What’s In Your Vape Juice? The Ingredients of Your E-Liquid Explained

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By vaping and making the switch, you are exposed to a wide option of flavors. There are thousands of e-liquid flavors available in the market, and if you have been vaping for some time, you may like some flavors that just suit your buds perfectly.

Have you ever been curious about what’s in your e-liquid? You are putting it into your body anyway, so you should know what’s in it.

Here’s a little summary of what’s in your e-liquid:

Propylene Glycol

That part of your e-liquid that carries most of the flavor is propylene glycol, a clear liquid that doesn’t have a distinctive smell.

PG is commonly used in inhalers, and is considered safe for use by the FDA. Shampoo, toothpaste, skinwash, and other beauty products also contain PG.

While it is true that propylene glycol is an ingredient of anti-freeze, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it is toxic. In fact, it has been recognized as safe to use for oral and topical health products.

Vegetable Glycerin

Vegetable glycerin, more commonly known as glycerine is the ingredient that produces clouds when you vape. Generally speaking, a higher VG percentage produces more vapor.

VG is made from plant oils and is food-grade. For vaping, we use the same VG that is used in baking (99.7% pure).

Just like PG, you’ll find VG used in several health products such as medicines, soap, shampoo, lotion, and more. It also makes a great thickening agent for liquor. You may not be aware of it but you have been drinking what you vape for some time now.


Nicotine is that ingredient of your e-liquid that produces throat it. While popular belief that nicotine is synthesized and is cancerous, it is actually naturally occurring and is found in most plant products.

Like the caffeine in coffee, nicotine causes you to stay awake and sharp. It also is a good appetite suppressor and may cause you to lose wait.

Studies have shown that nicotine reduces the risk of many diseases such as ulcers, asthma, and sarcoma. Also, it is hypothesized that nicotine may be able to treat Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, while no formal study has been done on the subject.

Nicotine was believed to be addictive but there are recent findings that it may not be the part of a cigarette that causes addiction. This may be the reason why nicotine replacement therapy fails most of the time and didn’t have the same success rate as vaping.

Although it is generally safe, nicotine is toxic in high amounts. If your e-liquid contains nicotine, make sure that you move it away from your children and pets. In case that your e-liquid leaks and goes in contact with your skin, make sure to wash the affected part immediately.

Natural and Artificial Flavorings

Flavorings add taste to your e-liquid. Without it, your e-juice will taste a bit like mold. There are a lot of food flavorings out in the market, but most e-liquid contain PG, alcohol, and water as a base and other natural or artificial flavorings that emulate the taste of your favorite flavors.

While most e-liquid flavorings are safe, there have been issues with diacetyl and oil-based e-liquid flavorings. It is best to identify which flavors contain these and avoid them completely. Here’s a discussion on that at ECF.

Also, flavors like mint and cinnamon tend to crack acrylic tanks. Be aware of this to avoid losing your newly purchased hardware immediately after buying it because of a bad flavor decision.

Now you know what’s in your e-liquid, share it to your friends to make them aware too. If you are looking for a good selection of e-juice, you may check out VaporDNA.

Rafael Deramas

Rafael Deramas is a digital marketer and a vaping advocate. He started vaping to reduce smoking back in 2011, and has fully quit cigarettes for 2 years and counting. He is also an e-liquid manufacturer and vape shop owner.

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