e-Juice FAQ

What is e-Juice?

e-Juice or e-liquid (juice or joose) is  a blend of  Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG). The nicotine, if any, is usually suspended in the vegetable glycerin and the 2 are combined with flavorings (also suspended in VG) to create the desired vapor taste. Initially the ratio was 70% PG to 30% VG but as the trend to lower ohms and higher temperatures advanced vapers demanded a higher concentration of VG for the fuller vapor clouds. Higher VG makes for a thicker joose which can clog coils more quickly on a 1.8 or 2.0 ohm atomizer. For typical non sub-ohm coils you will probably find a high PG is preferable.

Propylene Glycol

Propylene glycol is an organic compound that is viscous, colourless and nearly odourless with a faintly sweet taste.
It is used as a preservative in food and tobacco products, as well as being one of the major ingredients of the “e liquid” or “e juice” used in electronic cigarettes (e cigs), along with vegetable glycerin.
Propylene glycol is also used in various edible items such as coffee-based drinks, liquid sweeteners, ice cream, whipped dairy products and soda. Vaporizers used for delivery of pharmaceuticals or personal care products often include propylene glycol among the ingredients. Propylene glycol is used as a solvent in many pharmaceuticals, including oral, injectable and topical formulations, such as for diazepam and lorazepam which are insoluble in water.

Vegetable Glycerine

Either organic (derived from plants) or synthetic, glycerine is used primarily as a sweetener and to keep foods moist.

Is it dangerous?

There have been numerous studies showing the harm reduction of e-cigarettes but most of the negativity surrounds the potential for children to be lured into nicotine addiction with fruity, creamy flavors and easy access. Online ecigarette retailers in general and Commonwealth Vapes in particular run a very strict policy against sales to minors.

A popular urban myth is that propylene glycol is anti-freeze. So obviously not true it’s difficult to take seriously. Propylene Glycol is a FOOD GRADE ADDITIVE used in many consumer products. A very rare percentage of the population is allergic to PG. If so, contact us and we’ll source or blend you a 100% VG.

Is it Legal?

In Canada there are currently no laws governing the purchase and sale of nicotine infused liquids although it is a restricted product under Health Canada and as such, cannot be sold to minors (under 19 years of age in BC).

Flavors, Brands and Blends

Buying your first couple bottles of e juice can be confusing. Here’s a few pointers and tips:

  • if you’re used to a fairly strong cigarette an 18g should be enough. Many new users go for the highest level (24g) but drop back down as they adapt
  • when you first start vaping, your taste-buds are still a bit out of whack. In a few weeks you’ll have a better sense of what you like. For now try to purchase an e-juice that mimics a tobacco flavor you liked when smoking, but don’t expect it to be exactly the same.
  • All these fruits and creams??? Sample them slowly, definitely at the 10 ml size until you’ve found one you like
  • most fruit flavors have a taste similar to the flavourings you find in candies and gums. If you like those “simulated” flavours, you may like fruit flavored vapes
  • switching flavours will leave a residual taste on your coils. You’ll notice this most when you come across a flavor you don’t like 🙂