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Butyl Nitrite (544-16-1) ready for use?

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Topic created by Andre
on Sat, 24 Jul 2021 at 11:17

Andre said on Sat, 24 Jul 2021 at 11:17...

Dear specialists, I have been interested in good poppers experiences lately and went to buy amyl nitrite ones, but I'm not quite satisfied. I read about butyl and isobutyl nitrite which is said to cause a more intense and euphoric effect. Now I've found butyl and isobutyl nitrite for sale at Merck from Sigma-Aldrich. But earlier, I read on here that when you buy the 95% stuff, it needs to be washed and mixed with preservatives and other procedures. I couldn't find any exact information on the topic now so I would very much appreciate your expertise.


Billy said on Sat, 24 Jul 2021 at 12:10...

You can buy ready to use butyl poppers from Artisan Cleaners or Golden Cock Poppers.

Andre said on Sat, 24 Jul 2021 at 14:13...

And they ship to Europe too? haha

Andre said on Sat, 24 Jul 2021 at 14:19...

Because Merck is shipping from Germany and that would be a lot better. But thanks for the info, appreciate it

Billy said on Sat, 24 Jul 2021 at 15:02...

Yes both of them do.

Nitritespecialist said on Sat, 24 Jul 2021 at 17:26...

@Andre...I bought 25mls of 95% n-butyl nitrite from Sigma...at a delivered cost of 80USD.....steep.

I had to wash the acid out of it because it stung my nostrils and made my blood pressure plunge. Once I did that, it was intense and tolerable. It smelled like very sweet bananas...and a Locker room.

Nitritespecialist said on Sat, 24 Jul 2021 at 17:27...

N-butyl nitrite is hard to make pure enough for fun. LRM in Canada admitted to this. They've been making poppers for over 20 years. Might be why they make mostly pentyl nitrite.

The Professor said on Sat, 24 Jul 2021 at 20:22...

N-Butyl was the alcohol in poppers for DECADES, even when vendors supposedly switched to isobutyl

Toby said on Sat, 24 Jul 2021 at 22:49...

@Nitritespecialist: Thanks. How can I wash the acid out of it? What is the technique?

Grateful for any help!

Nitritespecialist said on Sun, 25 Jul 2021 at 15:49...

@Toby...small amounts of baking soda/brine...say a few mls at a time. You can also use washing soda(sodium carbonate). You can wash in DW first and then use the baking soda/brine. Just pipette 10mls of the Nbutyl off from the 25 mls...and place in small glass jar. Add the wash solution and swirl. Repeat at least once...but you can do more as it shouldn't break down the nitrite too fast. Cold water is recommended since it's slower to break down the nitrite. The brine helps dry the nitrite. Remove all the waste wash water....and then add some clumps of anhydrous mag sulfate or sodium sulfate. Swirl. Let sit up to 20 minutes. Pour off onto either anhydrous sodium carbonate or potassium carbonate. Just a small layer should be sufficient. Leave the NaCarb or KCarb in the bottle...replace if the odor becomes acidic.

Nbutyl nitrite packs a punch and will evaporate fairly quickly, leaving a very sweet banana scent.

The Professor said on Mon, 26 Jul 2021 at 00:20...

Properly prepared N-Butyl nitrite does NOT smell like very sweet banana; it's a very light scent, like air with a hint of ginger ale.

If your N-Butyl nitrite smells like very sweet banana, then you're doing it wrong

Toby said on Wed, 28 Jul 2021 at 12:54...

@Nitritespecialist: Thank you for the information on how to wash the acid out of n-butyl nitrite.

MD_bottom said on Mon, 23 Aug 2021 at 00:07...

@nitritespecialist: When you ordered the Butyl Nitrite from Sigma, were there any special conditions on the sale? I've been wanting to try to order from them for several years now, but I always thought the sale would fall thru because I don't work in a lab, etc.

MD_bottom said on Tue, 24 Aug 2021 at 23:52...

@The Professor. Actually, he's right about the banana smell. Now, it won't smell that way when it's fresh. But when it gets old and weak, it will have a banana smell. I also remember that when the old poppers deteriorated, some sort of crystals would start growing in the bottom of the bottle. And I could use that a gauge as to how much useful life was left in a bottle of Hardware. I'm talking about real GLP Hardware.

The Professor said on Fri, 27 Aug 2021 at 20:55...


Sigma aldritch requires a business address to ship, and depending on the product, may have some questions as to your lab's spill containment policy.

I'd warn against buying nitrite pre-made from a chemical supplier; they aren't made with human inhalation in mind, and will have acid dissolved in the nitrite (harsh on the throat), as well as some acetates (various aromas by concentration.

Even the most cheaply made 'popper' can be made more tolerable by simply neutralizing the excess acid:


Fresh n-Butyl nitrite ihas little to no aroma, but as it ages, the acetates and some acids provide aromas that vary by concentration; everything from butterscotch to cheese to burnt rubber to juicy fruit gum to vomit to grapefruit, etc.


the other guy insists that well made nitrite of the butyl alcohols smell very sweet, and that is NOT the case

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