So, we were asked a question on Twitter the other day...
@VapemateUK Hello, in this day & age why cant we have "organic" eliquid like we can get organic food & skincare products? Cheers— Martin (@Trotters80) February 16, 2014
Well before we get into it, shall we see what "organic" actually means.
Definition of Organic
1. relating to or derived from living matter."organic soils"
synonyms: living, live, animate, biological, natural.
2. (of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial chemicals.
For this question we are interested in definition 2.
There can be a lot of confusion about what makes a product organic
Many people believe organic foods are produced naturally without the use of pesticides or other chemicals, however people are mistaken! Foods certified as organic can be grown with the use of chemicals - albeit from a list approved by various organisations across Europe and the UK.
Organic foods have had some chemicals used during the growing stage but in much less quantities or at least a minimum amount.
Basically organic food is grown with "less chemicals".
So, can you get organic eliquids? Well by going by the above yes! in a sense but there maybe some sacrifices, lets take a look.
Propylene glycol - is a compound (a diol or double alcohol) with formula C3H8O2. It is a colorless, nearly odorless, clear, viscous liquid with a faintly sweet taste
Vegetable glycerin - or glycerol, is a clear, odorless liquid produced from plant oils, typically palm oil, soy, or coconut oil and has an organic molecular makeup.
Nicotine - is a potent parasympathomimetic alkaloid found in the nightshade family of plants (Solanaceae) and a stimulant drug
- Natural flavoring substances, Flavoring substances obtained from plant or animal raw materials, by physical, microbiological or enzymatic processes. They can be either used in their natural state or processed for human consumption, but cannot contain any nature-identical or artificial flavoring substances.
- Nature-identical flavoring substances Flavoring substances that are obtained by synthesis or isolated through chemical processes, which are chemically and organoleptically identical to flavoring substances naturally present in products intended for human consumption. They cannot contain any artificial flavoring substances.
- Artificial flavoring substances, Flavoring substances not identified in a natural product intended for human consumption, whether or not the product is processed. These are typically produced by fractional distillation and additional chemical manipulation of naturally sourced chemicals, crude oil or coal tar. Although they are chemically different, in sensory characteristics are the same as natural ones.
Many eliquid manufacturers offer "organic" eliquids and the trend seems to be 100% organic VG with natural organic flavorings and zero nicotine. Although technically "organic" by definition with having less chemicals and organic ingredients, they lack the proper certification as an organic eliquid being the final product because organic certification mainly applies to food products at present.
So, until eliquids can be included in the organic certification process you won't find any actual certified organic eliquids even though the ingredients used may be organic themselves.
Hope this answers your question @trotters80