DIY Vape Juice - How To Make Your Own E-Liquid

Jun 12, 2023

DIY Vape Juice - How To Make Your Own E-Liquid

Have you always wanted to make your own e-liquid? Whether you’re looking to test your skills or want to create your dream flavour combination - we've got everything you need to make a range of vape juices from the comfort of your own home! Safety precautions are advised when making your own e liquid, but our easy to use E-liquid mixing kit makes the process simple and easy for beginners.

Check out our range of DIY e-juice here

  1. What Do You Need To Make Your Own Vape Juice?
  2. DIY E Liquid Recipes
  3. How To Stay Safe When Making Your Own E-Liquid
  4. Going further with DIY Vape Juice
  5. How To Make Your Own CBD Vape Juice

If this isn't for you, feel free to view our ready-made E Liquids. However, if you fancy taking control and creating your own, everything you need for making vape juice can be found here!

Enjoy all the flavours of Vapemate e-juice with our extensive selection of DIY eliquid bases, including PG and VG based e-liquid in the UK. And remember, blending has never been so easy with our very own e-liquid calculator!

How To Make E Liquids at Home

If you’re a vaping enthusiast, then you’ll likely know that the hobby can fast become quite costly. Particularly if you’re a flavour enthusiast and like to switch-up your e-juice regularly. We understand – with so many flavours out there it is impossible to stick to just a few, which is why we have developed an e-liquid mixing kit, allowing you to get creative with your flavourings, and to swap and change without having to buy brand new vape juice every time!

Creating your own e-liquids at home may sound daunting, especially if you’re brand new to it – but in fact it can be a pretty fun and straight-forward process! With our guidance, and by following safety regulations - you could be experimenting with brand new flavours in no time! But there are a few pieces of crucial kit you will need first!

What do you need to make your own vape juice?

Although there are a range of added extras you can include in your homemade e-liquid, for those who are beginners – here is a breakdown of the different equipment and ingredients that you will need, and what they are for!

  1. Safety approved empty plastic bottles – Small plastic bottles are a crucial piece of equipment, especially for beginners. Buying multiple will allow you to use a fresh bottle for each new liquid, reducing the risk of contamination from the previous flavour. Always ensure that the plastic bottles are child-proof
  2. Syringes – The key to creating great DIY e-liquid is accuracy. So when small, precise measurements of each ingredient are necessary, syringes make for the best solution.
  3. Safety gloves – Safety is of paramount importance when making your own e-liquid. For this reason, gloves are important and prevent nicotine from being absorbed into the body during handling, which can be hazardous.
  4. Propylene Glycol (PG) – Propylene Glycol, or PG, is a synthetic food additive which works as a base in most e-liquids. Safe for consumption, PG is used in a range of products, including food.
  5. Vegetable Glycerol (VG) – Vegetable Glycerol, or VG, is also used as a base for e-liquids but is much thicker than PG and offers unique flavourings for your vape juice. Most e-liquids will use both PG and VG.
  6. Flavour concentrates – Whether you’re a sweet tooth or love something cool and refreshing, e-liquid flavour concentrates are what’s responsible for creating bold, unique flavours to your homemade vape juice.
  7. Nicotine – If you are wanting nicotine in your e-liquid, you will want to opt for a Nic shot which you can add and adjust to create the desired strength.

Of course, there are other things you can include in your DIY e-liquid such as distilled water to dilute the solution. However, for those just getting started this is the absolute list of must-haves.

If you’re looking to get all the essentials in one go – our e-liquid mixing kit is the perfect solution! Containing almost everything you need in one kit, and at a highly competitive price – this is a great option for beginners.

DIY E Liquid Recipes

DIY Blending Your Own

There’s a variety of reasons why people blend their own e-liquid recipes – for some, it’s cheaper, for others it’s about getting the mix just right.  But it’s big and there are entire websites dedicated to DIY eliquid recipes, that come from the obsession of creating a great new blend.

And the possibilities for uniqueness are infinite.  You could create a blend as a gift, or enjoy the adventure of creating your own.  Tiger Blood Boil, Diablo’s Goblin and Holy Melon Balls are just some of the thousands of flavours found online that have been created by vape alchemists. 

When you first approach DIY Vape Juice it can seem daunting. There are many things to consider; nicotine ratio, getting the right PG and VG mix and of course that all-important taste.

But DIY e-juice recipes are not so different from pre-mixed e-liquids.  Think back to your early days of vaping.  Some flavours you liked, some you didn’t.  And you had to experiment a bit to get the right combinations of nicotine and e-liquid flavour concentrates and vapour.

For DIY crafting the basic ingredients are the same for all e-juice:

  • VG
  • PG
  • Flavourings
  • Nicotine (if you use it)

DIY E-liquid Recipes - A Look at the Blend

At Vapemate our nicotine currently comes in 18mg strength bottles.

Previously laws allowed larger strengths of nicotine, but a dose of 72mg Nicotine on its own is highly dangerous, so remember this is sold only to be diluted to an acceptable level.  As this strength is no longer available under EU laws, if you are able to get some be sure to dilute it properly.

Our nicotine also comes in either a PG or VG base.

Some people prefer to use the VG nicotine base if their desired mix is heavier in VG,  some prefer to use a PG base if the recipe is heavier in PG.  Some say it doesn’t make a difference. Others say there is taste difference between the two.  It’s a matter of personal perspective.

Making a Simple, One Flavour, Recipe

By far the easiest way to arrive at the correct quantities is to use an online eliquid calculator. 

You also need to make sure that your measuring devices can accurately measure the volumes, particularly for the smaller quantities of e-liquid concentrates and nicotine.

You should wear gloves, but if you do spill nicotine on your skin wash it off straight away because your skin will absorb it.

For this 10ml strawberry eliquid recipe we want to achieve the following:


- 50/50 VG/PG blend
- final nicotine strength of 6mg
- the nicotine base is seventy-two PG
- 15% flavour

Flavour is a personal choice but when you start out aim for 15% - 20%.

When you put the above through an e-liquid calculator your finished strawberry eliquid recipe looks like this:

Ingredient ml Percentage
PG 2.7ml 27%
VG 5ml 50%
Nicotine 0.8ml 8%
Strawberry Flavour 1.5ml 15%
Total 10ml 100%


Now you measure the parts and mix together.

Making a Two Flavour Eliquid Recipe

For this 10ml kiwi and lime recipe, we have changed the VG/PG ratio to 70/30.

- 70/30 VG/PG blend
- final nicotine strength of 6mg
- the nicotine base is seventy-two VG
- 20% flavour (2 x 10%)

When you put the above through an e-juice calculator your finished kiwi and lime eliquid recipe looks like this:













Kiwi Flavour



Lime Flavour







After the Blend

After blending, give the mixture a good shake - a really good shake.

Some people also like to steep their eliquids.  Steeping, which is essentially leaving the formula to mature or soften, allows the blend to mix together, and depending on the complexity of the blend doing this will dramatically improve the taste.  The effect might not be so obvious, or even necessary, on single-flavour recipes.

Another good idea is to label your bottle as soon as you’ve created your masterpiece – it's a good habit even if your recipe doesn’t turn out to be the masterpiece you planned.  It’s all too easy to lose a great recipe, or find one then not remember what its components are.

Nicotine Care

Nicotine degrades when it’s exposed to the air, heat or UV which can affect the taste of your eliquid.  Store it in a cool dark place - many people use an amber bottle, which helps combat the effects of sunlight.  Nicotine should always be kept out of the reach of children.

What Else You’ll Need

As well as your flavour concentrates, VG and PG liquids and your nicotine you’ll need to have the equipment for measuring the liquids.  Vapemate’s DIY eliquid kits come with 1ml, 2.5ml, 5ml and 10ml syringes for measuring accurate dosages, and 10ml and 30ml bottles for storing your recipes. There's also a pair of gloves to help prevent anything getting on your skin.

To sum it up you’ll need good measuring equipment – droppers, or measuring beakers if you’re measuring by volume, or good electric scales if you’re measuring by weight.  And you’ll need to store your finished recipes, so you’ll need a supply of storage bottles.

Making your own DIY eliquids is an adventure.  The recipe possibilities are only as small as you want them to be.

DIY and the TPD

The new regulations under the Tobacco Products Directive have affected vaping in every aspect. For DIY fans the TPD doesn’t effect VG, PG and flavourings because the regulations are concerned with nicotine.  But the maximum volume of a nicotine base is 20mg.

E Juice Recipes UK

If you enjoy blending your own try these e liquid recipes uk.  It’s. great starting point if you want to create your own diy e liquid recipes uk.

How to stay safe when making your own eliquid

Creating your own e-liquid from home can be a fun challenge which reaps multiple benefits; however, it must be done in-line with proper safety precautions. Whilst creating homemade vape liquid is not complex chemistry, failure to follow necessary safety measures can still result in hazards occurring.

The vast majority of ingredients you work with to create your own e-liquid are harmless, however concentrated nicotine in high doses can be dangerous if mishandled. It is for this reason that we highly recommend the use of safety gloves, which are provided in our e-liquid mixing kit. For added precaution, you could also opt to wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from nicotine fumes.

Aim to use a new, clean and child-proof plastic bottle for each new e-liquid you make. Doing so will help to avoid contamination from a previous batch. We also advise you work in a well-ventilated area, away from children and pets.

Having the proper equipment can go a long way in ensuring you remain safe when making your own vape juice. However, we have also included an in-depth guide and DIY e-liquid calculator to help you along the way.

Going further with DIY Vape Juices…

If this is your first time making e-liquid from home, then there is a chance that a batch or two will go straight in the bin. This isn’t uncommon and you shouldn’t be downhearted if your first few attempts are less than desirable. Practice makes perfect, and by using our e-liquid mixing kit, and following our handy guide, you can become more confident as you learn the best tips and tricks to create your dream eliquid.

Once you have that base knowledge down, you will find that the possibilities are endless as you explore different flavour combinations and play around with different base levels to create something truly unique. To ensure you stay accurate when it matters most, Vapemate’s guide, along with our DIY e-liquid calculator are there to help you through the trickiest parts of the process.

How to make your own CBD Vape Juice

Whether you’re new to CBD but have always wanted to try it, or have used CBD in other forms and now want to dabble with CBD vape juice – you’ve come to the right place! Here at Vapemate we stock a wide range of CBD vape juices, offering different strengths depending on what you’re after.

For those who have used CBD e-liquids before and are ready to try making their own, the process is a relatively straight forward one - especially if you’re familiar with creating your own e-liquids already. Of course, to ensure your own safety there are some precautions you should take, however in essence you can combine your favourite premade e-liquid with CBD oil to get a great tasting CBD e-liquid.

For full information on making your own CBD vape juice safely, check our indepth guide for further information.

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