If you have been vaping for some time now, you will agree with me that one of the few disadvantages of vaping is the high cost of e-juice flavors. The cost gets crazier if you only prefer the more expensive or premium e-juice brands. Maybe you are among those who like to vape non-existent e-liquid profiles such as watermelon custard juice or pineapple tobacco. Well, if this is the problem you have been facing, there is actually a solution to it. Making a DIY e-juice for your desired or dream vape juice!
What is DIY e-juice?
Let me define it in the simplest term as making your vape e-liquid by mixing together the 3 primary e-liquid elements namely: base liquid of PG and VG, e-juice flavor concentrates, and nicotine. As a beginner starting out to create DIY e-liquid, it is not a must to use all of these elements. For example, if you prefer your e-juice to be unflavored, you may skip using flavor concentrates. The same applies if you want your e-juice to be nicotine-free. Although making your own e-juice may sound overwhelming, in actual sense it is easier than you think. Making a DIY e-juice does not require you to have advanced knowledge of chemistry. If you have ever made a cocktail, then making your own DIY e-liquid will not be a problem at all.
Things that you will need to make your own e-juice
Other than the method you will use to mix DIY e-juice and your preferred e-liquid flavor that you want to vape in the end, there are a few essential mixing supplies ingredients that you will need. They include the following:
Base liquid: – This includes the most important ingredient in e-liquid namely propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG).
Nicotine: – This is optional. The strength of nicotine you decide to purchase relies on your nicotine level preference. As a beginner just getting into DIY e-juice, a 100 mL bottle of 36 or 48 mg/mL nicotine is enough.
Water-soluble e-juice flavor concentrates: – They determine the ultimate taste of your e-liquid. Currently, the vape product market is full of thousands of flavor extracts for e-liquids you can choose from. These flavor concentrates can be mixed to create countless never-done-before e-juice recipes. Alternatively, you can as well buy one-shots that contain multiple pre-mixed flavors. This is ideal for beginners introducing themselves to DIY e-juice making. Some major e-juice sellers like Flavorah also sell their own brands of one-shot concentrates.
Other than the above ingredients, you will need the following supplies:
- 100 mL storage bottles to store the base liquid
- 10 mL and 60 mL e-juice bottles
- Sticky labels
- Disposable gloves
You will need the following equipment depending on the mixing method you preferred:
A selection of syringes for mixing by volume (10-30 mL for the base liquid and 1 mL syringe for flavor concentrates and nicotine).
An electronic scale weighs from 0.01 to 200 grams for mixing by weight. This will provide an accurate measure with all DIY e-liquid recipes.
Post DIY e-juice mixing
The following are some of the things you should do after you have made your e-juice:
Label your mix: – it is important to label your mix with PG/VG ration, level of nicotine, percentage of flavor used, and when the juice was created. The benefit of labeling comes when you have identified a perfect blend and want to recreate it.
Steeping: – You need to let your DIY e-juice a certain amount of time to let the flavors to settle and blend. It is important to understand that steeping varies with every mix.
Testing: – After steeping your DIY e-juice, you need to test it.
Storage: – After tasting and you are happy with the taste of your e-juice, you need to store it away from oxygen, heat, and sunlight. You also need to ensure that the e-juices are kept safely away from the reach of children and pets.
Creating DIY e-juice can be as complicated or as simple as you want it to be. It is possible to create a simple DIY e-juice within a few minutes or take a long time trying to come up with the best combination of flavors. It all depends on you. Try to mix a simple vape e-juice today. You never know maybe one day you will have your own vape juice brand or flavor like provided at Flavorah!