How to make your own E-liquid
Please also note, in the instructions below we tried to simplify everything as much as it was possible, so if you are an advanced vaper or a professional mixer, it might not apply to you. This is just a super simple instructions (step to step guide ) to make e juice for beginners.
Vape juice contains PG, VG, flavour concentrates, and nicotine(optional) so simply if you mix these three ingredients together you will have your own vape juice.
What do you need to make your juice?
1.Base: The main part of your e-juice is a mix of PG and VG, the common percentage is 50-50 % or 70-30%.
Question: What percentage should you use for PG and VG? Or which one is better?
Propylene Glycol(PG) is odourless, without any tastes, it will carry the taste of your flavour concentrate and also create throat hit too. Add more PG to get more throat hit.
Vegetable Glycerin(VG) tastes sweet and create a cloud, it is also thicker than PG. Add more VG to create more cloud.
So simply, if you are a cloud chaser go for more VG, the ratio of 70%-30% would suit people who prefer clouds, but remember as VG is thicker than PG, diluting your flavours in it will need a bit more shaking or further another day of steeping.
If you are new to vaping and would prefer throat hit similar to smoking cigarettes, ratios with more PG would be a better option for you but as PG is not as thick as VG, sometimes it will make leaking problems worse.
The final solution would be 50-50 or VG 60% and PG 40%.
Flavours are the main taste of your e-juice, if you do not add any flavours or add too much(e.g. 20 %) then your vape juice will just taste sweet VG, this is the place where the fun and exciting part will start, you get the opportunity to not just control your e-liquid, but also use your creativity to make new juices, it is a quiet art for itself.
Nicotine is optional, you can add nicotine to your juice or just skip it, the most common percentage is 2-10%, but please remember, more nicotine might affect the taste of your juice and some high level of nicotine might cause some health issues, make sure you are aware of those and use a proper glove before touching any nicotine. Please make sure you are complying with the legal requirements of your country or your state before mixing or using any nicotine.
Please note, in Australia, from 1 October 2021,You will not be able to access nicotine without a valid medical prescription, regardless of the purpose for which you use it. If you need help with getting a prescription check out our guide for how to get nicotine here
For working out how much nicotine to add for your desired strength check out our nicotine calculator
Labelling your e juice is very important, of course, if you are making more than one e juice per time, then you would be able to find their ingredient or track your progress, at the beginning you can use just a Masking tape just write down their names and stick on it, then you will not lose anything.
Steeping will flourish your e-juice, we strongly advise you even if you are making a shake and vape juice just steep it for a few hours or over the night, then you will see the difference. Normally fruits need less steeping time between 2-3 days, but bakeries need more time and especially some vanilla flavours require at least two weeks of steeping. Please note if your flavours contain alcohol, it is recommended to steep it for few hours with cap off.
Never make a big batch, just go for 5-10 ml and see how it will go, even if you are making one of the best recopies it does not mean 100% you will like it, each person has different taste and preferences, also we need to mention after few days if you taste your juice and you did not like the taste, steeping will not make magic, so just leave it behind and after you make sure you like that recipe then you can go for 50 or 100ml.
4.Store and enjoy.
Now you are at the end of your journey, if you are happy with your e-juice just close the cap, and leave it out of the sun or direct light, you do not need to store your e-juice in the fridge (storing pure nicotine in the fridge would be a good idea but not your e-juice, for e-juice it is not necessary). Heat, direct sun and air will damage your juice, leave the cap tightly and store it in your cupboard then you would be fine.
Tips and tricks for DIY
1. Let your mix steep at least for a day, I know some of the e-juices are shake and vape but steeping over time will flourish your e-Liquid.
2. If your flavour contains alcohol, it is better to leave the cap off for a few hours.
3. Do not start with mixing a big batch of liquid, it is advised to make a 10 ml or 5 ml bottle, and taste your e-juice then go for a 30 ml or 100 ml bottle.
4.Do not add too much flavour concentrates! If you are using FA, FLV or INW start with 1-2% and increase it to 5-6% (for standalone most probably 4-5%). If you add 20% of a flavour most probably you will mute your flavours and your e-juice will just taste sweet VG. If you are mixing two flavours then start with 3%-4% as your main profile and add another one as 1-2%. Do not let this myth ruin your journey, more flavours will not create more tastes!
Is DIY hard?
Not at all, if you follow the instructions, it is super easy, it is exactly as simple as mixing a fruit cordial with water, just you would need to read the instruction, take care of percentages and done, you can imagine instead of water you have your premixed VG PG and your cordial is your flavour concentrates, that is it, mix your concentrates (use the recommended percentages) with your base and it is done.