There are a number of do's and don'ts associated with mixing your own eLiquids. Perhaps the biggest of these are: DO use extreme caution whenever mixing and DON’T mix your own chemicals unless you have experience in doing so. Usually, you'll get the best results by sticking to time-tested methods of formulation that have been tried by previous mixers before you. Because mixing your own eLiquid means dealing with potentially hazardous chemicals like nicotine, we cannot stress enough the importance of proper safety and sanitation.
Once you’ve done the proper research and have an idea of what you want to do with your DIY materials, take a look at these tips for creating safely and effectively:
Simple Mixing / Recipe Instructions
First, you need to know what nicotine level you are starting with and what you want to end up with. For example, using half of the total volume of a 24mg/mL will yield a 12mg/mL concoction. Having these calculations in mind before you start will ease the process along and help to ensure fewer mistakes during the process.
Second, you need to decide how much flavoring to use. With our concentrated flavoring you'll find that, like in nature, some flavors are very strong, while some are more delicate. For example, our Blackberry and Champagne are lighter flavors, while Black Cherry or Coffee are quite strong. In addition, the tobacco and menthol flavors are the most concentrated of all. As a general rule, we use between 20% and 30% flavoring, depending on the flavor.
So as a starter, you might want to try about 20% flavoring. That way, if you don't think it's strong enough, you can add a bit more flavoring to get it where you like it best. It's hard to take the flavoring out once it's in the mix, so keep that in mind.
Finally, we recommend you start by making very small trial batches. Take a small glass, maybe a shot glass and make a 10 drop batch, that way each drop is 10% of the total volume. This way, if you really don't like it, you can just rinse the glass and start over.
If I Get Flavoring, How Much Do I Add To A Nicotine Mixture?
With our concentrated flavorings, the true answer is "it depends..."
Flavor is very personal. Using Cherry as an example: some people want just a hint of flavor with no aftertaste, while others want it to taste like they are drinking a cherry soda, so it's really up to you. You may find that your tastes changes over time. Several people have commented that after they stop smoking regular cigarettes for a period of time, their taste buds "come back", so they actually use less flavoring over time.
Once again, as a general rule, we use between 20% and 30% flavoring, depending on the flavor.
Propylene Glycol (PG) vs. Vegetable Glycerin (VG)
Both VG and PG have their pluses and minuses:
PG: A plus for PG is that it was the original base liquid of all eLiquids. As such, it is likely the atomizer in your eCig was designed for PG. The downside of PG is that a small number of users develop a slight irritation from its use.
VG: The big plus for VG is that if you are intolerant of PG, there is an alternative. Another benefit of VG is that it tends to create a heavier vapor than PG. A potential downside of VG is that it is thicker than PG and a small number of users have had problems with burning out their atomizer. With our flavored eLiquids, this problem is avoided by our blends of VG and flavorings. If this is a problem for you with a DIY eLiquid, it can be reduced by blending in a small amount of distilled water, or other thin liquid of your choosing.