E-Juice 101

The distinct feature of an e-cigarette which differentiates it from the traditional cigarette is the vapor that replaces the harmful smoke in the normal cigarette. This liquid is known by a variety of names like nicotine solutions, E juice or E liquid. The juice is available in two forms, it is available as pre-filled cartridges, or the e-liquid is also available in bottles which are filled with empty cartridges.

At the heart of every e cigarette: E-juice

The contents, that is, the ingredients of the E-juice may vary in different companies, but there are certain common substances that are present in all brands. These common substances include flavors with the base of glycerin or propylene glycol and water. Another prerequisite of the e-juice is the nicotine substance that is a replacement for the nicotine found in traditional cigarettes.

The working of the E-juice is pretty easy in electronic cigarettes. The atomizer in the e-cigarette converts the e-liquid into a vapor which is odorless and less harmful to inhale. The e-cigarette gets its characteristic flavor by two ways, one can either make use of the pre-filled e juice cartridge, or one can refill the cartridges once they are empty. The E juice provides the nicotine and the flavor. These cigarettes have become popular with those who want to give up or cut back smoking as the E-juice is available in many flavors and strengths.

Ingredients of E-juice

There are three components or ingredients used to make E-juice. First, is an agent to produce the vapor; second, is the nicotine for obvious reasons and third, is the flavoring to add flavor.


Vapor for an e-cigarette is created by the use of two means (or mediums):

Propylene Glycol  which is the most common and famous one
Vegetable Glycerin  people who are sensitive and allergic to Propylene Glycol use vegetable glycerin
Most e-cigarettes are PG, Propylene Glycol based, as it produces less vapor and sweeter juices. The other agent, that is, Vegetable Glycerin produces more vapors but less sweet juices. Many times, both the agents are combined to complete the deficiencies of the other. Propylene Glycol is thinner than Vegetable Glycerin, and thus VG is added to PG to give it more consistency while PG is added to VG to make more soluble.

NICOTINE: A Vital Ingredient (and Consideration) When Selecting or Blending E-Juice

Technically a person does not get addicted to cigarettes, but rather to the nicotine present in the smokes. The traditional cigarettes contain nicotine, and thus, it is important for the e-cigarette to contain it as well. Nicotine can be called the parallel of caffeine present in tea and coffee. The E juice is available in the market with varying nicotine content to suit the needs of the smoker. There are no specific or standard measures or controls for the nicotine content in the E-liquid. The concentration and dosage of nicotine in one e-cigarette may vary in different brands and products. The concentration or dosage can be classified into the following four categories:

 Low Concentration  E-juice said to have the small dosage of nicotine has 6-8 mg/ml, that is, the milligram of nicotine per milliliter of liquid.
 Medium Concentration  This concentration is also called midrange concentration and is a concentration of 10-14 mg/ml.
 High Concentration, A concentration of 16-18 mg/ ml, is high dosage.

 Extra High Concentration  A nicotine concentration of 24-36 mg/ml is the increased high frequency.

A density liquid is also available which has zero amount of nicotine, that is, this E-juice is nicotine free. This density fluid is for long-term and prolonged usage, where, others are substitutes of traditional cigarettes. The dosage or concentration of nicotine in a particular liquid is always mentioned on the bottle or the cartridge. Often the unit, mg/ml, is shortened to just mg.

The strength of nicotine which you should use depends on some factors. The concentration or dosage of nicotine that you buy should be a factor determining your consumption amount of nicotine and smokes.


The variety that is available in flavors of E-liquid is astonishing. Every brand and company are trying to incorporate as many flavors as possible. Certain E-juices have traditional flavors like tobacco and menthol. Individual flavors copy traditional cigarette brands and mimic their flavors like Camel and Marlboro. The variety of the food flavors is unlimited as the list of old food flavors, and innovations do not seem to end. Some examples are mild, cigar, French pipe, unflavored or tasteless, vanilla, clove, menthol; almost all fruits like grapes, apples, coconut; chocolate, coffee, black tea, brandy, caramel, whiskey, champagne and the list can go on. A flavor called healthcare is also available which is a little bitter and has no tobacco at all.

Similar to the different nicotine dosages, flavors come in different intensities. There are three types of concentrations in flavors:

Light Flavor Strength  As the name suggests it is a very gentle and light flavor.

 Medium Flavor Strength  This gives an average and standard flavor to the cigarette.

 Strong Flavor Strength  This makes your e-cigarette emit high amounts of flavor.

Unusual Ways to store the Flavor

The E juice should be stored away from direct sunlight, in a cool as well as a dry place. Any light exposure is also very harmful. Many brands produce colored bottles to prevent the light from penetrating to the e-liquid. It is a good idea to keep the good bottles in a closed box to keep them from harm and spoilage. E liquids expire in 2 years of their manufacturing. These e-liquids should be kept out of reach of children and pets.

Making the E juice at home with Ejuice Recipes

Creating one’s e-juice can save a lot of money and get you the exact flavor you want. The three components that are given above that is the vaporizing agent, nicotine and flavoring can be bought online or elsewhere and can be used to make E-juice at home according to your specifications, tastes, and preference.