A Guide to Putting Together Your Ideal Eliquid Blend
Posted 3rd Jun 2016 to Vaping Style and Culture
Vaping doesn’t just get you off of cigarettes, it provides you with options you never had when smoking. You can choose how much of a throat hit you get, how much vapour your ecig produces, and the flavours you like. Here is a quick guide to how you can customise your eliquids to match your taste and style. Luckily, eliquids are affordable enough that you can experiment with different blends and flavours until you find the ones you like.
Step 1 - Determining your Propelyne Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG) Preference
Amount of Vapour - Vegetable Glycerin (VG)
Some vapers want to puff giant clouds of smoke, while some want to give off as little vapour as possible. The amount of vegetable glycerin determines how much vapour clouds you will get from your ecig.
Amount of Throat Hit - Propylene Glycol (PG)
Propylene Glycol is responsible for the “throat hit”, or sensation you get in the throat when you inhale. To be comparable to a traditional cigarette, you want to go with a higher PG concentration.
The PG/VG blend is a ratio, so you essentially have to decide which is more important to you - the clouds or the throat hit. The standard blend to start with is 70% PG and 30% VG, which is the highest amount of PG you can get with Vapemate eliquids.
Step 2 - Determining your Nicotine Percentage Preference
The nicotine percentage in your eliquid is usually determined by how many cigarettes you smoked before you made the switch to ecigarettes. Heavier smokers will want a higher nicotine percentage, while lighter smokers will want a smaller percentage. Under the TPD, the highest strength we can offer is 1.8% nicotine, or 18 milligrams (MG). This is appropriate for people who smoke 15-20 cigarettes, or almost a pack a day.
Most vapers set out to decrease their nicotine strength and therefore their dependency. For this reason, we offer 5 different strengths of nicotine - 18mg, 12mg, 6mg, 3mg and 0mg. As with traditional tobacco harm reduction products, the idea is to step down at your own pace. If you are starting off as a pack a day smoker, you may want to step down in strength once every 30 days to see how it affects you. While nicotine is addictive, you are still better off vaping than smoking cigarettes as it is the harmful compounds in tobacco smoke which affect you more than nicotine.
Step 3 - Figuring Out Which Flavours You Like Best
This is the fun part for most vapers - trying out new flavours. When you smoke, you are stuck with one flavour from your preferred brand. When you vape, you can try anything from tobacco flavours to fruit flavours to confectionary flavours - and many more besides.
To find your taste, simply select flavours that appeal to you on a regular basis - if you like coffee, try a coffee flavour. If you like sweets, choose a dessert or confectionary flavour. If you want to just try random eliquids, we have a Juice of the Week 50% off special released in our newsletter each Sunday and posted to our social media feeds - sign up for our newsletter or subscribe to any one of our social media channels to find out what the Juice of the Week is. It’s an economical way to find your faves.
Size of Bottle - Only 10ML Allowed Under TPD
Due to the Tobacco Products Directive (TPD), you don’t have much choice on this - you can now only purchase eliquids in the UK in 10 ML bottles. Vapemate’s elquids are fully TPD-compliant and include the tamper-resistant and childproof packaging that is required under the new laws. If you order 30 ML in our store, you will receive 3 bottles, and so on.