If you vape, you likely already save a lot of money compared to the cost of cigarettes. However, the cost of vape juices can still be expensive if you’re a heavy user or like to try a variety of flavors.
If you’re a little bit crafty and can follow a basic recipe, you can create your own DIY e juice for a fraction of the cost of buying it from a vape shop. With complete freedom over your mix, flavors, and ingredients, you may find that you prefer to concoct your own delicious eliquid instead of picking one off of the shelf!
Interested in trying your hand at juice creation? Read on to discover just how easy and affordable it is!
Gather the Necessary Ingredients
Very few ingredients and accouterments are needed to make a basic eliquid. The items you will need are as follows:
- Vegetable glycerin
- Propylene glycol
- Liquid nicotine base
- Blunt syringes or graduated cylinders for measuring
- Dropper or squeeze style storage bottles
- A Funnel
- Disposable pipettes
There is a bit of investment in your initial stock of materials, but much of it is reusable over and over again. Most of these supplies are available from local vape shops or eliquid suppliers online. Always make sure you are using a reputable vendor with plenty of good reviews and information about their ingredients.
Additionally, wear some protective gear for your eyes and hands. Concentrated nicotine can cause irritation and other issues, so it’s best to be a good amateur scientist and play it safe!
Calculate Your Ratios
While it may seem intimidating at first, there is a large online community of vape enthusiasts that have taken a lot of the work out of DIY eliquid for you. There are even recipe calculators like this one recommended in a great Soupwire tutorial which will take most of the confusing math out of the equation (get it?)
The basic idea is that you determine what strength of nicotine you like, and calculate your total with the flavorings and base ingredients. If you like a lot of clouds, you may want to bump up your VG content. Like a strong throat hit? Do more of your PG base instead.
With a handy calculator, you can input what your desired result is and the formula will tell you exactly how to make it in a variety of sizes. Easy as pie!
Mix Your DIY E Juice
Once you have formulated your recipe, it’s a good idea to try a small batch without nicotine to get a sense of the true flavor and texture of the vape. If you like the result, you’ll be ready to try your hand at mixing a bigger batch!
Add your ingredients to the bottle, following a pre-made recipe or a calculator like the one we’ve linked above. Make sure to measure carefully with your graduated cylinder or syringe in order to get the correct ratios.
Shake your bottle well to disperse the ingredients. If you so choose, you can steep your liquid as well. Steeping, or leaving it to develop in a dark place for a few weeks to a month, is believed to strengthen the flavor and give it unique characteristics.
Become a Thrifty Mad Vape Scientist!
Over time, you’ll likely find yourself creating new flavor blends and testing out new ratios to find exactly what you like in your DIY e juice. With ingredients that are super affordable, you can collect a variety of flavors and mix yourself something new for a fraction of the cost of premium liquids.
A fun science experiment that’s also easy on the wallet? Now that’s what we call a cool way to Save Your Dollars!