Flavour concentrates vary from tobacco to fruity and sweet flavours. Once you have been vaping for a while, you become curious about what tastes you could create by mixing the flavours. With time you start realizing what taste you like and dislike and what balance of flavours works for you.
It is quite fun to be creative and see what you can come up with, but sometimes it is a big hassle.
If you don’t have time for mixing or just had enough of creating something „awful”, it is a good idea to change to flavour concentrates.
Let me explain…
Flavour concentrates are liquids with very strong flavours, which when diluted, recreate the taste of foods, drinks, and other substances such as tobacco. They do not include nicotine and generally PG based. They are the part of e liquid which provide the taste. So, instead of you mixing up flavours and hoping to get the the taste you want, you buy the ready-mixed combination, add it directly to your mix and enjoy the taste.
Besides, due to not containing nicotine they don’t fall under TPD regulations. Therefore, they can be bought in different bottle sizes.
The plus side is that concentrates are easy to use and you will always get the perfect taste . Plus they are cheaper then ready-to-use e liquids.
The downside of it is that you have to buy a mixing kit, still have to do the work, rather than buying a pre-made juice, and you lose the fun of being creative.
Are concentrates safe to inhale?
The tests for flavour concentrate ingredients are often even stricter than food-grade tests. This is because inhalation must be taken more seriously as vape being in direct contact with the lungs.
As a side note, let me advise that inhaling food concentrates without mixing it with PG or VG is not recommended. It is not necessarily dangerous to your health but will taste horrible. Also, it will ruin your wick and coil.
At Cuts Ice, for example, two-stage testing is part of their processes to provide the best and highest quality products.
Simply putting, in stage one, they check for any ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction.
In stage two – which is an additional step as not all e juice manufacturers do this- toxicologists make sure that no undue chemicals are delivered to consumers while inhaling.
However, not all companies go through these stages. Therefore, my recommendation would be to buy these products from a trustworthy supplier.
This is how you use flavour concentrates
If you are an experienced vaper and have mixed your liquid before you will know that all you need to do is mixing your usual e liquid, and at the end, just add the flavouring of your choosing.
If you are new to vaping here is a quick guide:
E liquid consists of 4 ingredients: PG ( Propylene Glycol), VG ( Vegetable Glycerin), Nicotine, and Flavouring. For mixing, you can buy kits that contain everything you need to get started.
These kits generally contain everything you need. The PG/VG bottle, scales, needles, syringes, gloves, and bottles for your ready e liquid with dripper spouts and caps.
Don’t be nervous about making your first mixes. Here you can get some help with it: https://e-liquid-recipes.com/create. Simply enter the amount you wish to make, the strength you want to reach, the PG/VG ratio, nicotine strength, and the PG and VG- content of nicotine. You can save this as a recipe and use it later. You can even create notes for an example of where you purchased the flavor.
When doing your mixes, make sure you add and measure what you calculated. Being accurate with the measurements is essential. You can always be out by a bit, but if you have a scale, use it. If you don’t, then use the markings on the syringe and keep it vertical when measuring.
At the very end, you add your flavour concentrate and decide on the amount you want. Companies selling concentrates generally advise on a 15%-20% strength. But depending on your taste, you can try 5%, which is considered to be a lower amount in the mix, or you can go for a medium solution of 10%.
Once everything is in the bottle, give it a good shake to mix all the ingredients, and you are ready. You can then decide on steeping. For example, fruity and menthol/mint flavours are ready to vape straight away while tobacco or sweet flavours usually take around three days to steep.
Being creative and trying new things in vaping is always part of the fun. But when you start feeling it is a hassle, try using flavour concentrates. Easy to use, taste good, and you can save money. Good luck, and enjoy it!