Is isopropyl nitrite so bad?
I ask because recently I was fortunate to have a sample sent to me by the French company Liquidburning.com and my experience to my surprise wasn’t all that bad.
Now granted isopropyl nitrite is generally disliked by most popper enthusiasts and when I saw that the ingredients to the bottle they sent me of Liquid Burning were isopropyl I wasn’t expecting much – but that didn’t stop me.
|While not the best poppers as compared to the
PWD “gold standard” I was pleasantly surprised by their potency.
First the bottle I received was a pretty big bottle with a very wide opening – which I kinda liked. Also, they tout their poppers to be 98% pure (as also seen on the packaging). So, of course, I tried them out. Well, they sure lived up to their name Liquid *burning* because as I took my first hit they were very strong to the point of having a slight burning sensation in my nose. That, however, quickly dissipated and then it hit me – this is where I was pleasantly surprised: I got a major buzz off them. To say they were potent is an understatement. I took a couple more hits and was majorly f’d up.
Since using them a couple weeks ago, I’ve used them about 3-4 additional times and they’ve kept their potency pretty much. I’ve been storing them with the cap tightly screwed on at room temp and I’ve only noticed about a 5-10% reduction in potency.
Although I had a pretty enjoyable experience with Liquid Burning, there were also some things I did not find so enjoyable about them: 1) The odor was pretty strong and smelled like vinegar and 2) the lasting burning sensation in my nostrils. Both points could be the result of a high acidity in the formulation which could be easily “dampened” by adding a pinch or two of baking soda (which acts as a buffer and neutralizes acid). Unfortunately I have yet to try this myself so I cannot report as to the effectiveness.
So my verdict on these isopropyl nitrite poppers:
PROS: Pretty potent, decent effect
CONS: Vinegar-like smell, slight burning sensation
After emailing the kind owner over at Liquidburning.com and telling him of my experience he informed me that they are working on some new formulations. All-in-all my experience with their poppers was OK and I at least think they are worth a shot especially for my UK/Europe readers. (See their short advertisement here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FceM5VD9Z0.)
NEXT: I’ll be reviewing some poppers from the good folks at UKPoppers.com. Check them out in the meantime. They ship FREE Worldwide! Again, they’ll be isopropyl, but from my recent experience I’ll be looking forward to seeing how they measure up!
Sample(s) were sent at the discretion of the owners of the above listed online retailers.