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Let’s Talk Liquid: Why Are Some Oils Different and What Is Best For You?

When it comes to e-cigarettes and liquids, sometimes it’s hard to tell in what ways certain e-cigarette oils are different, especially if you’re new to the whole thing. In order to make things a bit easier to see, we’re going to shatter the myths on cheaper versus expensive brands, and explain the differences between the most common type of oils you can find on the market today.

Cheap oils versus “premium” oils: is there really a difference?

As vaping is slowly trending in popularity, certain manufacturers have started to sell premium brands of oils. With these kinds of brands, you can expect to pay upwards of $1 per ml of juice, which is three times more expensive than what other manufacturers typically charge for. But is the price justified?

Looking at the contents, there’s the classic VG (Vegetable Glycerin) and PG (Propylene Glycol) components that take up about 85% to 95% of the bottle. The remainder is just the flavor. Even though there are dozens of manufacturers, the VG and PG are exactly the same type of chemicals, whether you’re buying a premium brand or not.

Some oils come with custom flavors

The real value comes from those companies that are selling e-liquids with custom flavoring profiles. These are not that easy to make, since they’re hard to mass-produce, so a higher price point is justified.

Still, the amount of importance you’re placing on custom flavors really comes down to each specific individual. For some, paying for custom flavors will be money well spent, while others are mostly looking for a good deal.

PG and VG: what are they and what is the best ratio between them?

PG (Propylene Glycol) is a petroleum by-product. It has no smell and no color. Its secret, however, lies in the ‘throat hit’ effect it provides, which is something most e-cigarette users are looking for. Compared to VG, it’s better at carrying flavor, and it poses no threat to one’s health whatsoever. The side-effects may include a dry mouth and thirstiness, so make sure to remain well-hydrated during use.

VG (Vegetable Glycerine) comes from vegetable oil, making it a great choice for vegetarians. It’s thicker and sweeter than PG. Since it’s completely natural, it doesn’t irritate the eyes or the skin. It has a low level of toxicity, and the only real downside to it is if you’re unlucky enough to be allergic to it. In terms of side effects, it’s quite similar to PG.

Usually, you want to go after the most optimal ratio of both. Higher concentrations of PG will provide a greater “throat hit” effect while also making your vaping harder to notice. On the other hand, using a higher concentration of VG will give it a smoother flavor while also make the smoke much more apparent.

Of course, certain vape tanks are more suitable for one or the other, so make sure to check up on it before deciding on your purchase.


Hopefully, we’ve answered some of the most pressing questions you might have had about the different types of e-cigarette oils. And if you haven’t considered replacing the classic cigarettes with e-cigarettes, try them out for a bit and see if you like it. The authorities agree: it’s an effective tool to quit smoking.

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