DIY Vape Juice Guide for Beginners

A DIY vape juice is the homemade version of eLiquid. Most of the elements used are the same, but we can customize it as per our preference.

It is a cost-saving solution for growing uncertainty surrounding vaping. This article helps you know how to make your own vape juice. 


Diluted Nicotine

You’ll need some Diluted Nicotine. It is important to note that nicotine has a flavor all its own, so your recipe may taste different at higher strengths of nicotine than lower. If you intend to create MaxVG formulas, you should consider buying nicotine diluted with VG.

Generally, 100mg/mL diluted nicotine is used in the industry because it makes the math to get specific strength per volume a little easier. Also, a relatively small amount of 100mg/mL can go a long way, and allow for more flexibility in your diluent ratio.

VG or PG

You’ll need some propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin, usually referred to as PG or VG.  Nicotine and flavorings are highly concentrated and need to be diluted for a pleasurable vaping experience, so you’ll use PG and VG as “the base” or “carrier fluid” making up most of the volume of your formula.

PG is an organic chemical compound that is widely used in food, tobacco, and personal care products. It is also used in topical, oral, injectable, and inhaled pharmaceutical products.

VG is slightly sweeter and slightly more viscous (thicker) than PG. Higher VG ratio eLiquids may take slightly longer to soak into a cotton wick.


Here, you need to add some flavors for a better taste experience. You can make the DIY vape juice without flavor; this is commonly referred to as “neat” E-Liquid. This is of course not a common vape choice.


At a minimum, you’ll want some bottles. Plastic drip tip bottles tend to be the most cost-effective option for experimentation because getting bottles clean enough to re-use for a different flavor tends to be more work than it is worth.


Pipettes are an essential tool for helping you negotiate the small openings on containers and getting the right amount of liquid from your supply into your eLiquid recipe

They let you extract exactly the amount of nicotine, PG/VG, or flavor you need and transfer it to your mixing container. This will help ensure that you can consistently replicate your new creation once your formula is the way you want it.

Some final words

In simple words, making your own e-liquid involves mixing together the main elements that make up e-juice: base liquid of VG or PG, nicotine, and flavor concentrates. You don’t necessarily need all of these, for instance, if you prefer your e-liquid to be nicotine-free or even unflavored.

This might all seem overwhelming, but it’s not as bad as you might think. You don’t need advanced knowledge of chemistry. If you can make a cocktail, you can make your own vape juice.

You can make use of online tools and tutorials for preparation. While making the vape juice, you should also confirm that you are taking the ingredients at the proper amount. 

For example, Using larger amounts of flavor doesn’t necessarily translate into a more flavorful vape. In some cases, overdoing it will end up muting the flavor of your e-liquid.

Remember that, as with every hobby, e-juice DIY can be easier or complicated as you want it to be. You can mix a simple vape juice in less than a minute, or spend months trying to come up with the best ten-flavor combination for a traditional Thai dessert e-liquid. It’s all up to you.

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