Nicotine & Flavorings Info

The liquid used in electronic cigarettes, often called E-Liquid, is usually a base mixture of Propylene Glycol (PG) and/or Vegetable Glycerin (VG) with flavoring and/or nicotine added according to preference.  As the vapor is inhaled by the user they are able to both taste the flavoring and absorb the nicotine that is diluted in the E-liquid, if any.

Both PG and VG are considered GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) by the FDA and EPA.  They are common ingredients found in many of the foods we eat, cosmetics we use, medications we take, and common household items such as toothpaste, mouthwash, and soap. They are also used in the fog machines used in theaters and night clubs.

Ultimately, the E-Liquid mixture percentages of each user are merely personal preference based on the tradeoff between flavor, throat hit, and vapor production.  However, it is recommended for most devices that no more than 15-20% VG be used in the E-Liquid to provide a boost in vapor production without the negative effects of higher VG concentrations.

Nicotine Solutions

These products consist of the highest quality freebase nicotine diluted to a safer and more maneageable level with a mixture of USP Grade Propylene Glycol (PG) and/or USP Vegetable Glycerine (VG).  It can be vaped as is at the lower nicotine levels or diluted to an even lower level using USP Grade Vegetable Glycerin and/or USP Grade Propylene Glycol resulting in a great throat hit with little to no discernable flavor or odor.  However, most customers use this product to mix their own flavored E-Liquids by purchasing the higher nic levels and then diluting the solution with flavoring, PG, and/or VG (all sold separately).  This Do-It-Yourself (DIY) method allows you to completely customize the liquid and can be much cheaper than purchasing ready to vape E-Liquids.

***We do not recommend this product be vaped as is at the higher nicotine levels (60mg and above).  Doing so is at your own risk.  Most users dilute this product to 24mg or lower for use.

PROPYLENE GLYCOL (PG)

One of the main ingredients for mixing e-liquids from scratch.  PG is a very thin liquid that dilutes and carries flavors very well, making it the optimal base for mixing, but when thinned out even further by the addition of flavoring and nicotine it may produce less vapor.  Also, a very small percentage of the population experiences a sensitivity to PG that may present itself in a number of ways from throat irritation to skin irritation.  However, most people with this sensitivity are still able to use liquids that contain a lower amount of PG without any negative effects.  

VEGETABLE GLYCERIN (VG)

VG is a slightly sweet and very thick liquid in its pure form, which results in much higher vapor production than PG.  However, the downside to this thickness is that it may cause wicking, clogging, or burning issues in some devices if the VG concentration in the liquid is too high.  Also, due to the inherent sweetness of VG it tends to alter or dull the flavor slightly and reduce the amount of throat hit experienced by the user.  

Flavorings

We offer concentrated flavorings from several well known and respected suppliers.  Flavorings in their concentrated form cannot be vaped as is and need to be diluted for use.  The amount necessary to properly flavor an e-liquid can vary greatly from one flavoring to the next so some trial and error should be expected when mixing with a new flavor.  It is always best to start with a small amount of flavoring and work your way up until you reach the perfect mixture to avoid both wasting product unneccessarily and having to taste disgusting overflavored liquids (PRO TIP: when a liquid is overflavored it often tastes as if it doesn't have enough flavor, but also usually has an unpleasant "medicinal" aftertaste).