Ever wonder what's in your vape juice? What makes it sweet? Or what ingredient produces the enormous clouds?
It's important to know what you put into your body, or you'll never know if something is making you ill or feel uncomfortable. So if you've been vaping for quite some time, but you still don't know what's in your e-juices, then this blog is for you.
If you look at the ingredient list on your favourite e-juice, you may find it an overwhelming jumble of scientific terms. They all sound scary, but in reality, these are simply common ingredients found in many food products. For example, C7H8N4O2 is theobromine, a chemical from cocoa that gives a distinct chocolate flavour. Likewise, dihydrogen oxide, as intimidating as it sounds, is nothing but water. And just so you know, all chemicals used in vape juices are Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) for human ingestion by the FDA.
E-juice Base Ingredients
Because vape juices have extensive variations of flavours and characteristics, they will have diverse lists of ingredients. However, four essential components remain consistent for each vape juice made. These are Vegetable glycerin, Propylene glycol, Flavouring, and Nicotine. We'll tackle what each is for and how they can influence your vaping experience. If you're interested in mixing your own, you'll also need these ingredients as part of your DIY e-juice supplies.
What is Vegetable Glycerin?
Vegetable glycerin (VG) or Glycerol is a thick, clear, and odourless liquid extracted from soybeans or palm trees. It leaves a somewhat sweet aftertaste making it a popular ingredient in food, pharmaceutical, and even cosmetic products.
The viscosity of the vegetable glycerin in your e-juice affects the vapour you produce. The more VG is used in your e-juice, the thicker your clouds are. If you're fascinated by cloud-chasing (the art of creating large clouds while vaping), we recommend choosing e-juices with higher vegetable glycerin ratios to get bigger, puffier clouds. It also gives a soft and smoother throat hit, creating an easy and enjoyable vaping experience.
Try these e-juices with high vegetable glycerin, they're the best for cloud chasing:
- Jam Monster's Vape Juice Strawberry - VG/PG 75/25
- The Custard Shoppe Butterscotch Custard - VG/PG 75/25
- Monsta Vape Juice Screamo Mango - VG/PG: 70/30
What is Propylene Glycol?
Like vegetable glycerin, propylene glycol (PG) is a clear and odourless liquid that tastes faintly sweet. It's derived from petroleum and has a syrupy, slightly thinner texture than VG.
Propylene glycol has gained popularity to replace a toxic chemical called ethylene glycol as a food additive to bind ingredients and retain moisture. It's also commonly found in cosmetic products.
Propylene glycol intensifies the flavour in your vape juice. Hence, a higher ratio gives a sharper, richer flavour. Moreover, a higher percentage of propylene glycol gives a strong throat hit like smoking tobacco.
It's important to note that a few people are sensitive to propylene glycol. Therefore, if allergic reactions occur, such as a sore throat or skin irritation, it may be best to switch to a vape juice with a higher vegetable glycerin content instead.
For the best intense flavours and throat hits, try these e-liquids:
- Byron Bay Cloud Co.'s Blue Raspberry - RTV 65VG/35PG; Doublers 50VG/50PG
- Byron Bay Cloud Co.'s Melon Madness - RTV 65VG/35PG; Doublers 50VG/50PG
- Byron Bay Cloud Co.'s Chocolate Milk - RTV 65VG/35PG; Doublers 50VG/50PG
What Are Flavouring Concentrates?
Flavouring concentrates are water-based concoctions of natural and artificial flavouring, which replicate the taste of a particular food or drink in your vape juice. Flavouring concentrates are used in baked goods, soda, candy, and other processed foods too. Vapora has a diverse range of e-juice flavours that use flavouring concentrates, including fruity, dessert, candy, mint, and tobacco. Read our guide for picking the best e-liquid flavours for you.
Recent studies discovered that ingredients included in the diketone family, such as diacetyl, acetoin, and acetyl propionyl, can be dangerous when inhaled. One of the reasons why vaping is safer than smoking cigarettes is that the amount of diacetyl found in cigarettes is 10-100 times higher than in any vape juice.
What is Nicotine?
Nicotine is an alkaloid derived from plants of the nightshade family like tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes, and tobacco. It can be highly addictive because it can both stimulate and relax a person at the same time.
Many people assume that nicotine is what makes cigarettes cancerous, but the truth is, it's the tar and other additives that cause cancer when inhaled. Nevertheless, it's highly addictive that a lot of cigarette smokers find it hard to quit. Good thing, you can choose the nicotine level in e-juices to aid people in quitting cigarettes slowly. As it turns out, vaping gives former cigarette smokers a similar sensation while getting less or no nicotine at all.
Currently, all our e-liquids do not contain nicotine in compliance with Australian laws. So it may be illegal to buy or sell vape juices with nicotine. But it is legal to import nicotine products from overseas as long as they are prescribed by an Australian physician for therapeutic purposes and help quit cigarettes. So most of our customers import plain nicotine and mix it on their favourite e-liquids. Read these tips for more information.
What are the Best E-Juices?
The best e-juices will still depend on your taste and vaping preferences. If you like creating huge puffy clouds and prefer smooth throat hits, then opt for e-liquids with high vegetable glycerin. On the other hand, if you prefer flavourful and strong throat hits, like smoking cigarettes, get e-liquids with higher propylene glycol. It will take you some time to find the best VG/PG blends and flavours for you. After all, we have different palettes and vaping habits. The key is to not be afraid of trying several e-juices. Don't just settle for what you get used to or what's currently available either. Part of the fun is experimenting with different blends and flavours of vape juices. You'll soon find what's best for you.
Start your vape flavour journey today with Vapora! Shop from a huge range of flavours, as well as VG and PG contents.