What is E-Liquid, what is in it and is it safe?
What is E-Liquid, what is in it and is it safe?
E-Liquid is also known as “E-Juice” & “Juice”. It is a liquid that has been specially formulated purely for the use of electronic vaporizers/cigarettes. There are thousands of different flavours to choose from. In Australia E-Liquids are made up of 3 primary ingredients with a 4th optional ingredient at the users choose which we will explain below.
E-Liquids are made from 3 primary ingredients, with an option of 1 more “key” substance at the user’s option.
1st Primary ingredient: Propylene Glycol (PG), this is a tasteless, colourless, odourless substance in a liquid form that has a thin watery viscosity to it at room temperature. It is hydroscopic meaning it has the ability to trap water molecules and moisture in the air. PG has many other uses besides E-Liquids, PG is also used as a food additive, number E1520: as a humectant, solvent and preservative and it is used in medical applications for medicines that are either inhaled, ingested or injected/administered intravenously.
Note: In E-Liquids PG provides more flavour, more “throat hit” and less vapour production.
2nd Primary Ingredient: Vegetable Glycerine (VG), this has a slightly sweet taste to it, it has a very thick viscosity to it at room temperature. It is hydroscopic meaning it has the ability to trap water molecules and moisture in the air. VG has many other uses besides E-Liquids, VG is used in many foods people consume on daily basis such as low fat snacks, icing for cakes, liquors, it is food additive E422. VG is also used in skin care products, cough syrups, personal hygiene products such as mouth wash and tooth paste. VG is non-toxic, it naturally occurs in soybeans, palm trees and animal fats.
Note: In E-Liquids VG provides less flavour, less “throat hit” more vapour production (clouds).
3rd Primary Ingredient: Food grade flavouring concentrates. While there are thousands of flavours out on the market, most flavourings are PG based (some flavourings are alcohol & oil based which can be very harsh to the user). A very small amount of flavourings are offered in a VG base.
It is strongly recommended to stay far away from any “Oil Based” flavourings in E-Liquids. It has been known some E-Liquid manufactures use water, vodka and even pure grain alcohol in its E-Liquids, it is recommended you avoid these E-Liquids as any good E-Liquid manufacturer should not need to use these.
Flavourings can make anywhere from 0.5% all the way up to 45% of the E-Liquid formulation/recipe.
4th Optional ingredient: Nicotine! Yeap that’s right, Nicotine. Most users who transition from smoking to vaping will generally require nicotine in their E-Liquid in order not to have the “ciggie cravings”.
Unfortunately in Australia it is currently illegal for any vape shop to sell and/supply nicotine. The user (you) & depending on your state & territory laws you may be able to import your own nicotine for personal use with a doctor’s prescription. Each state has its own laws, rules & regulations regarding to importation of nicotine. It is best to check up on the status of the laws regarding nicotine. Some states may allow it as others have a total ban on it (which leaves you in a tough position).
Australia is under a two-tier system in regards to importation of nicotine for personal use.
In Australia, studies and research are still underway to determine the “health effects” of vaping E-Liquids and to determine if they are “safer” alternative to smoking. We cannot comment nor legally make any claims at this time if E-Liquid is safe or “dangerous” at this present time due to the current laws.
E-Liquids come in 2 forms with an exclusive 3rd form offered by us.
- The first form is what is known as a “Singler” (Ready To Vape)
- The second form is what is known as a “Doubler” (requires DIY mixing)
- The third form is what is known as “easy-mix” (made by Freshness Vape Co.)
Easy-Mix is easy as:
- Forget trying to calculate your doublers
- Forget the mess of mixing PG/VG
- Forget trying to squeeze in your nicotine into a pre-mixed E-Liquid with uncertainty.
- Say hello to “Easy-Mix”
If you don’t vape with any nicotine simply just tell us in the comments section when checking out “Option 1” and your desired PG/VG Ratio and we will blend your E-Liquid to your desires.
(Example in the comments section when checking out: Option 1, 40PG/60VG)
If you vape with nicotine simply just tell us the following when checking out:
- The strength of nicotine you use (eg 100mg)
- The base your nicotine is (eg 100% PG)
- The strength you vape at (eg 3mg)
- The PG/VG Ratio you desire (eg 40PG/60VG)
(Example in the comments section when checking out: Option 2, 1. 100mg, 2. 100% PG, 3. 3mg, 4. 40PG/60VG)
Then what we will do is we will blend your E-Liquids exactly to the information you have given us and we will write down on your invoice EXACTLY how much nicotine YOU need to add to your bottles of E-Liquids in Millilitres (mls) and Grams (gr)
Please note: It is illegal to sell and supply nicotine in Australia, Freshness Vapes cannot and will NOT sell or supply any nicotine. Please do not ask us for it!