Ah, the e-Liquid Review – The last time we reviewed the organically flavored e-liquids from Virgin Vapor it was way back on July 21st, 2012. To say that things have changed for Annette Rogers, owner and mixologist of Virgin Vapor) would be an understatement.
Virgin Vapor has become the place to go for 100% organically flavored e-liquid, and with good reason; Annette is a dedicated flavorist with talent to spare and her line of e-liquids are more than original, they are magnificent examples of what a true artist can accomplish with the right flavors, the commitment, and the passion to make premium e-liquids that carry the Virgin Vapors signature in each and every flavor.
Our time spent with these new flavors (new to us anyway) were some of the best vaping moments we’ve ever experienced in a long time. If you thought that vaping a rose influenced e-juice, for example, wouldn’t work, then you don’t know Virgin Vapors. But you’re about to.
But floral e-Liquids are just one part of this comprehensive review of flavors, albeit one I was very excited about. I had received an email from a reader who inquired about floral e-liquids and until I had read that email I didn’t even know they existed. And although not exactly exclusive to Virgin Vapors, the reader did mention VV by name so I simply had to include a couple in this “sequel” review.
What is Organically Flavored?
The food flavorings used by Virgin Vapor are considered “organic” because they do not contain any artificial colors, artificial sweeteners, or artificial flavorings. And although the FDA has considered food grade flavorings safe for human consumption whether they are organic or not, non-organic food flavorings are chock full of artificial colors and sweeteners and present with a totally different profile when compared to organics.
Organically flavored e-liquids just make sense to many vapers that are concerned about everything they consume, from food to vapor. But do organic flavored e-liquids deliver a better tasting, better ‘performing’ vape for e-cigarette users? I’m still not sure, but I do know the e-liquids we reviewed are outstanding examples this interesting genre of e-liquids.
Virgin Vapor Ingredients
Virgin Vapor’s ingredients include nicotine, organic vegetable glycerin, distilled water and certified organic flavors. Some organic flavors come in an organic ethyl alcohol base. Virgin Vapor will, on request, use PG (propylene glycol), and as a matter of fact, our e-liquids for this review were mixed eith 50/50 PG/VG ratios. In addition, if you prefer zero alcohol in your e-liquids Virgin Vapor has created a line of alcohol free e-liquids called the “Absolute Virgin Line”.
With the exception of the “Absolute Virgin Line”, all of the ingredients are made in the USA. With regards to the “Absolute” line some of the ingredients have been sourced from the EU, and are certified “organic” by the EU organic standards. No ingredients are made or sourced in or from China. The Nicotine solution used in VV’s e-Liquids is 100% USA made from hand picked tobacco leaves grown in North Carolina.
Lastly, all Virgin Vapor e-Liquids are free of nuts, gluten and sugar. They are Kosher and Vegan accepted. Oh, one more thing… because of their concerns over BPA leaching into certain plastic bottles or caps all VV e-liquids are packaged in glass bottles. And yet, with all of these extra efforts, ingredients, and painstaking production methods, a 1-ounce (30ML) glass bottle is a very acceptable $19.99 (for a premium brand).
Virgin Vapor’s Three Lines
When you visit the Virgin Vapor website you’ll discover 3 distinct lines of e-Liquids, the standard Virgin Vapor line, the ECO Virgin Line, and the Absolute Virgin Line.
VV’s standard Virgin Vapor line uses only USA extracted nicotine and organic flavors in a base of organic ethyl alcohol. With the ECO Virgin line VV uses the same organic flavorings but uses nicotine that is extracted in a laboratory in the UK. And finally, the Absolute line uses the same USA extracted nicotine used in the Virgin Vapor line but used with a different line of flavorings that does not contain alcohol. Don’t worry, it sounds more complicated than it is.
The Spinfuel e-Liquid Review Team
We chose 11 flavors to review this time around, and we tried to vary the e-Liquids so that they had the most appeal for the members of the review team. At the end of the day, I chose to let Tom McBride sit this one out and instead brought in John Manzione. This wasn’t for any of other reason then for Tom’s involvement in a few Spinfuel projects and I didn’t think it was fair to drag him into a 3-day commitment to vape nothing but Virgin Vapor and then meet up with the team and hammer out a comprehensive review.
The team consisted of myself and John, Jason Little, Angel, and Keira Hartley, all fine connoisseurs of e-Liquids. Don’t let John fool you; his is quite the connoisseur of e-Liquids despite his somewhat modest protests to the contrary.
Since Jason and Keira were successful bringing in a dripping method with their last e-liquid review we decided that all of us would spend at least a few minutes sampling the e-Liquid flavors with a drip atomizer. We picked up several inexpensive mini RDA’s from MyVaporStore ($9.00) for this very purpose.
Team Members and Hardware Choices
Here is a brief rundown of the equipment used in this review.
Julia Barnes – ZMAX w/RSST – Halo Triton & Clearomizer – SmokTech mini RDA
John Manzione – ProVari w/AGA-T and Joyetech eVic w/Smoktech 510 U-DCTank – Smoktech mini RDA
Jason Little – VAMO 2 w/ProTank – Innokin SVD w/iClear 30, SmokTech mini RDA.
Keira Hartley – ProVari Mini w/ProTank and Joyetech eVic w/iClear 30 and SmokTech mini RDA
Angel – Joyetech eVic (White) w/ProTank and a mini RDA drop atomizer from SMOKtech.
Each member of the team spent at least 72 hours vaping Virgin Vapors e-Liquid from the list of flavors below. However, this time I decided to allow the team members to vary their time spent with each flavor. Although extended times spent with a flavor can help with the decision of whether or not it qualifies as an All Day vape, as well as help determine certain complexities and nuances of certain blends, spending time with flavors the team member knows he or she doesn’t like within 30 minutes doesn’t do the e-Liquid any favors and could actually impact the score in a negative way. Think about being told you had to vape a flavor you didn’t like for 8 hours; chances are greater that you might think to want to punish that flavor rather than ‘grow to like it’. I’ve asked the members to note which flavor(s) they spent less time with so that you can judge their impressions in the proper context.
Virgin Vapor e-Liquid Flavors – The Review
All the e-Liquids sent for review were 50/50 PG/VG and .8mg “low” nicotine levels. Because our only experience with non-PG e-Liquids are limited to the new flavors coming from Johnson Creek, we believed reviewing a new set of flavors, especially a new “class” of flavors (Florals) the 100% VG liquids from VV would not have been the wisest choice. Having said that, our next Virgin Vapor review will consist of 100% VG. One other note about flavors, since we publicized this upcoming review a couple of weeks ago we were inundated with remarks about Virgin Vapor’s “cotton candy” and “Bananas Foster”, two of which we did not have, but will include in the next review or review as stand-alones in the near future.
Name & Description
Special note* Rather than repeat ourselves for each e-liquid we agreed that all 11 flavors produced an abundance of vapor and provided a small throat hit, which can be expected with a 50% VG mix and a low nicotine level. So, as you read our impressions on each of the flavors keep in mind that each one produces a splendid amount of vapor and a small TH unless otherwise noted.
Spinfuel Choice Award: Organic Bed of Roses (Absolute) – From VV: Organic Bed of Roses e-liquid brings you the pure essence of rose in a beautiful floral vape. This heavenly flavor is perfectly balanced with no perfume-y taste. This flavor is created from organic or wild crafted blossoms and is certified under European Organic Standards. It contains no alcohol and is extracted at temperatures below 118 degrees using a unique proprietary technology. The result is an amazingly pure floral vape that is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted!
Julia: 5 Stars – Why not kick off our review with this amazing floral vape! This was the first floral flavor I’ve had and I was sure it was going to taste very much like a flower, or at least very perfume-y. I suppose you could say I was shocked by the magnificent flavor by this decidedly un-perfume-y e-Liquid. I adore this Bed of Roses!
John: 5 Stars – I think anyone would expect a perfume-y taste from an e-liquid made from the essence of rose blossoms, but there isn’t even a hint of it. I found it slightly sweet, fully flavored with a delicate touch. I’m not sure if I would vape this all day, but I enjoyed it for several hours. Some people are going to find their next great flavor with this Bed of Roses.
Jason: 5 Stars – I decided to award 5 stars to Bed of Roses not so much for its rose taste, which was nice and delicate, but for its amazing balance. This is one of the most complex flavors I’ve ever vaped and a true marvel by the wizard that concocted it. If you have the slightest interest in a floral flavor this is one you must try.
Keira: 5 Stars – I couldn’t get enough of Bed of Roses and when I had vaped through my ‘allotment’ I went around looking for anyone who decided it just wasn’t for them. Unfortunately I didn’t find a soul. This will be one of my most loved all-day vapes.
Angel: 5 Stars – You can taste the beautiful, rich textures of a rose without the slightest hint of perfume, and I was so pleasantly surprised! When you lean down to smell a rose blossom the last thing you think about is eating it, much less inhaling it as a vapor. But somehow it works, and works beautifully. Impressed beyond words, a memorable flavor perfectly done. Delightful!
Spinfuel Choice Award – Organic Blue Violet – From VV: “Have you ever wondered what violets taste like? There’s only one way to find out! This intense and unique flavor is lightly sweet balanced by an amazingly complex floral bouquet. This unusual flavor is sure to captivate your taste buds!
This flavor is created from organic or wild crafted blossoms and is certified under European Organic Standards. It contains no alcohol and is extracted at temperatures below 118 degrees using a unique proprietary technology. The result is an amazingly pure floral vape that is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted!”
Julia: 5 Stars – As much as I loved Bed of Roses this one has an even better tasting floral flavor. A bit deeper taste with a hint of sweetness that is so incredibly complex. These two floral vapes has broadened my e-liquid world in a very big way.
John: 4.5 Stars – Blue Violet has the same floral textures as Bed of Roses, but for some reason I found myself reaching for the Roses more often. Although a delicious vape in its own right, there was more of a floral sense to it than I’d like. Not much of a throat hit, but wow the vapor production was great.
Jason: 5 Stars – A completely different flavor than the Bed of Roses but every bit as fantastic. I never realized vaping a flower flavor would be so good. Unique, complex, somewhat serious taste, Blue Violet was delicious!
Keira: 4.5 Stars – I would have given Blue Violet 5 stars had I not experienced a somewhat perfume-y taste to it. The bed of roses had no such perfume-y presence so I was a little concerned about why this one would have it. That said, for some reason that bit of perfume-y taste worked pretty well. Violet wound up being a terrific flavor after a while.
Angel: 4.75 Stars – As much as I loved Bed of Roses I thought Blue Violet came pretty darned close, but not all the way. Everyone seemed to like it as much as the roses, but couldn’t get there. Loved the vapor with all of these liquids, and this was no exception.
Organic Lemon Rosewater – From VV: “The flavors of lemon and rose ripple over your tongue in delightful waves making this flavor a beautiful, refreshing vape that is both delicate and overwhelming! You’ll never look at roses the same way again!
Not recommended for use in certain types of plastic tanks.”
Julia: 3.75 Stars – Talk about delicate! The VV description fits this to tee. Since it is a blend of a tart lemon with that delicious rose flavor I didn’t think they blended all that great. Certainly a good flavor, but the tart lemon was a bit heavy handed.