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Sneezing from homemade snuff

Hello everyone! I will been sniffing a few years now and finally starting making my own a few months back. I buy whole leaf tobacco, usually Virginia Burley and dark leaf frono with a little rustica mixed in. After about 3 pounds of experimenting I'm definitely producing a decent snuff with a great grind. The grind is pretty fine, about the same as wos winter warmer which I've compared side by side. When it's just the ground tobacco I have no problems snuffing it, bit as soon as I add anything I sneeze within a minute of snuffing. The additives I'm using are sodium carbonate and salt and I've been using different essential oils indirectly to scent. This last one I made smells almost identical to medicated #99, but making me sneeze so bad. I started making my own because I started going through almost a 10 gram Bernard tap box every day and I just can't afford that. Plus, I love to make everything I can myself. I really enjoy the process and hope to make an enjoyable snuff. Has anyone experienced this from homemade snuffs? I use high quality oils from the health food store and this happens no matter the oil. Any tips will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


  • I would have a problem finding something I could snort 10 grams(!) of per day and not sneeze. *shrug*
  • Lol. Well I didn't have a problem with commercial snuffs, never sneezed and never congested. I have a desk job too so I'm usually taking some pretty large piles every 30 minutes or so.
  • Sound like a contaminant may have got in the mix. Could been anything from soap residue to mouse droppings. Always work with clean instruments and distilled water. 
    My knowledge is worthless if not shared and applied . "Joseph McKenna"  
  • I'd be very careful with essential oils. Doesn't matter where you have them from.
  • Thanks for the replies. I'm very sanitary so I don't think that's an issue. I also brew beer so I am very familiar with sanitation. I am starting to think it is either the essential oils I'm using or maybe just not letting my tobacco age long enough after grinding. I am using essential oils from a decent source but have recently heard about only using oils that are labeled for consumption, any other input @michael ? I've also read that serious home snuff makers grind tobacco and glass jar it for 1-3 years before consumption and am thinking I may be rushing the process. With that in mind, I've ordered another 5 pounds of tobacco so I can get ahead.

    @Creator You probably have an allergic reaction to the oil. Why do you use essential oils ? I don't know anything about Snuff flavouring but I always thought they use artificial or natural flavours and flavourextracts mostly. 
    Maybe someone more advanced on this topic can chime in before someone hurts himself.
    Health Food stores sell alot of dubious stuff . Some oils might be harmless/healthy, others could kill you. 
    You shouldn't use essential oils until you've found one that is 100% safe for consumption. 
  • CreatorCreator Member
    edited March 2017 PM
    @Michael Great resources, thank you very much for the input. I think I'll keep grinding my tobacco and do a lot more research before adding them. After my post I did add some freshly ground cloves to 10 grams of my ground tobacco and did not have the same reaction so I do believe you're correct. Thanks again!
  • Very much agree about the oils used to flavor snuff need to be considered food grade or your asking for potentially serious health issues.
    I've been dabbling with essence flavoring to alter plain snuff flavor. All of them I use are water/ alcohol based and are not oil based. So I'm pretty confident this method of flavoring I'm using is not going to cause any health issues.
    Not to diss using oil based flavoring at all. I myself just not comfortable using them as I don't know enough about procedures and precautions involved in oiling snuff.
  • Thanks for your input @nicmizer ,between you and Michael and further research online I think I'm pretty well convinced now what the problem is. Thanks again for everyone's help.
  • Yeah, I have to agree with the others. The simple rule of thumb I would suggest to follow, is don't put anything in snuff that you wouldn't be prepared to eat.
  • EffyEffy Member
    @Creator - what have you found out via the online research?  Would be interested to know
  • @Effy Just after reading a few articles I'm just going to stay away. I've been checking out delosi food grade flavorings and I'm just going to try that route.
  • Try doing indirect scenting using the oils.
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