Apex Alchemy Ursa Major Review

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I was given the opportunity to run a sponsored log of 4 bottles of Apex Alchemy's Ursa Major via @nostrum420 @xR1pp3Rx and @Renew1. Below is a link to my log and some general information on Ursa Major and it's key ingredient, ursolic acid. I'll review a summary of my experience with it here.

My goal throughout this was to recomp. I began dosing 2mL, spread over my shoulders, pecs, and sides of my torso. I typically did this in the mornings after a shower. It was a slight oily texture with an essential oils smell to it. I remained shirtless for 2-3 minutes after application after which I put my shirt on. By that point it had dried and smell dissipated. I could notice no smell "rubbing off" on any of my shirts and was informed by @xR1pp3Rx that cross absorption from skin-to-skin contact is not a worry to be had. I did not notice any acute effects from the product but after about 2 weeks my wife persistently asked me if I'm losing weight. I asked what she meant and she said that I appeared to be more lean, that my abs showed more. My body weight had stayed the same, ranging between 202-206 throughout all the bottles, and towards the end of my run, I noticed I had to increase calories to maintain that weight. After around two weeks, I increased my dosage to 3mL until I was finished with all 4 bottles.

Pros:
-I decreased waist size. Weighing an average of 205, I noticed throughout the weeks that I had actually gone down 1.5" on my weight lifting belt and was in the prong hole I wore when I was 180lbs.
-Despite decrease in waist size, I could no longer fit in my size L shirts as I had added mass and have been comfortably fitting back into size XL shirts again.
-I've been able to comfortably wear size 32-33 pants, the same size I wore at 180-195lbs, but with some added (welcomed) tightness in the thighs.
-While focusing on bodybuilding movements and rep ranges, I had consistently increased strength in my lifts while remaining in an iso-caloric state and not specifically training for strength. I recently squatted 545x5 which is in line with numbers if I had been specific with strength training and in-line with a peaked 1rm of 635.
-I had an increase in vascularity that I typically would not have seen unless I was under 200lbs. My quads had rested tree branch veins, I had an increase in lower abdominal vascularity along with veins traveling up my obliques.
-2-3 times a week I get on my stationary bike for 15-30 minutes and stay in Zone 2. Throughout the duration of using Ursa Major I had been able to increase my average cycling cadence AND resistance while remaining 120-130bpm. This is a substantial increase in work capacity.
-Others have mentioned a thermogenic feeling but while I was taking it, it's not something I acutely noticed. However, after not haven taken Ursa Major for a couple of days, I've felt like I've been running cooler. So, perhaps it was thermogenic and I just didn't recognize it.
-After around a few weeks I noticed an increased level of hardness after application, especially around my pecs. I was able to get a nicely striated flex with it. Others have mentioned this effect earlier but it's not something I immediately saw.

Cons (but not really):
If you're going to use a transdermal it should be accepted that there will temporarily be a texture and smell. This can be off-putting to some. A friend of mine had tried using AET-50 but his girlfriend didn't like the smell so he sent me his bottles (score for me). I know this sentiment has been echoed by others on this board. I will say, though, the smell and texture dissipates. In fact, my wife has begun using Helios to help alleviate some symptoms of a chronic condition of hers and she's made zero ill comment regarding its application.

I know it's easy to gas up companies during sponsored logs. You want to feel like you owe them for getting free product. I refrained from jumping to any conclusions and did not report anything until I knew for fact that it was not placebo. I took advantage of Apex Alchemy's November BOGO and placed an order on Friday and said screw it and placed a second order on Saturday. I now have more Ursa Major enroute along with more Helios for myself and my wife, and Epichaos (which I have just begun today). If anyone is interested, I'll be more than happy to give a review on those products as well.

I highly recommend trying out Ursa Major. Decrease in body fat, increase in mass, and increase in work capacity. If you're weary, then take advantage of the many BOGO opportunities that @nostrum420 offers. Two bottles for $29.99 is a steal and would be a great run at 2mL. Other's won't question spending 30-45 dollars on a 1-month product and there's no reason to question spending it on this. I even convinced a non-forum member friend of mine to purchase Ursa Major & Epichaos and he placed an order on Friday. I have about 14 bottles worth of Apex Alchemy product being used between both my wife and I. This is the most product I've purchased from a single company.



"Ursolic Acid is a naturally occuring "triterpenoid" found naturally in apples, rosemary, basil, some berries and various other dietary and medicinal plants. Ursolic Acid naturally promotes a more fit and athletic appearance by promoting the body's intrinsic fat burning and muscle toning mechanisms. Additionally, ursolic acid may help to reduce inflammation and boost endurance. This amazing anti-oxidant also has also been investigated for it's anti-tumor, liver-protecting and even ant-wrinkle benefits!"

If you want some more reading, check out Ergo-log & Suppversity. They spoke about a Korean study done on bodybuilders supplementing with ursolic acid and showed a decrease in body fat compared to placebo and increases in IGF-1 and irisin.


*Any edits made to this post has only been typo & grammer correction*
 

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Thank you for your review!
 

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Surprised you didn’t notice the body temp increase 😳 The vascularity boost is insane on this stuff
 

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I honestly just assumed I run hot , which is typical of me🤷🏻‍♂️. But as mentioned, I noticed the difference in body heat the last few days.

Plus I'm in Louisiana and a "cold" November day here is mid-70's lmao
okay, okay fair lol. It’s cold af here now so I notice a difference. But helps me stay warm in the winter months 😂.

I’m about to apply 2.5ml and hit some pump session .
 
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I honestly just assumed I run hot , which is typical of me. But as mentioned, I noticed the difference in body heat the last few days.

Plus I'm in Louisiana and a "cold" November day here is mid-70's lmao
So you did 2ml all at once in the morning?
 
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Yessir. My other bottles deliver soon so I'm going to take 1mL Ursa & 1mL Epichaos daily and see how that fairs.
I’ve got 3 Uros and 3 Helios coming. I’ve ran Uros for a while now but always split up the dosage. Going to do 2ml in the AM and 1ml of Helios PM. I’m a big fan of Uros. It’s only the 2nd transdermal that I can say 100% works for me outside of hormonal products.
 
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Are you asking if it matters what part of the day you take it?
Yeah that's what I was getting at. I didn't figure there was but I'm dosing post evening shower so I thought I'd ask. 😉
 
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Yeah that's what I was getting at. I didn't figure there was but I'm dosing post evening shower so I thought I'd ask.
After I reread your post I figured out what you meant. The only thing about PM is it’s a strong thermogenic so I’m not sure if it would mess with peoples sleep. I don’t believe it gives you energy but it will make you sweat pretty good.
 
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I've been on Ursa Major for about 4 weeks now. 4mL/day. Haven't really noticed the thermogenic effect much.
 
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I've been on Ursa Major for about 4 weeks now. 4mL/day. Haven't really noticed the thermogenic effect much.
What?? 1.5/day had me obviously warm. You are the first person I have heard say they didn’t. Not that it’s required or anything, I’m just surprised.

You aren’t like applying it somewhere useless like over thick hair or anything right?
 
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I've been on Ursa Major for about 4 weeks now. 4mL/day. Haven't really noticed the thermogenic effect much.
Seriously? The first day I took 1ml I was absolutely sweating my guts out.
 
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I'm also one that doesn't notice the thermogenesis overly much. Applied to manscaped skin freshly dried out of the shower.

BUT...Ursa Major has turned into my favorite non "staple" supplement. Now it's actually a staple of mine lol. I've been running 3mL since I started my log in late September.

It's just a continuous recomp and increased endurance.
 
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No noticeable thermo here either, I thought maybe I was crazy.
 
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I'm also one that doesn't notice the thermogenesis overly much. Applied to manscaped skin freshly dried out of the shower.

BUT...Ursa Major has turned into my favorite non "staple" supplement. Now it's actually a staple of mine lol. I've been running 3mL since I started my log in late September.

It's just a continuous recomp and increased endurance.
Damn, so you're still noticing recomp effects at 3 months in? I've used oral ursolic a couple times and the first time it seemed effective but not as much the second time so I'm glad to hear you're having continued success! 👍
 
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Damn, so you're still noticing recomp effects at 3 months in? I've used oral ursolic a couple times and the first time it seemed effective but not as much the second time so I'm glad to hear you're having continued success!
Yup, continued success. There was only a few days I haven't been taking it. When I finished the log I realized I wanted to keep going so I ordered more and started right back up. I will be taking a break for a month to log another supp but I have 4 bottles to dive right back into.
 

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