In this article I am going to get into the aspects for making your own e-liquid or e-juice. I’m going to cover the basics but also touch on a few advanced techniques as well.
To get started, first you will need some base. Your e-liquid base will consist of a mix containing Propylene glycol (PG) and Vegetable glycerin (VG), a glycerol. Both are thick, clear and odorless liquids that taste sweet. These ingredients are what gives you vapor production and can be vaped alone without flavoring, nicotine or other additives. PG is what gives you throat-hit, or that feeling and sensation during inhalation similar to smoking while VG has less sensation but produces thicker vapor clouds. You will want to find the perfect balance between these for your optimal mix. I recommend starting with a 50/50 blend, that’s 50% PG and 50% VG.
The next ingredient you will want is flavor. There are an infinite number or ways to customize your e-juice flavor blend. There are already hundreds, if not thousands of flavor concentrates to choose from, and each of those flavors can also be mixed and matched various ways. You will want to use a liquid flavor concentrate but make sure it isn’t an oil based. Oils can be harmful to your lungs when vaped. Most flavor concentrates are usually PG based and derived from organic, natural and artificial sources. You will need around 10% flavoring for each bottle of e-liquid you create but you will want to obviously adjust to match your preference. I’ve used anywhere from 5% to 25% of flavoring for my e-liquids and custom e-juice flavors.
Nicotine is optional for your e-liquid and e-juice. I know a lot of people that primarily vape 0mg (e-juice without nicotine), while I personally vape 6mg or 12mg depending on what setup or wattage I am using on my vape mod. You can also add caffeine, herbal extracts, and I’ve even seen e-liquids with vitamins in them as well. Just be sure to handle nicotine with extreme caution. I recommend using 24mg, 36mg or at most, 100mg nicotine liquids to mix your juice, anything higher can be dangerous if you get some in your eye or someone swallowing it accidentally. Always store nicotine in a cool dark place.
Advanced e-liquid mixing techniques include steeping with heat. Steeping is like tea, you basically let your flavoring soak up and seep into the PG/VG mix to enhance the flavor profile. A mixture of heat and shaking can expedite this process. Some e-liquid companies use heating and mixing machines for this process. You can however just toss your juice bottle in a drawer taking it out every once in a while to give it a good shake. Two weeks or two months, that’s how long I usually let my e-juice steep. But I’ve also been known to start vaping my e-liquid immediately after mixing it was well.
Good luck and let me know if you have any questions or need help with your DIY e-liquids.