Q. What is e-liquid?
A. E-liquid is the solution used in an electronic cigarette to produce its vapour, flavour, and in some cases “throat hit”. (Throat hit is a term used to describe the bite in your throat produced by nicotine eliquid vapour.)
Q. What ingredients are in e-liquid?
A. E-liquid recipes vary from one company to the next, however all contain the same basic ingredients.
E-liquid starts with a base, which is the part used to create the vapour produced. The base of an e-liquid is made from a mixture of propylene glycol, and vegetable glycerin.
Water soluble, natural and artificial flavouring ingredients are added to the e-liquid base to create the variety of flavours we offer.
Some e-liquids may also contain small amounts of food grade alcohol, and or distilled water.
Q. What is propylene glycol?
A. Propylene glycol is a food grade chemical used in a large number of applications, as an additive, including cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and food products.
Propylene glycol is used in many food products as a flavouring carrier. Propylene glycol is non-toxic, and can be found in food colourings, flavourings, snow cones, and many other products.
Propylene glycol has a slight irritating effect when inhaled. This effect is used to better mimic the irritation caused by inhaling tobacco smoke.
Please Note: Some individuals are allergic, or intolerant, to propylene glycol. Common indications of a reaction to propylene glycol may include a warm, tingly, or burning sensation in your mouth or tongue. If you experience any side effects of this sort, we suggest speaking to a medical professional or trying a predominantly vegetable glycerin-based e-liquid.
Q. What is vegetable glycerin?
A. Vegetable glycerin (or just glycerin) is similar to propylene glycol in molecular structure, with different physical properties. It is thicker, and has a sweeter taste than propylene glycol. Glycerin also gives a much smoother effect when inhaled.
When used on its own, glycerin is very thick, and often difficult to absorb into your cartridge, or cartomizer.
Please Note: Some individuals are allergic, or intolerant, to glycerin. Common indications of a reaction to glycerin may include a heavy feeling of phlegm or liquid build-up in your lungs, or irritation in your throat, lungs or mouth. If you experience any side effects of this sort, we suggest speaking to a medical professional or trying a predominantly propylene glycol-based e-liquid.
Q. How much propylene glycol & glycerin are in Flavour Crafters e-liquids?
A. Our original line blend contains roughly 50% food-grade propylene glycol, and 50% glycerin. This ratio is the best choice for the average user as it has an excellent throat hit while still maintaining a smooth quality and high vapour production.
This line of 50/50 blend works exceptionally well in most tanks, cartomizers, and atomizers without any of the wicking problems experienced with most high glycerin-based e-liquids.
The 50/50 e-liquid blends are generally preferable for individuals with slight intolerance to glycerin.
Our Revolve and Custard lines contain 15% propylene glycol and 85% glycerin. Unlike most predominantly glycerin-based e-liquids, which can be too thick to properly vape, we've thinned the consistency of our 85% glycerin lines to ensure they function properly in your devices.
The Revolve and Custard e-liquid lines are recommended for anyone who would prefer a higher glycerin-basd e-liquid.
Our newest all-natural line is 100% glycerin-based. There is no presence of propylene glycol. This allows for a very smooth, slightly sweeter taste and is recommended for individuals who have allergies or irritations due to propylene glycol. The process to create these liquids is more time-consuming but the outcome is a rich, sweet, propylene glycol-free solution without being too thick to not work properly in the adequate devices.
Q. What is diacetyl?
A. Diacetyl (2,3-butanedione) is a flavouring ingredient which is commonly used in food products and naturally occurs in many types of alcohol. Diacetyl has a buttery flavour, and is commonly added to oil-based butter substitutes, and microwave popcorn.
Studies in recent years have shown that exposure to the vapour created when diacetyl is heated can increase the risk of bronchiolitis obliterans, which is a very serious lung disease.
Due to the risks associated with the use of diacetyl-containing flavouring ingredients, we test random batches to ensure that all flavourings used in our premium e-liquids are free of this potentially harmful chemical.
Q. What is acetyl propionyl?
A. Acetyl propionyl (2,3-pentanedione) is a flavouring ingredient that has been used by flavouring manufacturers to replace diacetyl, in hopes to avoid the potential risks associated with diacetyl. However, acetyl propionyl is a ketone with similar structural properties to diacetyl, and very likely to share its toxicity as well.
Due to this reason, we treat dcetyl propionyl no differently than we do diacetyl. We test for acetyl propionyl and make every effort to eliminate it from our e-liquids.
Q. What is acetoin?
A. Acetoin is a flavouring ingredient that is used in the food industry to create a buttery flavour. There has been no evidence shown that acetoin, in and of itself, poses any inhalation risk. However, during the manufacturing process, the final acetoin product may contain trace levels of diacetyl. While acetoin itself is not of concern, flavourings that contain acetoin should be tested for diacetyl. In our testing protocols, we test for both acetoin and diacetyl.