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What Is DIY E-liquid?

DIY e-liquid is vape juice that a vaper makes at home with just a few ingredients and a small amount of equipment. With DIY eliquids, you can experiment with flavour combinations and VG/PG mix ratios to find a vape juice that suits you personally. 

What Are DIY E-liquids? 

DIY e-liquid is homemade vape juice. While making your own vape juice may sound complicated, it’s a straightforward and fun process for any vaper.

All you need is a VG/PG base mix, flavour concentrates that suit your tastes and – optionally – nic shots. A handful of bottles, beakers, and pipettes are all the gear you’ll need to open your own DIY vape juice production area.

What Are the Benefits of DIY E-liquids? 

There are numerous benefits to DIY vape juice, such as being able to control the flavour, thickness and nicotine strength of your batch. Making your own vape juice can also work out cheaper than frequently purchasing pre-mixed e-liquid, as the ingredients you buy can be stretched across several batches.

1. Curiosity 

Sometimes, it can take a while to find an e-liquid that suits you, and making your own vape juice allows you to mix and blend various intense flavour varieties to see what matches your preferred palette of tastes. It also lets you try unorthodox combinations; most manufacturers won’t risk mixing menthol with butterscotch, but that might be a blend you adore!

2. Control 

When you make your own e-liquid, you’re in total control over the flavour, the thickness of the final e-liquid batch and the nicotine strength. There’s no need to settle for what a manufacturer thinks is best when you’re the one measuring out the VG/PG and adding the nic shots.

The Tobacco Products Directive prevents UK retailers from selling e-liquid stronger than 20mg, but nothing is preventing you from cranking up the nicotine volume if 20mg isn’t satisfying to you.

3. Cost

When you buy pre-mixed e-liquids, you aren’t just paying for the juice itself but also the cost of manufacturing, bottling, and shipping it.

If you’d rather not shell out more pounds for greater convenience and have reasonable time to spare, large bottles of VG/PG, flavour concentrates, and flavourless nic shots are relatively inexpensive and can be used across several batches of e-liquid.

What Do You Need for DIY E-Liquid?

To produce DIY e-liquid, you only need four things:

  • Nicotine shots (optional!)
  • Flavour concentrates
  • PG & VG
  • DIY vaping accessories

We’ll now go over these and how they’re used in greater detail.

Nic Shots (Optional) 

Nic shots are 10ml bottles of nicotine solution in the form of a flavourless PG/VG suspension. Nic shots are classed as e-liquid and, as such, must abide by TPD restrictions on size and strength, so they’ll never be more potent than 18mg or 20mg. You’re free to use as many as you like, however!

Nicotine shots are, of course, optional, as you may be vaping for flavour and cloud production alone.

10ml
50% vg
18mg
[8 Reviews]
£1.99
10ml
70% vg
18mg
£2.50
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10ml
70% vg
18mg
[2 Reviews]
£1.99

Flavour Concentrates 

Flavour concentrates are liquids that carry powerful flavourings you’ll be diluting into a VG/PG base mix. The tastes themselves are often food-grade, but with VG/PG added to help them emulsify into the greater DIY batch you’re making.

The best flavour concentrates often take their tastes from natural sources. You’ll often see tobacco flavourings called ‘essences,’ sourced from genuine tobacco leaf cuttings.

Our top three recommendations are:

  1. MIST Peanut Butter
  2. MIST Fizzy Cola
  3. Nasty Juice Aroma Silver Blend
 

MIST Peanut Butter

Best Vape Concentrate
9.5/10
Total
Flavour
9.8/10
Size
9/10
Mixability
9.8/10
Sweetness
9.1/10
Price
9.9/10
Price
£2.87
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Features We Love

Go Nuts

Delicious creamy, salty nut flavour 

Verse Vape

Works well as part of a sweet, creamy, or savoury blend

Room To Spare

Only needs to be 5-7% of total juice, great mixability potential

Peanut butter is a truly standout flavour because of its wild versatility. I can enjoy peanut butter with jam in a sandwich, smeared onto pancakes, or even cooked with ginger, lemongrass and coconut for a delicious Thai curry.

As a result, the MIST Peanut Butter Concentrate is one of my instant go-to flavour bases that serve as a foundation for dozens of liquid mixes I’ve worked on. Want to add a creamy bite to a tobacco blend? Or how about a grounding element for a banana and vanilla ice cream mix? Peanut Butter, our top choice for our review of the best vape flavour concentrates in the UK, comes through with the winning flavour balance every time.

Pros

  • Unique savoury flavour
  • Works well with both tobacco and dessert blends
  • Minimal sweetness for greater application

Cons

  • Lack of sweetness a turn-off for some
  • Peanut flavour will be noticeably present in all mixes
Price
£2.87
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MIST Fizzy Cola

Best for: Beverage
9.4/10
Total
Flavour
9.3/10
Size
9/10
Mixability
9.5/10
Sweetness
9.3/10
Price
9.9/10
Price
£2.87
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Features We Love

Crack Open A Can: Sugary and almost candy-like classic cola flavour 
Vapourstream: Ready for fruit and icy additions to recreate classic soda forms 
Pick & Mix: Can be used standalone for the flavour of chewy cola bottle sweets 

Cola vapes are some of my absolute favourites because everyone likes being able to enjoy a sugary soda without worrying about their teeth and weight. The Fizzy Cola E-Liquid Concentrate is a highly versatile flavour concentrate as there are endless beverage flavour combos to choose from.

I like to add a little ice to the blend for that ‘fresh from the fridge’ flavour, and then I’ll go with either a sour citrus note for that ‘lemon wedge’ element or just a big old blast of sour cherry flavouring to make my very own cherry cola e-liquid. The perfect base for any beverage blend.

Pros

  • Rich and darkly sweet cola soda flavouring
  • Works perfectly with ice and fruit additions
  • Also excellent for fans of cola-bottle sweets

Cons

  • You may prefer a lemonade flavouring for your beverage blend
  • Strange when paired with pure menthol, better to use flavourless ice concentrates
Price
£2.87
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Nasty Juice Aroma Silver Blend

Best for: Spices
9.2/10
Total
Flavour
9.3/10
Size
9.5/10
Mixability
9/10
Sweetness
9.3/10
Price
8.8/10
Price
£9.99
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Features We Love

Nice Spice: Luxurious vanilla enhances gentle tobacco flavour 
Nice & Nasty: Characteristic Nasty Juice high sweetness levels 
Standalone: Works perfectly as the sole flavouring of your DIY e-liquid 

A touch of spice can bring an otherwise ordinary flavour like tobacco to life, and give you a whole new appreciation for your daily puff. Silver Blend – part of the Aroma range from Nasty Juice, one of the best vape concentrate brands around – does exactly this with a precise and perfect dose of fresh Madagascan vanilla.

Plucked from orchid flowers, vanilla provides a velvety and sweet addition to the grounded tobacco notes, elevating the profile significantly. I personally like to use Silver Blend on its own, but a little hint of cake or honey flavour can send the characteristic Nasty Juice e-liquid concentrates sweetness into overdrive, if that’s what you prefer!

Pros

  • Smooth tobacco and vanilla pod blend
  • Relaxing flavour combination
  • Notable Nasty Juice flavour plateaus

Cons

  • Nasty Juice flavour concentrates are too sweet for some
  • Smokers may find this has more of a ‘creamy’ than ‘smoky’ profile
Price
£9.99
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If you’re cautious about getting too creative, check out our handy DIY eliquid flavour chart to see what pairings work well.

PG & VG

PG (propylene glycol) and VG (vegetable glycerine) are vital components in almost all e-liquids. So, what are the differences when looking at PG vs VG?

500ml
0% vg
0mg
[8 Reviews]
£4.99

PG base liquid is a flavourless chemical used as a food additive derived from ethanol. PG has a similar viscosity to water and carries flavour very well. PG tends to impart a throat or chest ‘hit’ when inhaled.

VG base liquid is a natural sugar solution extracted from fruits and vegetables, often used as a primary ingredient in many cough syrups. VG is very thick, and using it will often make vape liquid smoother to inhale. VG also makes big vape clouds, and it’s worth noting that a high-VG cloudy vape juice will only absorb into coils that are built with it in mind.

99% of e-liquids use a blend of these two ingredients as their base mix, to which flavours and nicotine will be added later. Some people do have a PG intolerance, which causes them painful irritation. Luckily, you can make 100% VG vape liquid, but remember, you’ll need a sub-ohm vape kit to use it efficiently.

500ml
100% vg
0mg
[6 Reviews]
£4.99

DIY E-liquid Accessories 

Once you have your base mixes, your flavourings and your optional nicotine shots, you’ll need a small number of mixing accessories in which to mix and bottle them as finished e-liquid.

A 120ml e-liquid bottle is suitable for use as a brewing site. You can then pour it into 10ml or 60ml bottles for easy transporting or continue to use the 120ml bottle.

A syringe is essential for getting accurate amounts of each ingredient, and those wishing to use 10ml bottles will benefit from a pipette.

We also recommend you undertake any DIY mixing with the use of gloves.

10ml
[3 Reviews]
£0.50
120ml
[1 Reviews]
£2.89
2.5ml 10ml
[3 Reviews]
£0.50

How to Mix DIY E-liquid?

With everything to hand, all you need to do now is mix the ingredients and give them a few days to brew so that the e-liquid flavour is strong enough to enjoy. It’s a relatively simple process:

  1. Start mixing VG and PG into a flavourless base mix. We strongly recommend using an e-liquid calculator, which will help break down how much of each ingredient you require by the ml. Remember that the initial PG/VG mix determines how thick and cloudy your final vape liquid will be.
  2. Add flavour concentrate to the base mix. Be sure to read the product description of the concentrate, as different flavourings suggest different amounts of concentrate be used. Also, remember to be sparing if you intend to combine several different flavour concentrates.
  3. Add nic shots. Do some liquid maths to determine how much you need to add to attain your desired strength. 1x 18mg nic shot added to 50ml of vape liquid will result in 60ml of 3mg strength liquid, whereas 4 shots added to 10ml will result in 60ml of 12mg strength.
  4. Put the lid on your mixing bottle and give it all a good, long shake to ensure everything is blending.
  5. Put the final mixture in a dark, cool place with the lid off for a few days to let steeping take care of the final step. If you’ve used a lot of nic shots we recommend giving it a good while to brew, up to 4-5 days.

And with all that finished, you’ve now got some ready-to-vape DIY e-liquid! It’s an easy process, but if you’d like more detailed step-by-step instructions, check out our how to make vape juice guide.

Need More Help

To summarise: DIY e-liquid is a vape juice brewed by an enthusiast using a blend of VG/PG base mix, flavour concentrates, nic shots and a little patience. It’s a value-effective way to attain a large quantity of vape liquid, and it’s great fun to boot! Visit the MIST online store to get all the DIY e-liquid products you need to make your own vape juice!

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