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The furor over snortable bath salts like Ivory Wave and Bliss has reached a fever pitch. The United Kingdom has banned the products nationwide; Louisiana

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Ivory Wave Snortable Bath-Salt Knock-Offs Hit Seattle--User: High Is "Like Rocket Fuel," Hangover Is "Terrible"

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The furor over snortable bath salts like Ivory Wave and Bliss has reached a fever pitch. The United Kingdom has banned the products nationwide; Louisiana and Florida have too, while Idaho is looking to follow suit soon. So with state governments everywhere ready to poop all over the bath-salt-snorting party, a host of new companies (or old companies with new names) are selling the products as fast as they can--while they still can. But one user of a cheap Ivory Wave knock-off says to snort carefully, because some of the off-brand stuff is actually a lot more potent than the original.

"François" is a young bartender who lives in Belltown and talked to Seattle Weekly about his experience with Pure Ivory, a bath salt that mimics Ivory Wave in every way but name and, apparently, its effects on humans. He asked that we not use his real name.

He's done name-brand Ivory Wave several times and says it's like a mix between cocaine and Adderall, and that it gets him amped to party, but in a mild way--never with a bad hangover or any serious side effects.

Not so with Pure Ivory, he says.

"I tried the Pure Ivory for the first time [Sunday]," he says. "It was like rocket fuel. It made me a lot more wired. The last bump we took was at 7 p.m. and I went to sleep around 11 a.m. The come down was really intense--pretty terrible. I can't really condone it to anyone."

The "rocket fuel" label would seem to mesh with the product's advertising, which lists it as being "99.3% MDPV" which is short for methylenedioxypyrovalerone, the active drug in snortable bath salts.

Here's the ad, touting its benefits over Ivory Wave (it's a winner!):

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François orders his bath salt nose candy from the website premiumblendherbal.com.

Besides the Pure Ivory, which, packaging-wise, still seems to try to pretend that people are buying it to soak their feet in, the site also sells some other, more openly abuse-friendly brands.

There's Pure XTC:

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Trippin' Balls:

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And the most hilariously shameless of all, Bolivian Bath:

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François hasn't gotten around to trying other brands yet. He purchased the 250-gram package of Pure Ivory and has a lot left.

But don't worry--even though the brain-bashing hangover he experienced on Sunday makes him hesitant to recommend Pure Ivory to others, it doesn't mean he's done with it.

"I mean, we already bought it . . . " he says matter-of-factly. "I'll use it, just definitely not tonight."

 
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