New to electronic cigarettes and vaping? Want to find out more about eliquid? This short guide will give you all the information you need on what eliquid is and how it is made.
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WHAT IS ELIQUID, ANYWAY?
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ELIQUID: HERE'S WHAT'S IN THE MIX
Good news: There's not much to it. Eliquid only contains these 4 ingredients:
- Propylene glycol (higher PG = stronger throat hit)
- Vegetable glycerin (higher VG = more vapour)
- High quality flavourings (blended to create our range of flavours)
- Nicotine (0-3%)
Propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG) are responsible for turning the eliquid into vapour when heated by drawing in moisture from the atmosphere.
There are, however, key differences between the two, and because most eliquid contains varying ratios of PG, VG, and nicotine, you can control the quality of your vape by making an informed purchase.
Propylene glycol is a thinner liquid and produces less vapour than vegetable glycerin, but it produces a better throat hit. Vegetable glycerin is much thicker, but it produces more vapour and a weaker throat hit. It also tends to be slightly sweeter in taste.
The standard eliquid blend is 70% PG and 30% VG. Not all eliquid ingredients are always completely agreeable to everyone, so it’s a good idea to experiment with the ratio of the mix in your pursuit of the perfect blend. A good place to start is definitely standard blend (70% PG & 30% VG) or 50/50.
Most liquids are available in a ratio of PG/VG with varying nicotine strength. The standard blend is 70%PG & 30%VG. Sometimes people can be a little intolerant to either PG or VG and so it’s up to the individual to experiment with the ratio of the mix. A good place to start is definitely standard blend (70%PG & 30%VG), or 50/50.
Finally, know that you're in good hands. We only use the highest grade pharmecutical ingredients manufactured in the UK, EU or US in our eliquid and full Material Data Safety Sheets (MSDS) are available on request. We also have our eliquid tested randomly and periodically for quality using full GSM analysis. It's all made right here in the UK - NEVER imported.
SO WHAT NICOTINE STRENGTH SHOULD I USE?
These aren't definitive prescriptions, so treat these measurements as a guide or starting point.
|0% (0MG)||Just for enjoyment. Zero nicotine|
|0.3% (3MG)||For dripping or very light smokers|
|0.6% (6MG)||Smokers of 10 light strength cigarettes a day|
|0.9% (9MG)||For mid-strength smokers or heavy dripping|
|1.2% (12MG)||Smokers of 10 standard strength cigarettes a day|
|1.5% (15MG)||For moderately heavy smokers|
|1.8% (18MG)||Smokers of 15-20 cigarettes a day|
|2.4% (24MG)||More than 20 cigarettes a day, cigars or a pipe|
|3.0% (30MG)||We only recommend this strength for heavy smokers|
WHAT'S WITH THE TOXIC OR POISON LABELS?
There is only one ingredient in eliquid that's proven to be toxic, and that is the nicotine itself. In its purest form, nicotine is a poison, so it goes without saying that you should aim to use the lowest possible dosage.
There's also an incomplete (but growing) body of research on the effects of vapour. Scientists have found that, when heated to very high voltages, ecigarettes can produce formaldehyde. However, these levels were not representative of the way people actually vape. Some research also suggests that vaping can take its toll on the body in other ways, so while the jury is still out, use your own judgement on whether vaping is right for you.
- Always store your eliquid away from children
- Keep it in the child-proof bottles it is supplied in
- If it comes into contact with the skin, wash it off immediately
- Take care when refilling cartridges to avoid unnecessary spillage
- Avoid swallowing or ingesting the eliquid
- If you feel unwell, seek medical attention immediately
MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR ELIQUID
Keep it in a cool, dark cupboard -- away from children. Then, let your new flavours steep. Steeping your liquid improves the flavour by allowing it to blend at the molecular level. You will observe that the liquid will generally start to get darker after a few days of steeping.