Rock Sauce


Manufacturer Description

Rock Sauce is the first and only warm topical pain cream designed for use with Rocktape. When applied directly to the surface of Rocktape, Rock Sauce soaks into Rocktape and slowly releases itself which provides cooling and warmth for up to 1 hour.

When used as a standalone topical, Rock Sauce provides both cooling and warmth, making it the perfect all-in-one treatment.


  • Rock Sauce can also be used for – Isolated muscle pain and joint soreness, Graston or A.R.T use, Skin cleaning for the application of Rocktape, Pre-workout warm ups
  • 20% Methyl Salicylate, 10% Menthol and .002% Capsaicin
  • Sold in 4oz and 8oz bottles
  • Retail – $20 for 4oz, $35 for 8oz

YMMV Review

Rock Sauce was created by the makers of Rocktape. A while back, I tested their Rocktape and was impressed by how well it worked for both performance and recovery. Since then I have been able to try some other Kinesiology tape, and it did not work as well. That is why I was excited when I got an email to test Rock Sauce. It can be used on its own and with Rocktape, which is something I have not seen before. I wish I did not have my share of aches and pains, but I do so this made for an easy decision to test.


Both Melissa and I have been using the Rock Sauce on our aches and pains over the last couple of weeks. We like using the Rocktape and now with Rock Sauce, we have paired them together. We tested it on the neck, lover back, upper back, and calves.

Design ★★★½☆

Ingredients (40%) ★★★★½

Scent (40%) ★★★★½

Sustainability (20%) ★☆☆☆☆

Rock Sauce has been designed to be the strongest and ultimate pain reliever and skin cleaner. The way they put it is they wanted something you could feel 30 feet away. It was made with 20% Methyl Salicae, 10% Menthol, and .002% Capsicum. These ingredients were used to give you a cold and hot sensation at the same time for ultimate pain relief. According to Rock Sauce, it uses nanosac technology, which penetrates tape and skin to deliver long lasting relief. If you have used some other products like BioFreeze, Power Flex, Ben Gay, or my favorite, Tiger Balm then you know what they are trying to accomplish with this. What is cool about Rock Sauce is they have designed it to be used with their Rocktape.

Rock Sauce has a similar scent to most of the comparable products. It has a bit of a minty menthol smell. Both Melissa and I liked the smell, but if you are trying to keep it on the down low, then like the other options, you will not be able to. Yes, it smells pretty good; it is just too strong to hide. Even days later if you still have the tape on you can smell the Sauce. For my reviews, I do try to rate products based on their sustainability. On a product like this, it is harder to do but since many of the ingredients are unknown to me, I gave it a score of one.Rock Sauce - Pre Rub

Performance ★★★★★

Resilience (30%) ★★★★★

Strength (40%) ★★★★★

Versatility (30%) ★★★★½

Of course, the key to Rock Sauce has to be how it performs. I am sure many people will have opinions over whether topical balms work or not. I am not going to discuss that as much from an overall perspective but rather how it works for me. Both Melissa and I have really liked using Rocktape to recover, now that we can couple it with Rock Sauce it even works better. The hot and cold seems to help loosen up loose muscles and while I have not been in lots of pain. The hot and cold feel of the Rock Sauce seems to help. I do not know if it reduces the pain or not but it either does that or just helps me not to think about it. Either way I like the results. Rock Sauce is definitely strong. When you put it on you absolutely feel it. Enough so that when I would keep the tape on for a couple of days. After I showered the Sauce would kick back in for some time afterward. Each day, it would diminish a little, but it would last a good three days which is really impressive. Of course, this is also because it was in the tape which helps.

What is really interesting about Rock Sauce is all the ways it can be used. It can be used as a balm both on its own and with the tape which is cool. It can also be used as a skin cleaner. Rock Sauce is not as greasy as some other balms, which is something we both really liked about it. This is why it can be used as a cleaner where others can’t.

Rubbed In - Click to See Larger
Rubbed In – Click to See Larger

Overall ★★★★½

Overall, Rock Sauce has become my favorite rub. The strength is what sets it apart from the others. Of course, I wish I never had any aches and pains, but that is not the case. So since aches and pains are going to happen, it is pretty cool to have something that helps me not to feel them one way or another. I do think what also really sets this apart from the others is how well it works with Rocktape. Combining the two together is what makes it shine. You can buy Rocktape in both 4 oz and 8 oz bottles. The 8 oz bottle is a better value, but it retails for $35. I would definitely recommend giving it a try with Rocktape. As always, Your Mileage May Vary.

Pros [field name=iFrame]

  • Very Strong
  • Long Lasting
  • Smells good
  • Works well with Rocktape
  • Not Greasy


  • Strong smell
  • Some may question benefits

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About the Author

I am an avid runner, cyclist, swimmer, hiker, climber, skier and many other activities that would make this list too long. I started Your Mileage May Vary Reviews in Early 2011 to combine two of my passions: sports and gear.

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