear Down Steel Golden Tides and Norse Blood. This is our unique red ammonia 12 ingredient formula compounded with properties of the gold formula.

As mentioned, Bear Down Steel is a hard hitting and highly advanced smelling salt that is not for beginners. Proceeds of sales support the Papa Bear Strong Foundation

Highly recommended that you have experience with Norse Blood Advanced or BDS previous versions before trying this one.

How to get the longest life out of my Bear Down Steel?
  • Twist the lid to open, DO NOT PULL or TWIST THE CLIP.
  • Make sure the seal is intact at the top of the lid. (Loose or cracked seals will cause the bottle to leak and kill the bottle quickly).
  • Make sure the lid is on TIGHT after each use.
  • Shake before each use and hit the bottom of the bottle (to get everything at the bottom of the bottle).
  • You do not have to completely remove the lid. (Cracking the top can hit just as strong).
  • For the biggest hit: Wait 5-10 seconds after shaking to crack the bottle.
  • Always remember to keep the bottle a full arm's length away from your face!!!
What are smelling salts?

Ammonia Smelling salts for weight lifting have been used for decades in boxing, lifting, and other professional sports. 

Smelling Salts are safe and effective if used properly. Smelling salts deliver a high potency of ammonia gas, opening the blood vessels and creating a rush of oxygen to the brain which creates an instance sense of clarity and focus.  

Zone Smelling Salts come in a powder form (ammonium carbonate ((NH4)2CO3H2O)).  When water is introduced with the ammonium carbonate, ammonia gas is released.

Look at our activation method above to determine if you need to activate your salts, or if it is already done for you.

Give Zone Smelling Salts a try and hit your next PR.


Users of Zone Smelling Salts must also be aware of the following:

• Understand the risks involved with smelling salts.
• Do not abuse or misuse smelling salts.
• Keep smelling salts away from children.
• Avoid contact with eyes, mouth or open wounds.
• Start at a full arm’s length away.
• Do not use if allergic or pregnant.
• Consult a physician before use.
• Use with caution and only as directed.
• Do not use in conjunction with alcohol consumption


Shelf Life: Around 6 months. Once initially opened the lifespan of smelling salts can last anywhere from 1-6 months depending how many times they get used/opened.

The more often fresh oxygen is reintroduced into the bottle the faster it’ll dry out and lose potency.*



Make sure to give the bottle a tap and shake before each use, this will allow the ammonia gas to rise to the top, giving you a clean and potent hit. 


Bear Down Steel is a hard hitting, highly advanced Smelling Salt series. These are NOT for beginners.

In collaboration with Travis "Papa Bear" Rogers, we created the Bear Down Steel series. The Bear Down Steel are commercial grade smelling salts and come in a custom steel bottle with a steel lid. They are vacuum sealed and Dry Activated™️.  

We created this version of smelling salts to withstand prolonged use and to take a consistent beating. These are extremely potent and are NOT for beginners. 

There are currently six variations of Bear Down Steel, the Original, Black Bear, Ion, Golden Tides, Blood, and most recently the Frost.

Proceeds of all BDS sales support the Papabear Strong Foundation


Liam is the founder, the chemist, and the creator of Zone Smelling Salts! His idea was to create an inactive smelling salt that would have a 100% life span (once activated by the user), an unlimited storage life, allow for safe shipping/traveling to anywhere in the world, and to not leak in the mail. From this idea, Zone was born in 2014 and has been evolving ever since leading to the most innovative brand of smelling salts in the world.

Customer Reviews

Based on 39 reviews
Adam Hickson

I own a gym in southern Illinois and we've blown up recently in the powerlifting world. We have had some incredibly amazing lifters crowd our gym and we've split into the morning and evening crews for group lifting. We've had 5-10 different smelling salts rotate our shelf at the gym, but only a few have been lasting. Some have hit really hard, but they're flashes in a pan and die out quick. Before anyone asks, we are seasoned veterans and take as good of care as you can with the bottles in terms of not letting any moisture in or forgetting to put the lids back on. Recently, a member of ours took first at a WRPF meet and one of the prizes was some Zone salts and they were game changers. After trying the bottle, I purchased the Steel-Blood for the rest of my guys to try, and they've been raving about it since. It is almost comical, but because of the difference in the salts we had prior, and what we have now, the first time users have been getting rocked. I also disrespected it when I used it by underestimating the potency, and it blew my face off. These are by far the best I've personally ever used, and I immediately bought the rest of the Bear Down Series to add to our shelf at the gym. Aside from the effectiveness, the scents are also distinct and I see members of my gym gravitating to certain ones. If I could rate it higher I would, and we are thankful to have this quality of salts at our gym.


These are amazing, they helped me hit a fight or flight with properly following the instructions I was able to crush a 315 lbs on the bench press


Some of the stronger smelling salts I’ve used

Disappointed w/ Consistency

Definitely a very strong smelling salt, biggest thing I've been disappointed with having only had this bottle about a week is it seems very inconsistent in how strong the whiff will be.

The instructions say to only crack the lid and keep it a ways a way but I was never getting a good smell that way and had to resort to taking the lid off to get a good hit.

Hoping this doesn't kill the longevity of the product.


melts your face