How to Mix Flavors with NicBase Liquid Nicotine
Whether you are new to vaping, or have been vaping for a while, you may be wondering how to make your own flavor combinations. Finding a vape flavor that you enjoy is hard enough, finding that flavor combination that is exactly what you want can be nearly impossible. At Delosi Labs, we are glad to help you get started on how to mix flavors with nicotine liquid to make your own e-juice or vape liquid.
It helps to think about mixing flavoring with liquid nicotine as being similar to making your favorite baking recipe. You will need liquid nicotine, some flavoring, some essential supplies, and some instructions for how to put it all together. From there you can experiment with what you’ve got until you have made it your own. With your personal flavor formula dialed in, you’ll have a vape you know you love, and can save a little money by making it yourself.
Here's what you'll need to get started:
Pre-Diluted Liquid NicBase Nicotine Liquid
It is important to note that liquid nicotine does have a slight flavor, so your recipe may taste different depending on the strength of the nicotine. Delosi Labs Nicotine is well-tested and carefully handled to ensure that the liquid nicotine adds as little odor, taste, and color possible. Generally, 100mg/mL diluted nicotine is used in the industry because it makes the math to get specific strength per volume a little easier. Also, a relatively small amount of 100mg/mL can go a long way, and allow for more flexibility in your diluent ratio. If you have any questions about your liquid nicotine safety or the ability to handle it safely, 24mg/mL might be a better option for you.
Carrier Base Liquids
You’ll need some propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin, usually referred to as PG or VG. Liquid nicotine and flavorings are highly concentrated and need to be diluted for a pleasurable vaping experience, so you’ll use PG and VG as “the base” or "carrier fluid" making up most of the volume of your formula. Propylene Glycol is an organic chemical compound that is food-safe and used in a multitude of ways. PG doesn’t alter the true flavor of the flavor concentrates, but does deliver a stronger throat hit, which can result in slight irritation after extended use. Vegetable Glycerin on the other hand, is slightly sweeter and slightly more viscous (thicker) than PG. Sometimes, VG can slightly alter the way a flavor tastes and typically has a smoother throat feel while generates a more visible vape cloud.
Liquid Concentrated Flavoring
Flavors are available from a wide variety of sources, but we’re confident you’ll want to enjoy the advantages of Delosi Labs flavors when creating your favorite recipes. Our flavors offer a taste experience you won’t find anywhere else, because flavors from Delosi Labs have been specifically designed to taste as close to the source possible. Although we are always adding new flavors to our catalog, some of our most popular flavors are strawberry, blueberry and watermelon.
Mixing bottles, e-Liquid bottles, syringes, tips, these are all the tools of the do-it-yourself (DIY) mixer. Having these pieces of equipment on hand makes the job of measuring, mixing and bulk storing your home-made e-juice much easier and more efficient.
Now that you have all the ingredients you need, here's how you make your own DIY vape liquid or e-Juice:
1. Determine how much nicotine to use to dilute to your preferred strength
The first step is to determine the strength of nicotine you want in your final e-Liquid mixture by determining how much nicotine base is needed. An easy way to figure this out is to divide the strength you want (Target Strength) by the strength of the NicBase you have to work with (Starting Strength) then multiply that by the e-Juice bottle size you are making.
The formula is (Target Strength/Starting Strength) x Bottle Size. The resulting number will give you the amount of nicotine base in milliliters to add to your bottle.
For example, if you have 100mg/mL NicBase and you want to make 3mg/mL e-Liquid in a 30mL bottle then you would need 0.9mL of 100mg/mL NicBase. This is because (3mg/100mg)*30mL = 0.9mL
2. Add NicBase nicotine liquid to your e-Juice bottle
The easiest way to make sure you get the right amount is to pull the plunger until we have a little more than is needed, and then carefully depress the plunger. By keeping the syringe pointed into the container of nicotine when depressing the plunger we can prevent wasting any diluted nicotine. Once the amount needed is in the syringe, squirt it into the plastic e-Juice bottle.
These press-in bottle adapters make the task much easier as they were designed for liquid dispensing without spilling.
3. Add your flavorings to your e-liquid bottle
You can use any flavor combination you can imagine. The recommended dilution for e-juice or vape liquid is approximately 10%. So, if the goal is to make 50 ml of vape liquid, you’ll need 5 ml of flavoring.
Using a different (clean) syringe, measure and transfer the flavor concentrate to the bottle containing the liquid nicotine. You should also know that when you mix multiple flavors, they may come out tasting much different than expected. It’s a good idea to try a flavor all by itself with just PG/VG base to get a sense of the individual flavor on its own before adding it to a recipe.
4. Measure and Add the Carrier (Mixing) Bases
Fill up the remainder of the bottle with both your plain (no-nicotine) vegetable glycerin and propylene glycol. Now that you have all the components in the bottle, you finally have e-Juice and there is just one more step.
5. Warm and Mix / Shake to Blend Thoroughly
For this step, there are several opinions on the best way to accomplish the final blending. We can assure you that all good commercial e-liquid is 'cooked' before it is bottled. This means it is heated, mixed then bottled. Why? because heating shortens your steep time and reduces the waiting time to get to your fabulous vape juice. Without heating you would have to shake it several times a day and let time do what heat does over a period of days or weeks to get to your final end-point.
There is no 'wrong' way to do the final mix but heating and mixing definitely is our preferred method.
Warm the bottle you just filled so its contents are about 100° F. This will help the carrier base, nicotine liquid and flavoring combine easier when you mix / shake them.
Although this may seem like extra work, it will allow all of the components of the vape liquid to incorporate easier which results in a much shorter steep time and smoother vape as well as distribute the flavorings, nicotine and carrier base components into an homogenous solution.
Once heated, shake the bottle for several minutes to make sure the e-juice components are evenly dispersed and well mixed. The final juice should be warm, and transparent without swirls or cloudiness. If you have swirls, heat it a tad longer. This is an indication the VG is not warm enough to evenly spread out in the bottle.