DIY E-Liquid 101 - How to Mix Your Own E-Juice

Posted by Make My Vape 11/12/2017 13 Comment(s) News,

So you’ve been vaping for a while now, and you’ve heard about DIY e-liquid, or maybe you saw this pop up on your news feed and you were curious. DIY e-liquid is a community of its own and ranges from everyday hobbyists to vendors trying to make a living. Now it’s your turn to take a step further in vaping and learn how simple and cost-effective DIY e-liquid can really be. Let’s begin by seeing what exactly makes up your juice. There will be approximately four ingredients in every e-liquid you vape:

  • Propylene glycol - a colourless organic compound with a slightly sweet taste. The toxicity of PG is very low, and only large amounts of it are likely to cause any noticeable harm.
  • Vegetable glycerine - another colourless and odourless liquid that is quite viscous. It has many applications in the food and pharmaceutical industry.
  • Flavour concentrates - the same ones used in food. There can be many flavour concentrates in your juice or even none at all! It all depends on your personal preferences here.
  • Finally, nicotine - the most hazardous substance you will be dealing with, as it is a poison. Always use gloves when handling nicotine and be sure that you have the correct quantity in your e-liquid, because it can potentially be very dangerous!

Next, we’ll take a look at the equipment you’ll need:

  • A precise syringe - one that is calibrated to take a small measurement relative to the amount of juice you want to make. For example, with a 10ml bottle you will want a 1ml syringe; with a 50ml bottle you will want a 10ml syringe, and so forth.
  • A glass beaker - you can optionally have two of these; one for making the mix, and one for pouring your base liquids (PG and VG) into so that they are easier to draw into the syringe.
  • An e-liquid bottle - usually just a PET plastic bottle or a glass bottle if you want to be fancy. Glass is arguably better as it is less reactive than plastic and will not cause any change to the flavour, but this difference is usually negligible.

That’s it! We are ready to get started. Clear yourself a little space on a desk or a table, lay out your ingredients and equipment, and grab a recipe. If you want to make your own recipe, then you can use a calculator tool such as the e-liquid calculator on our site. Otherwise, there are plenty of recipes to find online and try out. In this example, we are going to use the Dragon Ball recipe that you may have seen in Eli’s DIY Drops. The recipe is a 30/70 PG-VG e-liquid containing 8% TFA Bubblegum, 5% TFA Ripe Banana, 4% CAP Sweet Strawberry, and 3% CAP Vanilla Custard. Punching this into the e-liquid calculator, we can create a 10ml recipe. This one includes my preference of 2mg nicotine content:

  • 0.6ml PG
  • 7ml VG
  • 0.4ml Nicotine (note that this is for 50mg PG nicotine, yours may be different)
  • 0.8ml TFA Bubblegum
  • 0.5ml TFA Ripe Banana
  • 0.4ml CAP Sweet Strawberry
  • 0.3ml CAP Vanilla Custard

There. Now we can crack on with the mixing, which is actually much simpler than coming up with the recipe. Take your syringe and draw 0.6ml of PG - this can be made simpler if you decided to bring an extra beaker to pour the PG in to first. Transfer this to your mixing beaker, then pour any excess PG back into the bottle. Now, give the beaker a rinse to avoid cross-contamination and do the same with the VG and Nicotine. Your flavour concentrates will either be free-flowing or nibbed. If they are free-flowing, go ahead and add them to your mix. If they are nibbed, you have two options- add them by drops, which I won’t be covering here, or take some small pliers and pull the nib off to go ahead as usual. So you’ve added everything to your mix. Great! You will now have to pour this into your e-liquid bottle or draw it into your syringe and transfer it that way. Make sure you get as much of the liquid into your bottle as you can so that the ingredient potency remains the same. Now shake up that bottle and disturb the mix a little, before throwing it into a dark cupboard for the next few days. This process of allowing it to sit and naturally combine all of the ingredients is called ‘steeping’ and I’ll cover that in another guide. One thing you should know is that the longer you allow your e-liquid to steep, the more accurate and potent the flavour will be. If this guide helped you to make your first e-liquid, great! If you know some friends who are also looking to create their own e-liquid, then share this on your social media using the buttons below! All ingredients and tools used in this guide can be purchased on the Make My Vape store, check it out!

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13 Comment(s)

23/04/2016, 11:23:41 AM

hi thanks for the reply one more pls . i have the ready mix pg/vg bottle your calculator works individually , ive got 17.5 vg & 2.3 pg =19.8 ml do i use that amount with the ready mix to get my mix ? (flavor & nicotine on the top obviously )thanks Alex

Make My Vape:
26/04/2016, 03:43:05 PM

Alex, That sounds right but if you want to double check, email us through the 'contact' page on the website with your ingredients list and your intended final liquid, and we will be happy to verify it for you.

25/04/2016, 09:19:36 PM

Hi, when I make my single flavour e liquid using make my vape ingredients & calculator the flavour of my liquid seems to be very weak . I'm using 70 vg 30 pg, 20 % flavour, 18mg nicotine .Thanks

Make My Vape:
26/04/2016, 03:37:31 PM

Nigel,Which flavour are you experiencing this problem with?

16/06/2016, 10:19:48 PM

Hi there, I have used the calculator on your site and mixed a 40/60 mix, I have used a single flavour strawberry (ripe) and another mix with the blueberry but both flavours are very weak, I have used 20% flavour and steeped for 3 days but very disappointed with the flavours. Any tips?

Make My Vape:
26/07/2016, 05:01:48 PM

Hi,Try to add a little bit more of flavor concentrate until you will be satisfy with the flavour. We would recommend anything from 10% - 30% overall.

13/07/2016, 07:20:31 PM

Have just started vaping my first mix following reading this blog and deciding to mix my own..And it is great! The whole process from placing my order on the phone to bottling my first mix. Easy. The kits are great. Instructions and video clips easy to follow. The calculator very useful. Well done thanks again. PS Sweet strawberry. Bavarian cream and a little ethyl maltol. V tasty.

AnaMarie Gundry:
10/08/2016, 06:35:26 PM

HiI have just received my kit and I have made a single flavor Tutti Frutti How long do I have to let it sit before I can use. It is my first time in making my own lol so have not even tried to make with other flavors added. Any suggestions for a newbie.

Make My Vape:
11/08/2016, 11:28:08 AM

Hi!We normally recommend leaving your e-liquids to steep for at least 2 - 3 days. The longer you will leave your liquid to steep, the more the ingredients will blend together.

24/11/2016, 12:00:48 AM

I bought a few TFA flavourings to make my e liquid. I have tried both 50/50 vg pg and also 80/20 but am not getting any flavour from ripe banana and also blueberry extra. I started of with 20% flavourings and now have 30% flavouring, which has been allowed to steep for 4 weeks and also breathe but still not getting much flavor. I've made several batches but all taste very weak. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Make My Vape:
28/11/2016, 05:20:39 PM

Hi,Are you making only single flavour mixes? Did you gave it a good shake every day , especially the mixes with high VG ratio?

29/11/2016, 05:04:51 PM

Following my last post I have tried a mix of banana and blueberry and also these flavors on there own and still can't taste it. I'm very accurate with my measuring and I shook 2 times a day everyday. I need help as I can't buy a nice banana juice, hence why I visited your site to create my own.

Make My Vape:
01/12/2016, 09:30:53 AM

hmm... Ripe Banana TFA is a quite strong flavour. It also seems like you are mixing it in a right proportions. Maybe you can try to mix Banana flavour with Sweet Cream or Vanilla in order to get more 'flavour' in your vape?

sean glover:
08/01/2018, 07:29:30 PM

what is the recipe for blue berry custard please. iam going to make 100ml. can any 1 help me please

02/12/2016, 05:04:43 PM

I can't get away with the cream flavourings. All I want is just banana and to be able to taste it. Do you have a customer service department?

Make My Vape:
06/12/2016, 05:24:20 PM

Ripe Banana flavour concentrate is the strongest banana flavour in our offer. If you would like to speak with us, you can give us a call on 01707566056.

Simon Taylor:
08/12/2016, 02:05:34 PM

How does the flavour enhancer work ??? & where does it go on the calculator??? Dilutent or Flavour ???Thanks for any help received.

Make My Vape:
09/12/2016, 01:15:54 PM

Flavour Enhancer or Toner help to reduce harsh notes and boost overall tones. In calculator you will use it as flavour concentrate. Usually you would need only a drop per ml.

Andrew Brown:
18/01/2017, 09:53:30 PM, make my vape

hi guys and girls ive made two different batches 1 at 30 70 and 1 at 50 50 really looking forward to trying them they have been steeping for a couple off days so cant wait to try them but i wouid like some advice about how much flavour to use as i like to mix 2 flavours

Tony Miller:
20/02/2017, 11:12:27 AM

Hi Alex, being new to this I may have missed it before, but any chance of a list of acronyms and abbreviations as I get a bit lost when two of the same flavour mixes have different abbreviations on them. I'm planning on getting the big mix kit by way of a starter kit. Thanks.

Make My Vape:
06/03/2017, 04:59:03 PM

Hi Tony,The abbreviation like CAP or TFA are only represent the manufacturer names. In example:CAP- Capella TFA - The Flavour Apprentice FW - Flavour West TFCC - The Flavour Concentrate Company P&B - Pope and Brewer's

02/05/2017, 04:10:42 AM, DIY E-Liquid 101

I bought some 30vg 70 of liquid today and had to take it back to have them add VG due to a pg sensitivity. She made 4 30 ml bottles out of 2 30 ml bottle just by adding VG. Not so worried about the nic content I. Sure it went down of course. But I am wondering what VG/pg that would amount to be. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you

Make My Vape:
04/05/2017, 09:28:56 AM

Maria,Pre-mix 30VG/70PG simply mean there is a 70% of PG in a bottle and 30% of VG and it is only bases - no nicotine. Please remember that our flavour concentrates are based in PG! Therefore, by adding flavours to your mix you will increase the amount of PG.

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