Oh So Juicy!
Vape e-juice, e-liquid or juice is oh so juicy and no matter what you call it, they have the same function, to vape! With literally thousands and thousands of flavours on the market we really are spoiled for choice but what’s in vape liquid?
Many Vape shops including our own make and create their own e-juice flavours but how do we do it? We only use high quality ingredients sourced from all over the globe to bring you great tasting e-juice. It is then up too our in-house juice maker Extraordinaires to create and test the flavours such as our Dragon Juice and Green & Gold range that you see on our shelves. The 3 main components are, VG, PG and Flavour Concentrate so let’s have a look at them all in a bit more detail.
VG v PG
Two main ingredients that make up e-liquid suitable for vaping is PG (Propylene Glycol) and VG (Vegetable Glycerine). Both PG and VG are found in a number of consumables including food, beauty and medical products. Despite what some people may think, they are not oils! This misconception is mostly down to the viscosity (thickness) of the liquid making it resemble oil. Inhaling vapour produced from oil (as in essential oils used in diffuses not car oil) can be extremely harmful. It can cause lipoid pneumonia and other serious health complications so never use oil in your device!
Vegetable Glycerine (aka Glycerol)
An odourless clear liquid that has a mild sweet taste. This natural non toxic chemical is extracted from.. vegetables! (good news for vegetarians!). VG has a thicker viscosity compared to PG, and is difficult to vape on its own therefore it’s mixed with PG. Higher VG % juice gives you a smoother “throat hit” and thicker clouds. Being a thicker consistency it can cause coils to clog more frequently. Some small coils can struggle with high % VG for that reason. It also has a slower absorption rate into wicking material that can make smaller coils work harder and not last as long. Just keep that in mind if you are vaping a high % VG and using small coils.
Also a non-toxic organic compound which is colourless, almost odourless and has a very faint sweet taste. PG is used to give a similar throat sensation to smoking a cigarette. It is also used in a lot of food products to help carry flavour, and it does the same for e-juice. Unlike VG, you can vape PG on its own but be prepared for a harsh throat hit and become prone to dry mouth and/or symptoms of dehydration.
Those who have an allergy or intolerance to Propylene Glycol, Aqueous Glycerine (AG) a great alternative. It is made from Vegetable Glycerine which has been diluted to make it a thinner viscosity like PG. As its thinner it should still be mixed with VG so it has the same consistency of a VG/PG mix.
As they do make a difference to how you vape, we offer two ratios being 50/50 and the most popular, 70/30. Coil and device type will have an impact on what ratio you use but it is mostly down to personal preference. From there flavour is added and mixed into the bottles.
Whats your flavour?
Sweet, sour, creamy, buttery, chocolate, tobacco, coffee, menthol, fruity? Flavours come in concentrates (like straight cordial not concentrate as in study) made from food grade natural and/or artificial ingredients. They can either be a single type of flavour for example Mango or a blend of multiple flavours to create something like Ice Coffee. Being a concentrate only a small amount needs to be added to the mix of VG/PG. In some cases, less is more as too much concentrate can cancel out flavour. It is a bit of a process and can take a few goes to master but luckily you don’t have to make your own if you don’t want too.
What is steeping?
To steep or not to steep, it is a little bit controversial but at the end of the day, each to their own. The process of steeping allows the flavours to develop and become deeper and richer. Like making a cup of tea, the longer you leave the teabag in, the stronger the flavour of tea will be. Juice is similar in that it will taste different from the first day its mixed to what it would taste in say two weeks time. Also different flavours need different steeping times to get a truer taste of that flavour. It’s all about allowing oxygen to help bring out flavours and help make for a smoother taste. Shaking your juice bottle can help speed up this process and keeping in a cool place like a fridge will slow it down.
Are they safe?
As VG, PG and flavours are used in many food products they are considered to be safe for human consumption. However, some people can find themselves sensitive to PG and some flavours. For example, if you are allergic to Strawberry, don’t get strawberry flavoured juice or a combination that contains strawberry flavouring. If you are experiencing an allergic reaction or any tingling sensation in your throat, stop using it immediately. Contact with skin may also cause slight irritation if this happens simply wash the area with warm soapy water.
Always follow the safety directions on the juice labels and keep out of reach of children and pets.
How to store your juice
Keep away from heat and direct sunlight! It’s best to keep your juice in a cool dark place and out of reach of little hands and paws. You can keep it in the fridge if you wish and is a pretty good idea if you have bought in bulk and have a lot you wont be using in a hurry. You may notice that the colour may change and go a little darker, and thats ok.
You too can be your own juice creator!! Want to mix your own flavours but don’t want to do it yourself? Our team can advise what will and may not go well together but we are more than happy to give your ideas a crack!