Whether you are considering creating your very own brand of e-liquid, or simply want to know what is in the e-fluid of your choosing, the following will be of interest. Keep in mind, of course, that there is more to throwing a recipe together then simply combining the ingredients. Think of it this way: three people follow the same recipe for baking a cake. In the end, however, each cake will taste differently, having its own characteristics, good points, and bad points.
There is a fine art to creating a desirable, usable e-fluid. That’s why the manufacturers of them are in business. If everyone could do it, everyone would.
All of that said, let’s take a closer look at what goes into the fluid that you use in your vape pen, mod, or vaporizer.
Five Basic Ingredients
Ordinarily, the five basic ingredients included in e-liquid are as follows: distilled water, diluted nicotine, flavoring, PG (propylene glycol), and VG (vegetable glycerol). Some imaginative do-it-yourselfers have added vodka rather than distilled water, and the nicotine is negotiable as well.
Liquid nicotine – VG or PG based diluted nicotine liquid is used in various strengths, or not at all. For those quitting smoking, the highest nicotine level is usually chosen. You can work your way down to the least amount, or no nicotine at all, if you so choose.
Flavoring – every day, different flavors of e-liquids hit the market. They can range from everything from tobacco flavors to freshly baked cookies to wild and fruity concoctions. Rather than food flavorings, these flavorings are made exclusively for inhaling.
Distilled water – basically, this is used to thin out the mix. It is not a particularly crucial ingredient. As mentioned earlier, creative individuals that like concocting their own e-liquid have experimented by replacing the distilled water with vodka. It provides more of a throat hit, as does nicotine, but they certainly get points for imagination.
VG or vegetable glycerol – naturally extracted from vegetables, this is similar to PG but is thicker with a hint of sweetness to it. It doesn’t particularly affect the flavor of your e- juice in either a bad way or a good way. Amazingly, it’s even approved by the FDA! (And you know how hard that is to achieve.) Most e-juices will have both VG and PG in combination, at varying levels. (Example 30/70)
PG or propylene glycol – another FDA approved ingredient, this is used in a seemingly unlimited number of products, including everything from cosmetics to food and tobacco items. It is an organic chemical compound that is odorless, colorless, and the preferred base for most e-liquids.
What’s Up With Nicotine?
Not everyone is a fan of nicotine. Some simply enjoy vaping for the pleasure of the experience and the flavor. With some, however, it’s what keeps them coming back for more. Medically, it elevates the heart rate, stimulates respiration, raises blood pressure, and stimulates the nervous system. As mentioned earlier, you can get as little or as much nicotine as you want, all the way down to zero. Technically, it is not one of the ingredients found in e-liquids that is considered vital. It does create somewhat of a throat hit.
If you don’t like the way nicotine makes you feel, switch to e-liquids that do not contain any nicotine whatsoever. You will still be able to enjoy the white fluffy clouds, delicious flavors, and the joyful experience of vaping.