What does it mean?

DIY (Do It Yourself) is an alternative consumption model that involves producing your own e-liquid. Designing your own liquid allows you to dose the flavours, choose your base and nicotine content, to create a unique e-liquid totally adapted to your way of vaping. It's the chance to try out and invent new flavours. DIY is possible, economical and easier than you might think!

What are the advantages?

  • Large savings to reduce the price you pay. (Price of a 10 ml bottle, around 2 Euros depending on the dosage of the aroma).
  • Know and master the composition of e-liquids
  • With the infinite combinations, thanks to the large choice of aromas and bases, you can tailor your liquid to satisfy your own tastes.
  • The satisfaction of making your very own e-liquid!

How to produce e-liquid yourself?

DIY is child's play:

  • Add a few drops of concentrated aromas in the neutral base (PG and/or VG with or without nicotine)
  • Wait patiently (minimum 48h) to give the aromas time to develop,
  • Taste and enjoy.

What do I need?

To produce your own e-liquid, you'll need:

  • A ready-to-use base: A neutral, flavourless e-liquid, with the chosen nicotine content (same content as the ready-to-use e-liquids that you bought). The choice of base will determine the hit (sensation of the passing of the vapour in the throat), the taste as well as the volume and texture of the vapour.
  • Concentrated aroma(s): There are more than a hundred different aromas. The aromas impart taste to your liquid, it's for you to choose the ones you prefer.
  • Additive(s): optional, they enhance the taste of certain aromas, add the finishing touches to e-liquids, sweeten or add a sensation of freshness.
  • Accessories:and finally, all you need to handle, decant and store your future e-liquid, that is new bottles, syringes and protective equipment.

Which base to choose?

To produce a homemade e-liquid, you need a ready-to-use base which will constitute 80 to 90% of your mixture. It's in fact a "neutral" e-liquid (tasteless) with or without nicotine, to which you add one or more concentrated aromas. Two ingredients are used to produce e-liquid for electronic cigarettes: Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerine (VG).

The 100% liquids:

100% propylene glycol: This base is the best vehicle for the aroma. Combined with the nicotine, the hit (sensation in the throat) is close to that of a real cigarette. But although the sensation of the vapour passing down the throat is tangible, the amount of vapour produced is very low. Its use may be problematic with some atomizers and it may leak due to its low viscosity. Please note that PG dehydrates, so vaping with 100% PG means you'll need to drink a lot to quench your thirst.

  • 100% vegetable glycerine: This base produces a lot of vapour and simulates traditional cigarette smoke very well. The vapour produced is thicker and has a tendency to hang in the air longer. It effects the aromas somewhat (sugary aroma) and the hit (sensation of the vapour passing down the throat) is less. Relatively viscous, glycerine does however clog up your atomizer (coil) more quickly. It should also be noted that pure glycerine heated to above 150°C produces acrolein, a substance that is found in the smoke of a real cigarette and which is known to be toxic and potentially carcinogenic.

You can prepare your own mixtures from these two bases and get the benefits of propylene and vegetable glycerine.

See the base calculator.

Download the free software liquidvap too

You can also buy ready-to-use mixtures directly which we advise beginners to do.

Ready-to-use mixtures:

  • The 80 PG/20 VG: The top selling mixture in France as it was made popular by a leading French e-liquid brand name, the main thing is to add a bit of vegetable glycerine to compensate for the lack of vapour and the dehydrating effect of PG.
  • The 50 PG/50 VG : We recommend this solution as it will give you the best of both worlds. A good vehicle for the aromas, a satisfying hit, generous vapour and light viscosity (to avoid rapid clogging up of the material).

Which nicotine content to choose?

We have base liquids with 4 different nicotine levels for sale: 0 mg/ml, 6 mg/ml, 12 mg/ml, 18 mg/ml. We advise you to use the same levels as when you buy ready-to-use e-liquids.

You can obtain different nicotine levels to the 4 on offer by mixing 2 bases with two different nicotine content. E.g. if you want to have 10 ml of e-liquid with a nicotine content of 9 mg, mix 5 ml of a base of 18 mg with 5 ml of a base with 0 mg. For more complex mixtures, you can use the base calculator.

As an example:

  • If you are heavily dependent on nicotine, we advise you to choose e-liquids with a nicotine dosage of 18 mg/ml together with a powerful variable voltage electronic cigarette which will allow you to increase the amount of vapour and the hit in the throat.
  • If you are somewhat dependent on nicotine, we suggest you use e-liquids with a nicotine dosage of 12 mg/ml.
  • If you are just slightly addicted to nicotine, we suggest you use e-liquids with a nicotine dosage of 6 mg/ml.
  • If you are not dependent on nicotine, we suggest you use nicotine free e-liquids. The absence of nicotine will reduce the hit so prefer stronger flavours such as glacial mint or the mint tobacco mixtures.
  • If you are a non-smoker, avoid nicotine e-liquids altogether. A regular smoker has a considerably higher number of nicotinic receptors which limit the effects of nicotine but for a non-smoker, the risk of becoming dependent or overdosing is quite real!

Which aromas should you choose?

The proverb says "The proof is in the pudding": An aroma adored by one person is not necessarily to the taste of others. It's up to you to decide what you like best. And there are no rules here. Follow your instincts, your desires and try out daring recipes to match your moods. There are more than a hundred different aromas. Whether you choose mint, tobacco, strawberry, peach or bonbon, you'll certainly come across flavours that suit you.

E-liquids can be divided into four aromatic categories:

  • Tobacco aromas
  • Mint aromas
  • Gourmet aromas
  • Drink aromas

A good piece of advice to start off well: begin with one single aroma per formulation.

There are two ways to dose the aromas:

  • Number of drops (depending on the aromas and the brand, the number of drops varies).
  • As a % and therefore in millilitres. You need to reckon on an average of 10% of aromas in an e-liquid.

Each product fact sheet for an aroma has the number of drops that you need to put in a 10 ml base. Note that 1 ml of aroma is the equivalent of 30 drops. If you need to put 10% of aroma in a base, you therefore need 10 ml for 100 ml, so 1 ml of aroma or 30 drops for 10 ml of base.

And the additives?

Optional in the formulation of liquids, additives adapted for the formulation of an e-liquid enhance the taste of certain aromas (bring out the flavour of certain aromas, add the finishing touches to e-liquids, sweeten or add a sensation of freshness).

Advice: stay in a proportion of 1 to 3% of your base formulation mixture + concentrated aroma(s), as the additives are very powerful in general.

Here are some examples of additives:

  • Malic Acid (SOUR): gives a slightly acid sensation.
  • Methyl Lactate (KOOLADA): imparts a sensation of intense coolness similar to that of menthol.
  • Sweetner: adds a sugary flavour and neutralises the bitterness of some aromas.
  • Vanilline: gives balance to aroma mixtures.
  • Bitter Wizard: lessens the sugary taste of bases and can even give a sensation of bitterness.
  • Acetyl Pyrazine: imparts a smoky flavour a bit like roasted hazelnuts.

What proportion base/aroma/additive?

  • The base represents 80 to 90% of your mixture.
  • The aroma represents between 5 and 20% (varies depending on the strength of the aromas)
  • The additives as they are generally very powerful, no more than 1 to 3%.

How long should you wait?

Maturation or ageing is a crucial stage which gives your e-liquid formulation the time needed to develop its peak aromatic flavour.

  • Tobacco type aromas: Minimum maturation of 15 days if not several weeks
  • Other aromas: Minimum maturation of 48h

You should shake the flask once formulation is finished and a little each day to diffuse the aroma well.

Also note that the addition of an additive does not generally increase maturation time while the higher the vegetable glycerine content in the base, the longer the maturation time.

What precautions should you take?

Nicotine is a dangerous product even when diluted and it should be handled with extreme care. Always wear gloves and safety goggles when using nicotine bases.
Store your bottles containing nicotine in a place to which you alone have access, under lock and key, and without light.

Aromas should never be used by themselves. They must always be mixed in low quantities in the base.