First thing first. I would like to thank Flavour Art for sponsoring these articles. I am enjoying writing them and I hope you enjoy them as well.
Why DIY? Well, why wouldn’t you is the bigger question in my mind. I think everyone that vapes should know at least a little about DIY. Most, if not all, vapers started for harm reduction from smoking cigarettes. Knowing what goes into eliquid makes you a smarter consumer. What I would suggest to anyone thinking about it is that they do some reading and at least give it a shot before they decide if it is “for them” or not. It can seem very daunting but it doesn’t have to be. Mixing is, for me, very relaxing and enjoyable. I started mixing my own eliquid very soon after I started using a PV. At the time, great eliquid was not readily available or very affordable. It is now five years later and that still applies to some extent. I do make 90% of what I vape, but do I purchase premade eliquid? YES! There are some great ones out there and while I most likely could make the flavors myself, vapemail is a weakness of mine. Who doesn’t like presents? Yes, I consider vapemail presents even if I ordered and paid for it. New flavors? That is like Christmas. I am sure the folks in the post office think I am a crazy person when I pull the little yellow package pick up slip out of my very tiny mailbox with a “woohoo yay me!”. By the look I get, most people don’t do that.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, that was your first “oh shiney” moment brought to you by Jeannie K. Get used to them as they happen often. Back to DIY.
First thing you will need is math skills or an eliquid calculator. My personal choice in a calc is ejuicemeup. Next up is supplies! There are several ways to do this part. You can go with a kit (this is my vote). They range from $25 to $100.00 depending on how much stuff you want in it. I like kits for people testing the waters just because it will have all you need to make a few eliquids with no worry of forgetting stuff. If you choose to just jump in, here is what you will need:
- Gloves (yes, they are important)
- Nicotine solution (I recommend starting with as low as possible)
- Measuring equipment (not just one, you will need several)
- Something to label your creations with (important)
- A good disinfectant and paper towels
I understand that list may not look like much but believe me it can add up fast. Take your time. Buying flavors can get out of hand in a big hurry. I promise you I never intended to have 120+ bottles of flavoring in my house. Yeah, it happened. When my wonderful husband watches me open a box and start removing bottles of flavoring and says “More?”, keeping a straight face while I say “ummmm I was out?” is pretty d*** difficult. Good thing he thinks I’m cute and just laughs.