Here is our beginners guide to DIY e liquid mixing which you can use to make your very own e-juice. As you try to quit smoking you need an alternative that is pleasant, sweet, smells divine but still gives you that relaxing feeling without the harmful side effects. Vaping is the safest alternative to smoking and with the wide variety of vapers out there, don’t be left out. Most pre-packaged e-liquids offer a limited variety of flavors to choose from, most brands only have 10 flavors on their product list; don’t let a bland tasting vapour ruin your vaping experience. Have a look at how you can DIY (Do It Yourself) your flavors and turn your e-liquid inventory into every vapers’ envy!
Making your own e-liquid is comparable to baking a tasty cake; you need to have a clean working surface, all your ingredients on the ready, your equipment on standby and your trusted recipe to boot. It also helps to have a creative mind so that you can experiment with little tweaks to the recipe. Let’s get started!
The base – e-liquids need a base to act as a carrier for the concentrated nicotine and flavors; the most common options are a mix of distilled water, propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG). Depending on how thick you like your smoke or what type of device you intend to use, you can choose to mix PG and VG or use either on its own. The most popular PG:VG ratios in prepackaged e-liquids are 70:30, 30:70 and 50:50 but you can have some fun with this and find what works best for you.
PG is an organic chemical developed in a laboratory and utilized in many applications as a food preservative, medicine base and main ingredient in personal care products. It is thin and runny, does not have an odor or color and has a humidifying effect. On the other hand, VG is extracted from vegetable oils, has a sweet taste and pleasant flavor, is very thick and sticky and has a drying effect that produces a dry vapor which may not be comfortable on the throat. These two ingredients complement each other in terms of vapor quality, e-liquid consistency and wick absorption rates this is why most manufacturers prefer to have a mix of the two.
Nicotine – this is an optional ingredient in the e-liquid and may be recommended for cigarette smokers who need the occasional nicotine fix. Depending on how strong or weak you want the nicotine to be, use the correct mix ratio; note that nicotine has its own natural scent, flavor and color, the ratios used in making the e-liquid will determine how heavy or weak it is. Make sure to use diluted nicotine of a maximum concentration of 100mg/ml, this information should be clearly indicated on the packaging; do not use pure nicotine (1,000mg/mL) as it is hazardous and should only be handled by trained professionals.
Flavor – this is the secret ingredient to make your e-liquid have that zing. Flavors are mostly food extracts, be sure to buy flavors purposed for inhalation and not for food flavoring as they may be hazardous when inhaled; the consequences of using the wrong flavor in your e-liquid can be catastrophic to your lungs! Using more flavor is not necessarily going to make it stronger, use just enough at a time. You may even choose not to use a flavor at all, it all depends on your recipe.
Syringes and pipettes – find the right sized and appropriately graduated syringes from your local drug store; ensure to have more than one to avoid cross-contamination of the ingredients. This will come in handy when transferring exact amounts of e-liquid or ingredients between containers. Pipettes do not offer exact measurements so they may be best for transferring ingredients that do not need accuracy like distilled water.
Bottles and containers – once you have created each flavor you will need a storage container or bottle; try and find something with a drip tip or nipple to make sampling and testing much easier. If you are making the e-liquid in large quantities ensure to get the right sized containers.
Labels and stickers –now that your samples are ready, you do not want to forget which sample is in what container. To fix this, get some labels or stickers and label each bottle correctly, taking time to list the ingredients, ratios and quantities used in each sample. This makes a quick reference point for when you need to make a fresh batch.
Protective equipment – as mentioned earlier, some of these ingredients might be harmful if they make contact with your skin, eyes or mouth therefore it is important to make sure that you are well protected. Have some rubber gloves, face mask, goggles, apron and any other appropriate protective wear on hand; safety comes first always. Also use some plastic or paper covers to protect the surface you will be working on since some of the ingredients may be staining; remember to work in a well aerated and lit area.
Pen and paper – as you mix and match ingredients you may require different variations before you get that perfect combination so have a pen and paper ready to note down all the steps and measurements.
Vaporizer – you will definitely need this to test your creations!
Let’s get cooking
Suit up! – wear your protective gear.
Measure your ingredients – use your syringes to transfer the different ingredients to the mixing container; use a different syringe for each ingredient.
Mix them up – make sure the bottle is sealed and shake the contents for several minutes by hand or electronically; do this every time you use the e-liquid as the ingredients may separate over time.
Let it breathe – just like wine, e-liquid gets better with time. Let the e-liquid sit uncovered for some time, this is called steeping, to allow the ingredients to blend and the flavors to infuse the base.
A few days of steeping and you are ready to vape! Enjoy your creation and let your imagination and creativity bring out the best of you. If you feel that you are not ready to make your own vape juice just yet, you can buy premium e-liquid from Cloudz Vapour.