About Australian Dream
Endorsed by TV personality Chuck Woolery, Australian Dream’s line of topical analgesics can provide effective relief for your pain, without any odors, burning, or greasy residue.
And compared to other pain relievers, Australian Dream’s products can give you the relief you want without any potentially harmful side effects.
For these reasons, Australian Dream is known as “America’s #1 topical pain relief cream.”
But hold your horses, honcho. Although Australian Dream’s manufacturer makes it seem like these products are the answer to your persistent pain, this might not actually be the case.
To explain why, let’s begin by taking a closer look at both of the products in Australian Dream’s lineup.
Australian Dream Pain Relief Products
There are two products that make up the Australian Dream lineup:
Arthritis Pain Relief Cream
Australian Dream’s popular Arthritis Pain Relief Cream uses 0.025% histamine dihydrochloride to provide effective relief of minor arthritis, muscle and joint pain. The cream can also be used to relieve sprains, strains, and bruises.
As always, Arthritis Pain Relief Cream is odor-free, non-greasy, absorbs easily, and won’t burn your skin, so it’s safe for daily use.
Back Pain Cream
Similarly, Australian Dream’s Back Pain Cream will provide relief of minor aches and pains associated with simple backache.
In fact, the only difference between these two products seems to be that Back Pain uses more histamine dihydrochloride at 0.050%.
What’s all this talk about histamines?
What Are Histamines & Antihistamines?
Any time you come into contact with an allergen (e.g. dust, pollen, environmental pollution, and even excess stress), your body releases chemicals called histamines. And whenever histamines are present, your body reacts by causing nose tissue to swell, watery eyes, sniffly nose, and itchiness.
Now, you’ve probably heard of antihistamines before. You know, all the different allergy drugs available at your local pharmacy, like Allegra, Benadryl, Claritin, Zyrtec, and so forth?
Well, these types of drugs work by blocking histamines. As a result, you don’t experience any unwanted side effects.
Which brings us to histamine dihydrochloride.
The 411 on Histamine Dihydrochloride
Based on what we just learned, we can immediately see that histamine dihydrochloride is a chemical that could cause an allergic reaction in some people. By its very nature, it’s an allergy-causing chemical.
Interestingly, there wasn’t a lot of information about histamine dihydrochloride online at the time of our research. But among six WebMD reviewers, the chemical had an average rating of 3 stars for satisfaction as of 11/11/15 (we’ll talk more about reviews shortly).
Many of these reviews specifically mentioned Australian Dream, so it might be the only commercial product using histamine dihydrochloride.
Yes, several reviewers claimed to have had a positive experience with histamine dihydrochloride. But unsurprisingly, many also complained of allergic reactions, such as itching, elevated heart rate, increased joint inflammation and pain, and more.
Despite the lack of detailed information available, the Australian Dream website claims their products work by “temporarily increasing the size of your blood vessels for greater circulation, which can safely and effectively reduces pain in the joint or muscle.”
So it might be that the histamine dihydrochloride found in Australian Dream is used to purposely cause an allergic reaction in your body, thereby boosting circulation.
In our opinion, it seems like you’re just trading one problem for another when using histamine dihydrochloride for pain relief. In other words, the allergic reaction might be just as bad (and potentially worse) that your minor arthritis or back pain.
Whew! We know that’s a lot of information to absorb at once. So let’s change gears really quick and talk about Australian Dream’s price.
How Much Do Australian Dream Products Cost?
You can’t purchase Australian Dream’s creams directly from the manufacturer, but they are available through a number of popular retailers, including Walgreens, CVS Pharmacy, Target, Walmart, and many more.
You can even purchase Australian Dream products online through Amazon.com and Drugstore.com.
As you can imagine, this means what you’ll pay can vary. But it seems to be about:
- Arthritis Pain Relief Cream: $18 (2oz), $28 (4oz), and $55 (8oz)
- Back Pain Cream: These were priced per store and weren’t available online.
All of Australian Dream’s products come with an Empty Jar Guarantee, which will provide you with a full refund, less S&H charges, in the event you’re dissatisfied.
To request a refund, call customer service at 888-600-4642.
Given the potential for allergic reaction and relatively high price (at least compared to other topical analgesics), you might wonder if Australian Dream is worth it. What are customers saying about their experiences?
Australian Dream’s Customers Provide Their Feedback
On Amazon, Australian Dream Arthritis Cream had an average rating of 3.9 stars, based on a whopping 789 reviews. Their consensus?
Most seemed happy with their level of pain relief, specifically mentioning they had tried everything else beforehand, to no avail. However, it’s important to mention that many of these 5-star reviews came from single-review accounts (or where all reviews were posted within a short period of time), which could be an indication they’re fake.
Despite this positivity, it wasn’t all roses. Many Amazon customers also complained that the Arthritis Cream caused allergic reactions (as we discussed above) and failure to provide pain relief.
Next, 12 Drugstore.com customers provided feedback about Australian Dream Arthritis Cream, where it also had a 3.8-star rating. Again, many people claimed it worked great at relieving their pain, while others complained of allergic reactions and no pain relief.
Finally, CVS.com featured 10 Australian Dream customer reviews, who gave it another 4-star rating based on the same pros and cons.
From a company perspective, Australian Dream (DBA Nature's Health Connection, Inc.) had an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau at the time of our research, with no closed complaints.
Now, let’s take everything we’ve learned here and come to a conclusion about Australian Dream.
Are Australian Dream Products Worth Your Time & Money?
Everyone’s body is different.
Sure, this might seem obvious, but it’s important to note. Why? Because what works great for one person might not work at all for another, which is especially true when it comes to pain relief.
For example: If you’re experiencing lower back pain, this could be caused by any number of things, such as an overworked muscle, a slipped disc, or even sciatica. And of these causes, a topical analgesic like Australian Dream will only address muscle-related pain.
But even if you are suffering from pain that Australian Dream can address, your body might not react properly when exposed to histamines. In fact, this alone could cause a worse allergic reaction and increase your level of pain.
Our recommendation? Even if you don’t suffer from allergies, be sure to talk with your doctor before taking a product like Australian Dream. And if you do have allergies, it might be wise to avoid it altogether.
If you feel like rolling the dice though, the company seems to stand behind their product with an Empty Jar Guarantee, and they appear to have a mostly positive online customer reputation to boot.
3 out 4 people found this review helpful
It's the sorriest pain cream I have ever wasted my money on and will never buy it again.
This product doesn't work. I tried it and had no relief of pain. All I did was throw 20 dollars away. I don't know how the company gets away with false statements.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend