Name e Format: Shrekk (French Riviera) – E-liquid 50 ml – received by the manufacturer
Nico: 0 mg/ml
Declared base: 50 PG / 50 VG
Expiry date: 01/2021
Devices: Uwell Nuchaku 80 W + Innokin Ares MTL RTA single coil 0.8 ohm (Kanthal A1 27 AWG 0,36 mm) with Fiber N’ Cotton.
Particularly impressed by the visual impact of its small stand during Vapitaly 2019, we decided to approach French Riviera, a new French company manufacturing e-liquids and aromas, to be able to add it to the vast family of e-liquids tested and reviewed by The Flavourist. Amandine, Marketing Director of French Riviera, welcomed us with such enthusiasm and so starting from today, we can offer you, first of all in Italy, some of the creations of this brand.
French Riviera is based in Fréjus on the French Riviera, a few kilometers south of Cannes. The company clearly emphasizes on its institutional site to produce 100% vegetable e-liquids, using not only vegetable glycerol but also vegetable-based propylene glycol; moreover the aromas used to formulate the different recipes of the brand are all natural and come from Grasse, the world capital of perfumes.
So why not try them?
Shrekk is an e-liquid ready to vape with zero nicotine sold in a 50 ml chubby gorilla. It has a nice shiny vintage-style label with all the information about the product and the manufacturer.
We could not find any Shrekk official description on the web; we only know what is shown on the bottle label:
Cactus & Citron
On the smell, Shrekk has a clear citrus note that stands at the forefront, dominating, as widely predictable, the aromatic scene of e-liquid; the strength of the lemon penetrates into the nostrils and is rather intriguing, to a very natural general tone. However, repeated pressure from the bottle does not allow any other type of aromatic nuance to emerge, and therefore we let to the vape test to unmask the presence any other ingredients in the mix.
The atomizer chosen for this test is once again the good, old and dear Innokin ARES MTL RTA designed by the famous youtuber Phil Busardo. Although it is a rather dated mouth to lung/ restricted flavor atomizer, I still think it is a product that is as ductile and performing as possible and perhaps among the most underestimated by the general public of vaper.
The first impression I receive from Shrekk starting to vaping it, is to find myself in front of a very courteous and graceful e-liquid, perhaps in some situations a little subdued. The aromatic score is pleasantly natural and its gentleness on the palate makes it immediately easy to receive. The sour tones of the lemon are the first to enter the scene during the inspiration phase but, compared to what one might expect, they are well contained in terms of incisiveness from a sugary bed that caresses the taste buds with extreme delicacy.
Sometimes, in the top notes, I seem to taste a well-sweetened and pleasantly thirst-quenching lemon juice. Even in the middle phase of the puff, Shrekk continues to preserve intact its gentle character and its innate qualities of an extremely natural product.
Pleasant, tasty and tireless, perhaps also because, as noted from the beginning, the aromatic load is discreet and contained, perhaps too much.
In the terminal breakers of the puff, the peaks of sweetness that until now have enveloped and limited the exuberance of the lemon, acquire structure and, from the sugary scents I can perceive slight nuances reminiscent of a cactus.
Now the ingredients that make up the Shrekk bouquet are finally both perceptible and their balance seems to me excellent. Lemon and cactus seem to balance each other very well within the entire aromatic score.
Shrekk can be savored with refined delicacy, showing the liveliness of the lemon side by side with the typically sweet taste and the fleshy pulp of cactus. A happy reminder of exotic atmospheres and shores.
This e-liquid is so friendly with the coils of our atomizers and above all to our taste buds, this creation of French Riviera has the undisputed advantage of being able to be vaped for a long time without risking that with time it will come to boredom. A perfect summer all day vape.
Its kindness, however, is also its Achilles heel because it is the result of an insufficient aromatic charge that removes a bit of energy and extra sprint from the e-liquid to make it more winning and captivating than ever.
Pro: Graceful and delicate fruity e-liquid with very natural connotations.
Cons: It could dare a little more in terms of aromatic load.