So what is really in your e-Juice?
E-Juice is now a common site in every supermarket across the world, there are now even shops dedicated to these bottles of liquid clouds, but what really goes into them?
E-Juice is made up of a combination of PG (Propylene Glycol),VG (Vegetable Glycerin) and Nicotine.
What is Propylene Glycol (PG)?
PG is the main flavour carrier in your e-juice. Propylene Glycol is a synthetic organic compound that carries no distinctive smell (PG carries an extremely faint sweet smell).
Propylene Glycol is produced in large quantities and is used in the production of polymers, but is also used in food processing. Propylene Glycol can be found in food as e-number E1520.
Propylene Glycol has been recognised by the UK’s medical community as safe to use in inhalers and for use in a variety of other medical products delivered orally and applied to the skin.
What is Vegetable Glycerin (VG)?
Vegetable Glycerin is a substance that is made from plant oils. The type of Vegetable Glycerin found in e-juice is considered “food grade” and is 99.7% pure. It is the VG in your e-juice that produces most of the cloud.
Vegetable Glycerin can be found in cough medicine, soap, various foods and shampoo. It can be found in foods as e-number E422. Vegetable Glycerin can also be found as a thickening agent in alcoholic drinks.
What is Nicotine?
Opposed to popular belief, Nicotine is a natural substance that can be found in plants. High amounts of Nicotine are found in potatoes, tomatoes and cauliflower.
Nicotine has a stimulating effect on the body, much like the effect of coffee or fizzy drinks. It has been scientifically proven to improve attention, alertness and relaxation.
As a side effect nicotine also reduces appetite.
Nicotine is considered toxic and as such should be stored safely out of the reach of small children and animals.
What makes my e-Juice taste like caramel, sweets and cakes?
e-Juice manufacturers use both natural and artificial food flavourings when producing their flavours and this is where the grey area comes into vaping. Most of these chemicals have not been extensively tested for inhalation, only for ingestion. Far more study is required to consider these flavours “safe for use” in vaping juices.
The main thing to avoid when choosing a vape juice is anything that contains a flavour that is oil-based as these substances can be hazardous if inhaled.
If in doubt, sick to the reputable brands. As vaping progresses there are more and more regulations being put in place to govern the production of e-juices.
It is also very easy and cost effective to start making your own juice so that there is no question about what is going into your flavours.
We have a section on the site for e-juice recipes so make sure you check it out.