How Is Vape Juice Made?
Vape juice is made of different food grade flavors, propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG). Nicotine can also be added. The flavoring and nicotine used make up 10% of the e-juice. Believe it or not, making vape juice is a lengthy process and great caution is required. Below is the recipe used by manufacturers when making vape juice:
1) The Ingredients Used
To make vape juice, three main materials are mixed. They are base liquid, nicotine, and flavor concentrate. Other additional ingredients are alcohol and water. The base liquid makes about 90% of vape juice. It is made of propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin (VG).
Nicotine is extracted from tobacco. That is what gives users the hit when vaping. For a stronger hit, the e-liquid is made with a higher concentration of nicotine. However, not all vape juice products have this component, which is a preference for nonsmokers.
There are thousands of liquid flavors concentrates that are added to improve the taste and aroma of vape juices.
Alcohol and water make the least percentage of the juice. They are added to liquefy and fluidize the blend. These ingredients can be blended to create e-liquids with different hit levels and tastes.
2) Collection and Measuring Of the Raw Materials
The process begins with vape juice producers collecting all the materials needed for its production. They pick out quality and safe materials that are FDA approved to make this juice. Unsafe materials are flavor chemicals such as diacetyl, acetoin, and formaldehyde that are toxic to humans.
All ingredients are measured either by weight of volume to create the perfect concentration of the e-liquid. Weighing the ingredients is crucial. It offers more accuracy and makes the process a bit cleaner. The base liquids PG and VG can be used in different ratios, that is, 50/50 ratio of 70/30 ratio.
PG is light and flavorless. Therefore, it can be used in higher amounts since it does not affect the taste. On the other hand, VG gives the Vape juice a sweeter taste. The nicotine and flavor to be used are also measured. They make up 10% of the final product.
3) Blending the Ingredients
After the ingredients are collected and measures then the mixing process is commenced. The flavoring is added to the base liquid then mixed. A small amount of flavoring is used. Nicotine can also be added into the mix. After which the blend is steeped/ aged just like wine for it to taste better. The mixture is left to sit for a few days so that the ingredients blend completely.
The final stage is packaging the vape juice in containers. Glass and plastic vials and bottles are commonly used. The dropper bottles are flexible which makes it easier to squeeze out the e juice and prevents entry of moisture. The containers used are also made with tamper-proof caps for child safety measures. The packaging used is safe since it does not react with the vaping content.