If you have been vaping for a while or are maybe just getting started you may find it a struggle to find a flavour you really like, you might even find yourself wondering what x or what y would taste like… or maybe even how x AND y might go down. In this post, we’ll take a look at what you’ll need to make your very own DIY eLiquid.
It might surprise you to learn it’s actually very easy and can save you some money too. It’s just like baking your favorite cake!
This is the base ingredient for a DIY eLiquid, you’ll find that the nicotine and flavour solutions are highly concentrated, so you need some sort of the main ingredient that holds your solution together and makes for an enjoyable vaping experience. There is generally two types of diluent you will use:
Usually just referred to as PG, is a colourless and odourless fluid which is often used to give a more realistic smoking experience as it’s said to provide more of an effect on your throat this is known as the throat hit. PG is also less likely to alter the taste than VG and carries the flavour just that bit better.
VG comes from vegetable oil so is always safe for vegetarians. It creates a vapor with a thick texture and carries a slightly sweet taste, it vapes a lot smoother than PG.
Both PG and VG are completely safe to use and are found in many everyday products like sweeteners, toothpaste, and asthma inhalers.
As you can see VG and PG both alter the vaping experience in different ways, this is why they are usually used in tandem. The ratio of PG to VG used is dependent on the desired experience but generally range from 70: 30 to 30: 70. If you are not sure you can start off with a 50: 50 concentration, that being equal parts PG and equal parts VG. You can then alter the ratio depending on how you find the vape.
The amount of nicotine added to your DIY eLiquid is dependent on the individual, some may require a higher amount than others – if you’ve vaped before than you’ll know what concentration is for you already. In fact, since the TPD came into force, we are now all pretty much using Nicotine shots.
Remember to take extreme caution when handling diluted nicotine, read the safety guidelines included thoroughly before use and handling. When working with nicotine always remember the following:
Avoid any direct content with skin and avoid having open bottles of nicotine for extended periods of time. It is advisable to wear gloves when creating your own mixes.
Children should not be around when preparing your own DIY liquids. Children should never be allowed handle any ingredients used, with particular care taken to nicotine.
Any equipment or surfaces that come into contact with liquid nicotine, especially equipment used, should always be cleaned after use.
Following the growing popularity of vaping, there are now hundreds of different flavours that you can choose from and experiment with. Unlike food flavourings, e-flavours are safe for inhalation so make sure you only use flavour concentrates designed for vaping. Any flavour you might be looking for is going to be sourced from experience so try and think of where you might have enjoyed it before. You will find ejuice flavour concentrates covering everything from drinks like coffee or wine; menthol and mint flavours are especially handy if you enjoy menthol cigarettes, and of course all your favourite foods especially the sweeter things in life. There is also a wide range of tobacco and fruit flavours available – ever wondered what a coffee flavoured tobacco would taste like? I know I have. Typically flavouring should make up 10% to 20% of the overall mix.