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aLedinha: Mini Cellulose Rolling Papers

November 20th, 2006 by Alex

aLedinha Front View

To follow up on the review of aLeda King Size Papers, we decided to get a hold of their little brother – aLedinha.

I went pretty in-depth with the last review, so this post will be more light weight with some additional observations. First, the aLedinha’s have the same distinct, embossed packaging just like it’s big brother. It also has those annoying little closing flaps. This pack comes with 50 transparent, cellulose based leaves. The packaging is pretty sturdy and won’t bend if you throw it into your backpack or anything. As far as size, they are equivalent to any 1¼” papers.

theFreshScent Product Recap
Category Papers
Company aLeda
Made In Brazil
Pros Odorless, tasteless
Cons Tough low-light roll
Price $2.50
tFS Rating 8.0/10

One thing these papers aren’t good for is low-light rolling. Good luck finding the seam without a flashlight. The shorter length makes them easier to control than the aLeda’s – less paper to handle in general. Also, the same deal goes as far as rolling these a little looser than your average paper. The cellulose just doesn’t breathe as well as thin, rice/hemp-based leaves.

It’s obvious there is a lot of interest in these papers. Maybe people just think transparent stuff is just plain cool, who knows? What’s for sure is these are healthier than your average paper and fun to roll. Not a bad combination at all.

aLedinha Inside View

aLeda: Transparent King Size Papers

November 7th, 2006 by Alex

Aleda Cover
We’d show pictures of a leaf, but the damn things are see-through…

There’s some buzz online about see-through papers appearing in the smokosphere. Science hasn’t figured out how to cure world hunger yet or create clean water sources for all but the rumors are true – we do have cellulose based, transparent rolling papers. Ahh, technology at its finest.

aLeda Papers is the Brazilian company behind this innovation. Made from natural vegetable cellulose (and completely gumless) – there is absolutely no taste, smell or odor in any leaf. The manufacturing process leaves out chemicals like lead or arsenic, making it a much healthier smoke. Box graphics are unique with bright colors and actual embossing of the logo. Only problem is a set of stupid little tabs that are supposed to keep the box shut, but really do nothing at all.

Aleda Inside-Fold Aleda Instructions

aLeda’s description says King Size, but the leaves are narrower than you might expect. Also, they’re slightly more difficult to roll because there is no crease and the entire paper wants to stick to itself.

These guys light very easily, the cellulose naturally wants to burn. Unfortunately, a few issues do surface once the papers are lit – the cherry doesn’t stay lit consistently. Airflow can also get restricted once you start approaching the end of each leaf – they just don’t breathe as well as hemp or rice based papers. This contributes to the nice, slow burn for the first 75% of the papers but hinders it after that.

Basically, these papers are pretty bad ass. They’ve got some positives and negatives, but damn will your friends trip when they see an invisible wrap. It just takes a couple of tries to learn how to roll the aLeda’s and then you’ll be digging them for everyday use.

The Breakdown: Price: $3.50 tFS Rating: 8.0/10

Juicy Blunts: Coconilla 100% Natural Leaves

October 26th, 2006 by Alex

Coconilla Natural Leaves

Hard as it is to imagine, mankind was rolling joints and blunts long before LLC’s were dropping strawberry-flavored wraps. How did they do it? By taking a natural leaf, wrapping it around some crushed herbature and smoking the hell out of it. It was never rocket science, but today’s technology makes enjoying the green leaf easier than ever.

Enter 2006 and Juicy Blunt’s 100% natural leaves. Our staff was looking forward to something more interesting than the everyday blunt wrap. Not sure what to expect, the ziploc-esque bag was ripped open and a strong coconut smell released. The vanilla in these wraps is understated compared to the overpowering aroma of coconut.

Pluck away.

Unfortunately, after the smell, things turn South. The leaves are wrapped in a big, gooey clump. They are covered in a brown, sticky substance that stains your fingers. There is no glue, so these take some real craftmanship to keep together. It’s probably a good idea to let the leaves dry for a couple of hours before using them.

A main aspect to point out is the shape of these wraps. Obviously, leaves aren’t made with perfectly straight edges, neither are these Juicy Blunts creations. The shape of your blunt is going to heavily rely on the shape of the leaf. Straight out of the packaging, getting the greenage tight inside its wrap is close to impossible.

Fortunately, there is an upside, and that’s smoking mother nature’s products. Post-rolling, these wraps smoke like a dream. Light, smooth and full-flavored – you’re going to find a hard time getting a better burn. Overall, we found that the 100% natural wraps are both more work and more reward. I don’t recommend them for the beginner smoker but can definitely see the appeal of these wraps to those willing to put in the work.

The Breakdown: Price: $2.50 tFS Rating: 7.0/10

Juicy Blunts: Sweet n’ Natural

September 11th, 2006 by Alex

Juicy Blunts: Sweet 'n Natural

Zen Smoke has a tendency to go wild and crazy when it comes to blunt flavors, but one wrap from their newest line goes away from this trend. Juicy Blunts Sweet N’ Natural ($1.50) aims to enhance the blunt leaf instead of morph it into something completely foreign.

The wrap itself smells exactly as advertised – a heavy tobacco aroma with a nice dose of sweetness. The blunt tastes semi-sweet and doesn’t add much of a taste to your smoke. This is fine though, because with a name like Sweet N’ Natural, I’d expect nothing less.

Juicy Blunts delivered on this one. It’s a nice change of pace to smoke something that isn’t imitating some tropical fruit or a mixed drink concoction.

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