Last updated on July 15th, 2018
You Have the Power to Get the Exact E-Liquids Flavor You Want! – Just Try Mixing Your Own E-Liquids
When buying your e-juice, are you just settling for what you find or maybe whatever is the cheapest juice? Is it really what you want? Maybe you just got a flavor recommendation from someone else.
When it comes to vaping, many people take for granted how easy and convenient it is to get your e-juices. There are many options to pick and choose – like whether you determine your juice for the taste, or for the huge clouds it produces.
All you need to do is a quick order online or short drive to your local vape shop. Right? Well…you might be sabotaging your enjoyment by not getting exactly what you want!
You may also be paying more money for e-liquids than you have to.
Don’t worry, we have your back on this one.
We are going to show you 5 simple steps for mixing your own flavored e-juice. We will give you the power to get the exact flavor you want or determine how big of a cloud you would like.
Be assured, you don’t have to be a chemist, rocket scientist or even possess a High School Diploma, although you should be over the age of 18.
I buy all my supplies from the most reputable (and the most economical) website – MyFreedomSmokes.com. Just look under “Nicotine & Mixing Supplies”.
Here's the List
Empty Plastic Bottles with Childproof Cap
No need to buy expensive bottles especially for your first time mixing. You don’t want to use huge containers either, since in the beginning you will do some trial and error to find your favorite flavor.
Since you will be working with containers with small holes and using small quantities, make sure not to mix ingredients. Use one syringe per ingredient.
3. Paper Towels and Napkins
These will come in handy for wiping and cleaning any spills. Have enough, since it is always better to be safe than sorry.
4. Rubber Gloves – This is your most important supply! You will be handling nicotine (if you want your e-juice to have nicotine). You don't want to spill it onto your skin! Nicotine can be absorbed by your body and can cause skin rash….or worse depending on how much you spill!
1- Propylene Glycol
PG is probably the most used base liquid for most juice makers. It is federally approved for consumption. It is a colorless, odorless chemical compound used in a variety of products. Be aware some people can be allergic to PG.
2. Vegetable Glycerol (VG) (also known as Vegetable Glycerin)
VG is similar to Propylene Glycol but is a natural extract derived from vegetables. VG is thicker and used for its ability to produce bigger clouds. VG is also a federally approved product used in food and also cosmetics.
3. Distilled Water or Vodka
This is not a huge part of the mix, but this is used to thin out the VG that you put in your mix, especially if you prefer a high VG content. Vodka doesn’t necessarily have to be used, but if you wish not to use nicotine then Vodka can be used as a great replacement for the throat hit. If you choose not to use Vodka you can use distilled water.
4. Concentrated Flavoring
When choosing your flavoring you must use a flavoring that is made to inhale. Make sure you read your labels to determine the percentage of concentration of your flavoring. You can get creative and mix and match in the future but just keep it in the back of your mind for now.
5. Diluted Nicotine
You will need nicotine that is diluted. Nicotine can have a PG or VG base. For those that are just starting out it is best to get between 8 to 24 mg and experiment to find your favorite. You can use this chart if needed.
MyFreedomSmokes sells an economical starter kit for DIY vapers that includes all your mixing supplies. They also sell all you flavor ingredients including 5 different sample packs, each with 5 flavors.
1. Prepare Nicotine
Basic math will be required and/or your favorite e-juice calculator to figure out the volume of nicotine you would like to have. Since your nicotine is diluted, use the strength in milligrams and volume of the e-juice to calculate the required amount of nicotine.
If you add too much nicotine you run the risk of messing up your entire mix, so add a little less than the amount that is recommended by your e-juice calculator or e-juice recipe. If you want a stronger throat hit you can add a few drops of vodka. About 5% of vodka will be good enough.
This step requires your full attention since this is going to be your personal e-juice of choice. You can use one flavor or mix a few. I would suggest you mix one or two flavors. Add a little less than what is suggested by your calculator or recipe recommends. It is just a good idea to use less flavor than ruining an entire batch of e-juice. Never add more than 10% of the total volume of your mix.
3. Starting the Base
You can choose VG/PG blend depending on your recipe. This blend should be between 50/50 or 80/20. Keep in mind that your diluted nicotine does carry some levels of PG or VG. Make sure you take that into consideration. Remember the more VG the thicker the mix therefore the bigger the clouds.
Once everything is complete, mix everything in a bottle. Make sure you mix everything really well. Remember VG is really thick so you need a thorough shake to get a good mix with the ingredients.
My first time making my e-juice I was too anxious. I was eager to taste my mix so I only steeped my juice for a couple hours. It was okay, but I really got what I was looking for when I took the time to steep.
Steeping is the process of the oxidation of your components. Kind of like aging your wine or fermenting your whiskey.
It is best to steep your mix in a dark cool place. Leave the cap off and let the oxygen do its magic. Some people put their bottle in warm water which happens to speed up the process.
There is no predefined amount of time some steep for day, some for weeks and some for months.
Expect not only a change in flavor but a change in color as well. When you see that the color has changed to a light brown or it gets yellowish, then you know you’ve properly steeped your e-juice. Be patient in this process and you will reap the rewards of true vaping enjoyment.
MyFreedomSmokes has three DIY mixing videos on their site and I strongly suggest you view them before you mix any of your e-liquids.
That said, here's one recipe you may wish to try.
Milk Chocolate E-Juice Recipe
•70/20 VG/PG blend (approximately 16 ml and 5 ml)
•Diluted nicotine (according to the strength, as desired)
•5 ml Coconut Candy flavoring
•5 ml Milk Chocolate flavoring
•3 ml vodka or distilled water
* Yields 30 ml of intensely flavored e-juice, and tastes best after at least 4 weeks of steeping.
I hope this guide to Mixing Your Own E-Liquid has been helpful. Happy Vaping!