Fuzion Vapor Review
When it comes to smoke juice I stick with American made juice. Juice made in China just worry me. I knew some people that lost their pets in the great pet food poisoning debacle a few years back. We’ve all heard about the lead in children’s paint a couple years ago. Let’s face it; a lot of Chinese businessmen just take too many shortcuts to profit in their manufacturing process. Like I said, I’m not comfortable with that.
So when I moved from eCigarettes full time to part time, supplementing my eCigs with a TGo from Apollo eCigs I insisted on an American made smoke juice. Up until recently that was Johnson Creek, and only Johnson Creek. (Hell, the name even sounds safe, doesn’t it?) And my eCig brand? American made smoke juice all the way. (Ed Note* that would be blu Cigs)
Over the past few weeks I’ve been trying out new juices made right here in the US. There are several, what I like to call, “Private Label” Juice Houses in the US, and some of them are excellent. Today I unveil the first, and so far the best, private label smoke juice maker that has been good enough to talk about; FuZion Vapor.
FuZion Vapor is a new company, very new. Its owner Shane Johnson (NOT of Johnson Creek) is passionate about smoke juice. His story is like many of our own stories. But, instead of settling on smoke juice that always left him wanting, Shane decided to make the best juice in the world. And he just might have done so.
Before I hand over the floor to Shane himself, I want to tell you about my experience with his juices. Maybe you’ll recognize something in what I tell you, and maybe FuZion Vapor will be your solution as well.
During the months that I was taste-testing dozens of eCig brands it felt like I had run the gamut from the good, the bad, and the “I’ve been poisoned”. A couple of brands were amazing, blu Cigs, South Beach Smoke, and Green Smoke to name three, and some were dangerously close to making me go back to analog smokes, namely NJOY and “eCig Brand”.
Some tasted bland, some like cardboard, and some just tasted old and musty. I settled on blu Cigs, and it was a tough decision, but because blu Cigs uses nothing but Johnson Creek smoke juice, and it honestly has the best tasting flavors.
I consider Johnson Creek to be the Gold Standard of large-scale smoke juice companies. While I enjoyed SBS and GS, and really liked their hardware, the fact that they could not tell me that their smoke juice was 100% American made, I could not commit to them. (Ed Note* Apollo eCigs also using 100% American Made Smoke Juice)
When I moved to the fabulous products made by Apollo, the TGo in particular (and their amazing VTube later on) I moved to filling my own cartomizers and cartridges with smoke juice that came in bottles. Our dear friend and major contributor Wendy Bivona, (owner and operator of Premium eCigs in Melbourne FL) sells Johnson Creek smoke juice,so I buy my juice directly from her. With the JC juice from Wendy and my hardware from Apollo and Wendy, I was all set.
Upon setting out to see what other American smoke juice I could find I happened across Shane’s FuZion Vapor. He has a very clean, very easy to navigate website at FuZionvapor.com and his juices all have cool names and cool descriptions. That is what drew me in. Good marketing, good graphics, high ideals. But, in the end, the proof is in the juice. Did FuZion Vapor have what it takes? I would soon find out.
I obtained a few 6ml bottles of flavors I thought would be nice to try. I’ll go over them in a minute. They arrived 2 days later. Setting up a few empty cartridges with the various flavors I set out to see if the juices were as good as Shane’s marketing.
What I “like” about Johnson Creek I LOVE about FuZion Vapor. Shane’s hand-made (yes, hand-made) juices have an awesome texture, rich flavors, and produce vapor amazingly rich and flavorful.
These are the flavors I have vaped to date.
Vacation: What drew me to Vacation was Shane’s description;
“Light tropical fruits with a subtle hint of coconut and an ocean breeze of light peppermint make this ejuice a relaxing change from your typical vape.”
Sounds awesome doesn’t? Now, the flavor I was trying to substitute for blu Cigs new Pina Colada. Man, I love this flavor. I can’t begin to tell you how many cartomizers of this stuff I’ve gone through. So for me, Vacation had to be a juice I could use when I wanted this non-tobacco flavor.
From my first puff to my most recent, Vacation has been a real delight. It was described perfectly. Tropical fruits, a bit of coconut, and a wisp of peppermint, this is truly a worthy vacation for any vaper-er. (i.e., a person who vapes)
So good in fact, I ordered a 30ML bottle, which will arrive today.
Next up is Dragon’s Breath: FuZion Vapor says;
“light, fruit vape blends classic dragon fruit with naturally sweet flavors that is complex from the initial draw. It has a warm comforting taste, but enough fruit flavor to keep it interesting.”
Again, spot on in their description. I love this! When FuZion states that it has a warm comforting taste they hit the nail on the head. If I were back home in New Hampshire, in the dead of winter, this is one I’d vape during the times I needed a little warmth, but still dreamed of being back in Florida.
Then there is the “Dean”
“This FuZion blend has a lightly sweet (yet full) tobacco flavor with a very smooth menthol draw. There is some complexity here, with a slight nutty and woodsy exhale.”
After vaping this flavor for the past 2 days all I can say is, I can’t say it any better than FuZion can. This is simply amazing. Such rich, tasty vapor! Thick and flavorful. You can definitely taste the sweetness, yet the tobacco comes through as well. It is complex to be sure, but oh so good!
Lastly, I tried The Griffin:
“This hybrid ejuice gives off a spicy, fruity draw, but a slightly nutty, candy exhale… but with a few surprises along the way.This ejuice is a perfect evening vape, and I have the extracts to prove it…”
Again, FuZion Vapor is right on the money with this one. This might be my favorite one, but I have other flavors to try first before I declare a favorite FuZion Vapor juice.
I certainly didn’t expect to like every flavor I ordered but it did turn out that way. Call it an unexpected pleasure.
Gourmet Smoke Juice
FuZion Vapor is a Gourmet Smoke Juice House, making hand-cooked, personally poured juices that mean the world to Shane Johnson. But, despite the Gourmet taste and presentation, FuZion Vapor’s prices are unbeatable. The basic size, the default size, when ordering is the 6ML bottle for $3.00. You can choose to go as high as 30ML for $11.50. They offer 10 and 15ML bottles as well.
FuZion Vapor offers nicotine levels from Zero to 24MG. I vape at 15-18MG, depending on the juice. I like the throat hit at 18ML, while my brother opts for the 24MG.
FuZion Vapor ships via First Class Mail, and when my brother in New Hampshire ordered 4x 30ML bottles it was $2.24 shipping, the same as mine at 3x bottles of 30ML going to about 120 miles south of FuZion Vapor’s St Augustine FL location.
So, on the road to discovery I have found a great juice house, where smoke juice is cooked in small quantities with exacting formulas that have come from the imagination of someone that loves to vape. FuZion Vapor is a passion project; Shane does it because he loves to do it. Because of this level of commitment and the utmost awesomeness of his juices, I fully endorse FuZion Vapor as urge every reader who vapes to order a few bottles and give this company a try.
To make things easier for you, Shane has offered our readers a whopping 20% off your order, no limits, on all FuZion Vapor flavors. That brings their 30ML bottle down to $8.50 a bottle! How can you NOT take advantage of this? (When you Checkout you will see a Coupon Box, just type in SPINFUEL to get your full 20% off.
As promised, here are a few words from Shane, taken from our discussions earlier in the week, and this morning.
Spinfuel: How did you come to vaping?
FuZion: I quit smoking in the summer of 2011 and tried the eCig route of quitting. As many have done before me, I tried the gas station type (NJOY). It was OK, and I was happy with the results… I then ‘upgraded’ to a mall type of eCig… (Smoke51)… “Hey, this is better”! Then after doing additional research, I purchased an ego-t (which I still use daily); and some ejuice.
As my taste buds started coming back, I migrated from tobacco flavors to fruity/bakery flavors. In the next few months I spent hundreds of dollars trying various ejuice vendors. Some were good, most were bad. One of my favorite hobbies is cooking. I’ve always had a knack for taking any ingredients and making an awesome meal. I figured I could do the same with ejuice. I got a DIY started kit and away I went.
Spinfuel: Was it hard to learn to craft your own juices?
FuZion: There’s a huge learning curve, and I continue to learn… but I loved what I made and had no intention of selling them. Then it came to me… I’m picky as hell, and if I like the juice; others will too. And that’s how it started. I flooded the vaping community with samples to get my name out there, and talked to some established mixers (such as UpStomp) and received great advice.
Spinfuel: When did you begin selling juices to the public?
FuZion: I opened my doors (as it were) on April 1st, and sales have increased weekly. Every customer that purchased juice from me has purchased again. This tells me, I’m doing something right
Spinfuel: How do you stay connected to your customers?
FuZion: I try to stay active with my customers on Facebook, Twitter, email and my website.
Spinfuel: You describe yourself as a “Home-Cooker”?
FuZion: Yes, I’m a small ‘home cooker’ and never plan to be anything else. While I don’t mix my juice and ingredients in a white, sterile lab… I do have a very clean workspace and take every precaution I can. Such as wearing gloves, head covering, mask, etc. I make small batches of flavoring once a week. This consists of a 120 ML bottle of mix per recipe… I take each order very personal. I mix each bottle as if I’m making it for myself and would never take any shortcuts.
Spinfuel: What would you say to any of our readers who might have some concerns about buying something that they inhale into their lungs from a small home cooker?
FuZion: For those concerned with safety and integrity of my product… The best thing I can say is that I do take each bottle of juice I mix very personally. Nicotine is what people are concerned with…. Most vendors use a 100mg dosage of unflavored nicotine and mix down. While its much more economical to do it that way; I use a 36mg strength at 100% VG and mix down. This is definitely not as cost effective, but it’s much safer to work with and well within the ‘safe’ margin… the most nicotine you would receive would be about 28mg because of the flavoring. But as mentioned, I craft my ejuice very carefully and pay attention to every detail.
There are scores of vendors on the market, and FuZion is not for everyone. Really, the most important thing is to find a vendor you trust and love… whatever it takes to stay off of analogs is what truly counts. I’d rather someone go to a different vendor and stay off of analogs then continue to smoke.
Spinfuel: Is there anything else you’d like to say to our readers?
FuZion: First, I’d like to invite your readers to come to our website and get a 20% discount on anything and everything they buy. Tasting is vital, and I believe that once you taste my juice you’ll continue to buy it for as long as you vape.
(Ed Note* Coupon Good until Midnight May 31st, 2012, unless otherwise stated)
Second, I put real customer quotes on my website and real reviews. If anyone has any question of my integrity, check out what people are saying…. Or, check out Facebook and read the comments….
FuZion Vapor Facebook: http://facebook.com/FuZionvapor