All About E-Liquid
E-Liquid is what makes vaping work. The good news is that today you can buy extremely high-quality, Made-In-The-USA e-liquid which contains only the ingredients that are necessary to provide you with an enjoyable experience. The bad news is that there are still some e-liquids on the market which are laden with extra chemicals. All of our JDL Associates™ e-liquids are straightforward mixtures of:
• 100% Pure USP Kosher Certified Vegetable Glycerin (Palm Based);
• 100% Pure USP Kosher Certified Propylene Glycol;
• Highest-Quality Natural and Artificial Flavors; and
• 100% Pure Organic USP/EP Kosher Certified Liquid Nicotine (Optional).
• And Nothing Else!
Propylene glycol ("PG") and vegetable glycerin ("VG") are both very common, non-toxic, faintly sweet, colorless, clear, viscous liquids, used:
• as a solvent in many pharmaceuticals, including oral, injectable, and topical formulations;
• as a moisturizer in medicines, cosmetics, food, toothpaste, mouth wash, and tobacco products;
• as a solvent for food colorings and flavorings;
• as an additive to pipe tobacco to prevent dehydration;
• in smoke machines to make artificial smoke for use in firefighter training and theatrical productions; and
• in many, many other applications including electronic cigarettes.
It should be noted that, contrary to many news reports, e-liquid does NOT contain ethylene glycol. Propylene glycol and ethylene glycol are two completely different compounds. Ethylene Glycol is a poison, used in many anti-freeze products. Propylene glycol is a safe, non-toxic compound (described above). It's the same kind of difference as between ethanol and methanol. Methanol (rubbing alcohol) is a highly poisonous chemical, produced synthetically, that can cause blindness and even death if ingested. Ethanol, however, is an alcohol compound that is created from the fermentation of food crops and is found in all kinds of beer, wine, and liquor. They're very different compounds, just like ethylene glycol and propylene glycol.
The ratio of PG to VG is an important characteristic of e-liquid. While personal preference is the dominant factor when choosing the PG/VG ratio, there are some guidelines that you should follow based on the type of vaporizer that you are using. For recommendations on appropriate PG/VG ratios:
PLEASE READ: Nicotine Concentration and PG/VG Ratio.
E-Liquid is now available from many different websites and vape shops. It is made by many different manufacturers and comes in many different flavors. So how do you sort out which e-liquid to buy? Well, it's all about the price, your personal taste, the ingredients, and how well the e-liquid is "steeped" before you use it.
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This one is easy. If you pay more than about fifty cents ($0.50) per milliliter for e-liquid, you're getting ripped off! And if you pay less than about thirty cents ($0.30) per milliliter, you're buying a sub-standard product! Of course, the price per milliliter will be higher for small bottles because the bottle cost and labor cost represent a much higher portion of the total cost of a small bottle. When you taste the difference of a high-quality e-liquid, you'll never go back to cheaper, sub-standard products.
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Just because a particular e-liquid product is more expensive, or it comes in a really fancy package, or it comes from a really fancy website or vape shop, or even if it has received great reviews, doesn't mean that it is good quality or that you will like it past the first few puffs. We once purchased a very expensive bottle of e-liquid from a very reputable website that had received wonderful reviews. When my wife tried it, she said that it tasted like "cat pee", and I agreed with her. It was simply awful, and we even had to dispose of the vaporizer in which we tried it because we could not get the taste out of it. And some vapers will like a particular flavor while other vapers will not. My wife loves cherry flavored e-liquid. To me, on the other hand, cherry flavored e-liquid is only good for flushing down the toilet. I hate it. The bottom line is that you should base your flavor selection on the description of the flavor, not just the name, or the package, or someone else's opinion. If you can't easily find a clear description of the flavor, look elsewhere. And when you want to try a new flavor, only start with a small bottle, to see how well you like it. We learned the hard way in the beginning, and purchased several large bottles of flavors that we just never used at all.
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As far as the ingredients are concerned, there's one very good rule -- if you can't easily find out what's in it, don't buy it! Many e-liquid manufacturers use cheaper, sub-standard ingredients to reduce cost. And some manufacturers use chemical preservatives to increase the shelf-life of the product. The truth is, however, that high-quality ingredients are not that much more expensive, and preservatives in e-liquid are just not necessary. The shelf life of all of our JDL Associates™ e-liquids is more than a year, with no added preservatives. We think that's plenty long enough! The bottom line is, be careful! Some e-liquids will taste pretty good for the first few puffs, but after a while, all of those sub-standard ingredients and preservatives will cause any flavor to start tasting "funky". At JDL Associates™ we only use the finest ingredients available.
IMPORTANT: You need to be aware of some specific flavoring ingredients which require a more in-depth discussion. For a complete explanation of these ingredients:
PLEASE READ: Diketones.
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Some flavors of e-liquid (mostly custard, bakery, and tobacco flavors) simply do not taste very good when they are first blended. Just as in the aging process for a fine wine, it simply takes time for all of the flavor ingredients to get properly dispersed into, and properly merged with, the PG/VG base. There are ways to accelerate the process (heat, agitation, etc.), but nothing does the job as well as time. And some flavors of e-liquid, like some kinds of fine wine, need to breathe a little bit before they achieve their best flavor. Other flavors (primarily fruity flavors) actually lose some of their potency with time and/or breathing.
This process of properly aging and/or breathing e-liquid is called "steeping", and can involve a fairly complex procedure that can be very different for each flavor. Even though we custom blend each and every bottle of our JDL Associates™ e-liquids to your exact specifications, we have implemented a manufacturing process that strives to ensure that each bottle of each flavor is properly steeped when you receive it. Just please keep in mind that sometimes our timing could be a little off, due to variations in our sales and production rates. So if your flavor isn't quite as good as you expected upon arrival, wait a week or so and it might improve dramatically with time.
If you have any questions, or need any additional information about our JDL Associates™ e-liquids please contact us at CustomerService@Vaping101.com.
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