An e-liquid, also known as e-juice or vape juice, is the mixture of water, flavouring, and glycerine-based products that make up what you vape. To answer some of the most asked questions about the substance, we have compiled a short guide for beginners.
What is in an E-liquid?
E-liquids might sound like dark and mysterious substances, but they are incredibly simple concoctions. At its core, there are three major ingredients: Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG), and flavourings. Technically, you can even get e-liquid without any flavourings – called ‘neat’ e-liquid – but it unsurprisingly doesn’t taste great, and can only really be made yourself, not bought from a store.
PG and VG are mostly to help distribute the flavour throughout the liquid when heated. Both are regularly used in cooking – PG is in vanilla extracts and food colourings, while VG has been used for everything from skin care to herb extracts to baking, pasta and fudge.
VG makes up the majority of what goes into e-liquids – typically they are at most a 70% blend, which means 70% Vegetable Glycerin, and 30% everything else (excluding water). For example, our Dinner Lady Lemon Tart is a 50-50 blend.
Do E-liquids Contain Nicotine?
Many e-liquids contain nicotine, but it is not an essential element. You can tell what e-liquids don’t contain nicotine if they’re described as ‘0mg’. For example, our Butterscotch Reserve is a 0mg e-liquid that’s a 70/30 blend. Some even contain tobacco flavours if that is what you especially crave, but lack any of the addictive nicotine that defines cigarettes.
Lots of our users also buy 0mg e-liquids (which means e-liquids with zero grams of nicotine) to mix in their nic-shots to achieve the strength they want. Adding around 10ml of 18mg of Nic-Shot produces a very flavourful 3mg blend.
Around 10% of most e-juices are food grade flavourings and nicotine.
What is Vape Juice Flavourings Made of?
There are lots of different flavourings used in e-liquids, and because vaping is a new and booming industry, the stuff used changes every year. Some popular extracts include vanillin, menthol, eugenol, and eucalyptol, each creating different flavours.
Of course, the recipes of many flavours are close-guarded company secrets. Precisely how Baked got a French toast and golden syrup flavour e-liquid we have no idea! All ingredients used to make e-liquids are labelled on the products, unless they make up less than 0.1% of the juice.
Are Vape Juices Without Nicotine Safe to Vape?
While vaping is new, most scientists agree that e-cigarettes are up to 95% safer than smoking. Vaping without nicotine is something people have been doing safely for years.
The danger of smoking cigarettes is the addiction to nicotine, the other harmful chemicals like carbon monoxide that cause health hazards, and the tar in cigarettes that build up in the lungs when you smoke.
Vape juices contain no tar to build up in your lungs. And while there are hundreds of different e-juices, none as far as we know include carbon monoxide or other substances that are in cigarettes that cause the health hazards that smoking does. And of course, 0mg nicotine vape juices contain no nicotine to create cravings for the stuff.
Scientists are still exploring the exact long-term consequences of e-juices because some vape juices contain a higher-than-normal level of food colourings or flavourings. That said, there have been no studies that seriously suggest that sensible consumption of vape juices are dangerous.
How Do You Store E-liquids?
Firstly, take note of the product’s shelf life. Keep e-liquids away from heat and light. Ideally, keep opened containers in your fridge to slow down oxidation. Finally, if you are storing the e-liquid for a very long time, consider switching over to a dark glass bottle and put it in the freezer.
Proper storage can help keep the product fresh when you come to use it. Too many times have people come into our shop, bought e-liquids, and then left them for too long in a warm car, and the flavour disappeared! Storing e-liquids isn’t a complicated process, and they will typically last for months, if not years, before degrading in normal conditions. However, if you are taking advantage of a sale and buying lots of e-juice, keep it in a cool place away from direct sunlight to keep things fresh.
The Vaping Lounge only sells the highest quality e-juices, stuff that we have tried and can recommend ourselves. Have a look at our wide range of vape juices for sale on our website and find what you need!