I’m always on the lookout for another tool in the arsenal of someone looking to quit dipping. Last month, I received 2 inquiries in the span of a couple of hours asking me if I’d tried / heard of Elicit Herbal Chew. Time for another review! Elicit Herbal Chew – elicitherbalchew.com – is the newest player in the smokeless alternative market and one that offers a little something extra (in some cases)… nicotine.
PLEASE NOTE: This review ONLY pertains to the NICOTINE FREE version of these products. I have not, and will not try the versions of this product that contain nicotine.
I would have had this review done quite a bit quicker, but I’ve been dealing with quite a few mouth issues as chronicled here. Elicit Herbal Chew comes in 3 flavors (Wintergreen, Mint & Cinnamon) and in 4 nicotine levels (No Nicotine, Half Strength, Full Strength and Extra Strength) and is available for purchase from their online store.
Elicit comes in nice metal tins with a screw top. This is a departure from the normal tins that tobacco is sold in and they’re a little smaller than standard tins, but I liked the heft that the cans gave. All 3 flavors smelled great when opening and they were packed full. Good value there. I was a bit disappointed with how difficult a couple of my cans were to open. This seemed to happen only after I’d opened the can for the first time but it seemed that on subsequent openings of the can it was VERY difficult to get it unscrewed. Not sure if it was my fault for closing it too tightly but something I wanted to point out. Also, they use flat shipping from their online store (which many do) but because of this it makes the cost of a single can VERY expensive. Purchasing multiple cans makes the shipping cost pretty negligible.
As KillTheCan.org supports the cold turkey method of cessation, I can’t say that I’m thrilled with an herbal chew that contains nicotine in any form. That said, I was very happy to see that the label on the cans is very clear if you’re getting a nicotine or non-nicotine version of the product. The full disclaimer on their website goes on to say what should be said:
Nicotine is addictive and habit forming; very toxic by nature and should not come in contact with the skin and if swallowed; danger of serious damage to health by prolonged exposure if swallowed; irritating to eyes and skin; may cause sensitization by skin contact; may cause harm to the unborn child; may cause drowsiness or dizziness; very toxic to aquatic organisms, may cause long-term adverse effects in the aquatic environment; after contact with skin, wash immediately with plenty of water and seek medical advice;
In addition to the nicotine warning, Elicit includes an expiration date on their product which I absolutely appreciate. I do have to give strong props to Elicit as they suggest that people gradually step down from their products that contain nicotine to their non-nicotine version. Whether or not customers do that… well, that’s another discussion for another time.
Wintergreen Herbal Chew – No Nicotine
I’m a former Kodiak Wintergreen guy so I always start with Wintergreen when doing my testing. Nice aroma when opening the tightly packed can. Product is nice and soft and holds together nicely. The cut I’d describe as somewhere between the chunkiness that Hawken offers and the long cut that Skoal or Kodiak Wintergreen provides. Good longevity with nice spitability. Good dark brown spit which is a plus for some folks. Very little float in the back of my mouth as I worked my chew and cleaned up good with a swish or two with a mouthful of water.
Mint Herbal Chew – No Nicotine
If I was a Kodiak Wintergreen guy first, I was a Skoal Mint guy second. Once again, great smell when opening the can and the Mint flavor was VERY moist which I liked. Good longevity and spitability once again with refreshing take on Mint flavoring which I’d put somewhere between Skoal Mint and Kodiak Ice.
Cinnamon Herbal Chew – No Nicotine
I’m not a big flavored chew guy and I’m not a big fan of Cinnamon chews in general so I saved this one for last. That said, I recognize there are some folks that love cinnamon and it’s a big win that Elicit offers it. Once again, good flavor and longevity. If you’re a flavored cinnamon fan you’ll enjoy this flavor.
- Good spitability.
- Long lasting flavor.
- Nice texture.
- Some versions contain nicotine.
- High shipping on single cans. (flat rate)
When I first heard of Elicit I have to admit that I cringed a bit. As you know, I’m VERY anti-nicotine so any product that contains it immediately has a strike against it in my book. That said, I know there are some people out there who are looking for a “starter product” when it comes to quitting. I’d warn anyone who’s getting these to truly understand which version of the product they’re getting and I’d urge them to go with the nicotine free product. I can’t speak to the versions of Elicit that contain nicotine, but the nicotine free products are formidable smokeless alternatives. All flavors offer long lasting chews which produce a great amount of spit in a nice dark brown color. All products are nice and soft and hold together relatively well in your mouth. Flat rate shipping may make getting a single can to try a little bit cost prohibitive, but if you’re looking for multiple cans this is a nice affordable chew and offers some different flavor profiles from other alternatives out there. It’s clear to me that the creators really do understand what dippers are looking for in an alternative product.
Special thanks to Mike from Elicit Herbal Chew for providing me samples to try and review.
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