DiY e-liquid, short for "Do it Yourself," involves creating your own e-cigarette liquids. This practice allows you to select ingredients, flavors, and concoct personalized recipes instead of relying on ready-made liquids.
Crafting homemade e-liquid involves mixing propylene glycol, glycerin, nicotine, and flavor
Vapers adjust nicotine levels to ease the transition from tobacco
They then compose their DiY recipe to suit their preferences
To succeed, understanding ingredients, mastering equipment, and following storage guidelines is crucial
Creating your own e-liquid for an electronic cigarette is much simpler than you might think. Just mix the four essential ingredients: PG/VG base, nicotine, and flavor. It's even easier if you omit nicotine and flavor to create a neutral, nicotine-free liquid.
Experienced vapers who kindly guide newcomers on forums often mention DiY e-liquid or Do it Yourself to cater to personal preferences and save on recurring purchases of pre-made liquids.
If you're wondering how to make your own e-liquid, it's time to learn the art of creating a vaping product.
Making your e-liquid can be enjoyable for some and frustrating for others.
However, this depends on your level of experience.
Whether it's your first time or you already have limited experience with DIY e-liquids, here's the simplest step-by-step technique to create your affordable homemade e-liquid.
Ready to dive in? Let's get started!
Some might lead you to believe that crafting your own e-liquid requires advanced DIY e-liquid skills and chemist-level expertise.
The truth is quite different!
Anyone can achieve this straightforward mixture and make their e-liquid affordably!
All you need are a few utensils and specific ingredients. Start with simple recipes and work your way up to more complex ones, allowing you to create extreme flavors and achieve vaping bliss while saving money.
Here's how to make e-liquid for your vape device.
Thinking about how to prepare e-liquid? It might seem complex, right?
Creating an e-cigarette liquid requires just four ingredients.
They are known as PG, VG, e-liquid flavorings, and nicotine liquid for e-cigarettes.
You can simplify further by omitting nicotine and using a 50/50 PGVG base!
In this case, only two ingredients are needed: base and e-liquid flavoring, to create an aromatic e-cigarette liquid!
Vaporized nicotine doesn't behave the same way as nicotine in tobacco cigarettes.
It's slower, more like a nicotine patch, never reaching a sharp peak in a matter of seconds like in smoke.
However, its presence in an e-liquid allows managing any withdrawal effects when trying to quit smoking and replicates the characteristic throat hit sensation for any smoker.
- What are the risks of nicotine?
We've dedicated a comprehensive article answering all your nicotine-related questions
There are differences between PG and VG. They have different tastes, different viscosities that impact the vapor experience.
Most e-liquids available on the market come with a PG VG ratio.
The most common ratios are 70/30, 50/50, or 30/70.
Propylene glycol is a diol, an organic chemical compound, used in the food industry, tobacco, and personal care products.
It's used topically, orally, injectably, and inhaled by the pharmaceutical industry.
PG doesn't alter flavors unlike vegetable glycerin.
It provides a stronger throat hit, which for some, might turn into irritation.
This phenomenon is rare, but some users have developed an allergy to PG and now prefer a higher VG ratio.
A major ingredient in vape liquids, propylene glycol is a widely used preservative in the food industry and is approved by health authorities.
All scientific information about propylene glycol
Vegetable glycerin (often derived from vegetable oils, coconut, soy...) is milder but more viscous than PG.
Here too, this substance is approved by health authorities, used in the food industry and cosmetics.
Most homemade liquids consist of a mixture of PG and VG. We'll come back to that.
A high VG content will saturate the wick of the atomizer less quickly and tends to alter flavors.
- DIY E-liquid Preparation - Nicotine
Nicotine boosters in 10ml bottles have simplified the calculations for making a DIY e-liquid.
Simply pour the corresponding number of nicotine bottles into a neutral base to create a nicotine base at the desired strength.
Just follow this nicotine e-liquid mixing table to adjust your dosage to your situation:
E-liquid Mixing Table (for nicotine boosters)
- Preparing the E-cigarette base
You can choose any PG/VG ratio you want.
The most common ones are 50/50 e-liquid base and 70/30 base - the first number always corresponds to propylene glycol.
Propylene glycol allergy forces some users to increase the proportion of glycerin, sometimes even to use a pure VG base, also called full VG base.
Optimizing e-liquid maturation for the best flavor
If your e-liquid tastes just right and satisfies your palate, the steeping time becomes less relevant.
However, if it doesn't meet your expectations, you can allow its components to oxidize by storing it away from light in a cool place.
There's no fixed period for steeping, but for certain blends, several months of maturation might be needed for the flavors to harmonize.
After steeping your e-liquid, its color might change due to nicotine oxidation.
If your liquid was clear at the end of preparation, it's normal for it to turn slightly brownish over time due to oxidation.
E-liquid maturation: How to steep your liquid?
How to taste an e-liquid?
After the steeping period, it's time to try your recipe.
We recommend using a dripper for the best experience.
What's a dripper?
A dripper is a tankless atomizer. Opt for a high-quality dripper over a tank for enhanced flavor perception.
Recommended dripper for flavor
Remember that your e-cigarette mod's power settings, delivered ohms, and temperature can affect flavor perception.
A liquid that's acceptable at 10 watts might be unpleasant at 30 watts.
Sunlight, heat, and air can negatively impact your e-liquid.
It's recommended to store them away from light and in a cool place, although not necessarily in a refrigerator.
Just as your e-cigarette mod settings influence your experience, maintaining your equipment has a direct impact on your e-liquid's perception.
An old atomizer coil that hasn't been replaced in a while can produce altered taste, diminishing flavors, or even an unpleasant burnt taste.
Mishandling that accidentally pushes the watts to their maximum can destroy flavors and completely alter the liquid.
Remember, any abnormal flavor perception should lead you to stop vaping.
Can't taste your e-liquid anymore?
This medical term, agueusie, refers to the loss of taste.
There's also dysgeusie, which involves an altered taste leading to a perception error, and hypogeusie, which results in a significantly diminished taste.
These taste disorders are often transient and related to tobacco withdrawal.
The reconstitution of taste buds can lead to strange sensations, even a complete rejection of a previously loved flavor.
Time tends to improve this sensation without any specific treatment.
Experienced vapers might also notice a change in their flavor perception due to saturated taste buds.
If you experience agueusie, dysgeusie, or hypogeusie, it's recommended to vape an unflavored base or one with lemon or mint for a few days, preferably choosing a single flavor.
Creating a nicotine-free e-liquid follows the same process.
Choose a nicotine-free base of your preferred ratio (50/50, full VG...) and add the flavor(s) of your recipe.
Vaping essential oils is not recommended.
While their healing properties might be tempting, the heat can degrade their aromatic compounds.
Moreover, some substances might be irritating or even caustic to the lungs through direct inhalation.
Need help with e-liquid dosage?
The average flavor dosage for e-liquid is 10 to 20%.
However, perfecting it is essential for great results.
Too little flavor compromises quality, while too much can disrupt harmony.
As a beginner, start with one or two flavors in a 10ml bottle for precision.
From one flavor to another, aroma dosages vary significantly.
We typically recommend a 10% percentage to avoid overloading your DIY e-liquid with aroma.
This dosage is often sufficient for fruity or indulgent flavors.
For DIY tobacco recipes, a light touch is essential, and depending on the brand, start with minimal proportions like 2 or 3% aroma for the e-liquid.
We strongly advise following product sheet instructions and using appropriate materials for DIY e-liquid.