The fact that so many people are now using vaping as a means to give up smoking means that manufacturers have been encouraged to expand their range of e-liquid flavours.
Having said that, if you only ever use ready-made e-liquids, you’re only ever going to have the option to try flavours produced by commercial manufacturers, whereas if you learn to make your own e-liquids, you can have, literally, whatever flavour you want.
Making your own e-liquids is actually very straightforward; all it takes is some readily-available ingredients and utensils, plus some basic math (or access to an app which will do the math for you).
NB: Nicotine is a really powerful chemical, be careful to store (and use) it well away from children and animals.
A selection of reusable syringes.
Our recommendation would be to get a few 10-30 ML syringes for your base liquid and a lot more 1 mL syringes for your nicotine and flavouring. Likewise we’d suggest you want to get some syringes with thicker needles (as in 14 gauge or better) to handle the PG or VG.
NB: although reusable syringes are designed to be used more than once, they will need to be replaced eventually so take appropriate precautions when disposing of them.
Storage bottles, labels and gloves
NB: gloves are essential when working with nicotine as it can be absorbed through the skin and even at low concentrations, it’s a powerful chemical. For this reason, you need to take very great care to clean up any spills completely, especially if there are children or animals in the house, particularly cats.
Building your own recipe
Start with your base liquid. PG carries flavour better than VG but VG gives a thicker vapour than PG. Many people like a 50/50 balance of PG and VG, but it is entirely up to you. That’s one of the benefits of making your own e-liquid.
If you are creating your own e-liquid recipe, start by allocating your base liquid 100% of the total volume of the recipe and work everything from that. So, for example, if you then wanted to allocate 15% of the total volume of the recipe, the calculation would be:
100% base liquid – 15% flavouring = 75% base liquid
If you wanted to maintain a 50/50 balance of PG and VG, you would then get:
15% flavouring +37.5% PG + 37.5 VG = e-liquid
Now you need to think about the nicotine. This is commonly sold at 18mg strength, to adjust this strength (typically downwards), you adjust the amount of nicotine in the recipe. So, for example, if you wanted your e-liquid to have a final strength of 6mg, then you’d want it to contain a third of nicotine, which, for practical purposes, is 33%.
This would give you a final recipe ratio of:
33% nicotine + 15% flavouring + 26% PG + 26% VG
There is, however, a slight twist to this, which is that both nicotine solutions and e-liquid flavourings often contain Propylene Glycol, which means that you would typically add less PG and more VG to keep the ratio as it should be.
If all this sounds like too much math’s, head online where you can find apps and e-liquid calculators to do the work for you (and some of them can be downloaded).