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 basic equipment, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 you have (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
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 drip tip 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.
Fill up the remainder of the bottle with your vegetable glycerin, or propylene glycol as the carrier base.
Warm the bottle to about 100° F. This will help the carrier base, nicotine liquid and flavoring combine easier when you shake it. 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 evenly distribute the flavorings and nicotine. Once heated, shake the bottle for several minutes to make sure the nicotine and flavor are evenly dispersed and well mixed. You may also want to give the bottle a good shake before each use.
For practical purposes, your e-juice is now ready for vaping, but you may notice that the flavor is not quite what you were expecting. Steeping is the process over time where chemical reactions take place between the ingredients and the oxygen in the air. This lets the flavors blend together, and a little time may make a big difference depending on the flavors and flavor combinations you use. Many e-Liquids will start to taste much better if they are allowed to steep for days or even weeks. If using cream, vanilla, or custard flavorings, you may notice that steeping helps those flavors stand out quite a bit, or “mellow” the fruits you might be mixing them with.