12 July 2019

Velo (Nicotine Pouches) Mint & Citrus (4mg) - Review. 12 July 2019.

Today, we're going to be talking about Velo Nicotine Pouches, a new product from RJ Vapor, an RJ Reynolds company. Velo is the latest release in the growing nicotine pouch category, and joins other nicotine pouch products for sale in the US such as Zyn and Dryft. If you're not familiar with nicotine pouches, these are products that are similar to snus; Velo Nicotine Pouches are smoke free, spitless pouches that do not contain tobacco. This is a growing category for people who may want to quit tobacco, but not nicotine. These products have been available in Sweden and the US for years now, so it appears RJ Reynolds wants a piece of the action. They are launching in 70,000 retail stores in the US, first with 4mg. 2mg strength with follow in the Fall of 2019.

According to Reynolds, Velo contains "no tobacco leaf or other tobacco plant matter apart from the nicotine extracted from the tobacco plant". I've cut open a pouch so you can see what's actually inside the pouch. It's a very fine material. Their website says Velo Pouches consist of nicotine derived from the tobacco plant, microcrystalline cellulose, water, salt, sucralose, citric acid, and artificial flavor. As far as how it's made, I don't know. Reynolds has never been very transparent about how they make their products. I've tried for 10 years to get information about how their "snus" is made and have yet to hear a reply. So I imagine this will be much like that, a mystery about how it's made.

Velo Citrus 4mg

Flavor:  “A crisp and flavorful citrus taste experience”.
Contents:  6.5 gram can, 15 pouches, 0.43mg/pouch.
Nicotine:  4mg (not sure if that is in mg/g, or mg/portion)

When you open the can, the aroma is very citrusy and comes through as a sweet mix of lemon and orange. It may sound weird, but the smell reminds me of Pine-Sol. The pouches are the slim type, so they have a better fit in the lip. The material inside these pouches is very firm, and isolated to one side of the pouch, so I suggest breaking it up and fluffing the pouch to move it around a bit more. The flavor itself is a really sweet citrus taste, which seems to be mostly orange-y, but with a little lemon in it, too.  As far as the nicotine strength goes, I don't really notice much in these.  I have to use two to feel about the same nicotine strength I notice with one regular strength Swedish Snus portion.  I find the flavor, on average, lasts about 25-30 minutes.

Velo Mint 4mg

Flavor:  “A refreshing and cooling mint flavor experience”.
Contents:  6.5 gram can, 15 pouches, 0.43mg/pouch.
Nicotine:  4mg (not sure if that is in mg/g, or mg/portion)

When I first opened a can of this one, the smell was very familiar. It smelled just like Camel "SNUS" Frost. It has that really, really sweet mint smell. The Velo Mint pouches are slim, but unlike the citrus ones I find the material inside the pouch to be more evenly distributed; I didn't really have to fluff these much.  Usually with mint products, I notice a cooling presence in the lip.  I didn't really notice one with these.  I did notice a light tingle, but that was about it.  The taste of this is like a milder Camel Frost.  It's a very, very sweet mint flavor.  I find the flavor on these lasts up to about 25-30 minutes, like the citrus ones.  I don't notice much nicotine with these, but when I put in two it feels about as strong as one regular strength Swedish Snus portion.

Final Thoughts
In the end, I wasn't really a big fan of these.  And no, it's not because they're RJR products.  As a harm reduction advocate, I love when safer products are introduced in the US that help people quit smoking.  I'm not a big fan of Velo because there are much better products out there.  When it comes to the Citrus flavor, I enjoyed the Dryft Citrus (which you can get in the US) much more than the Velo Citrus.  Or, if you want to order online, Lyft Lime is a great tasting citrus nicotine pouch.  When it comes to the Mint flavor, I think Zyn's Spearmint has a much better flavor and nicotine delivery.  Or, if you want to order online, Lyft Mint is a great one, as well.


  1. Problem is you get the shitty Sinus pouches that fall apart after 10 mins. They weren't like that when the originally came out.

  2. Camel Snus pouches suck now cuz they fall apart after 10 mins. They used to be more durable. Prob the same for these I'm guessing. Does anyone make a pouch that's filled with mint leaves/herbs + nic? Like Elicit chew but in a pouch?