How to Make DIY E-liquids: A Step-by-Step Guide

Making your own e-liquids can be a fun and rewarding DIY project; you get to customise flavours and strengths to your liking. This guide by Vapor Shop Direct will take you through the process of creating your own vape juice step by step. Let’s start by getting all the ingredients ready!

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Vape Juice Ingredients/ DIY E-liquid Step-by-Step Guide

Before you start, ensure you have all the necessary materials and ingredients:

  1. Nicotine: If you choose to include it, use a quality source.
  2. Propylene Glycol (PG) and Vegetable Glycerin (VG): These are the base liquids for your e-juice.
  3. Flavourings: Use flavours designed for vaping to avoid harmful additives.
  4. Syringes or Droppers: For precise measurement.
  5. Gloves and Goggles: For safety, especially when handling nicotine.
  6. Empty Bottles: For storing your finished e-liquids.
  7. Labels: To keep track of your mixes and ratios.

Step 1: Safety First

Safety is paramount when making e-liquids, especially if you're using nicotine, which is highly toxic in concentrated form.

  • Always wear gloves and goggles.
  • Work in a well-ventilated area.
  • Keep materials away from children and pets.

Step 2: Planning Your Mix

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Before you begin, plan your flavour profile and nicotine strength. Decide the ratio of PG to VG; PG carries flavour better and provides a throat hit, while VG produces more vapour.

  • Non-Nicotine Mix: Just combine flavouring with PG/VG.
  • With Nicotine: Calculate the amount of nicotine liquid you’ll need to achieve your desired concentration.

Step 3: Measuring Ingredients

Use syringes for accurate measurement, especially for nicotine and flavour concentrates.

  • Nicotine: Add it to your bottle first.
  • PG and VG: Follow your planned ratio—common ratios are 70/30 VG/PG for more vapour and 50/50 for balance.
  • Flavouring: Generally, flavouring should make up 10-20% of your total volume, but this depends on the strength of the flavours.

Step 4: Mixing

Once all ingredients are in your bottle, secure the cap and shake vigorously for several minutes to ensure everything is thoroughly mixed.

Step 5: Steeping

Steeping allows flavours to blend and mature, enhancing the taste of your e-liquid.

  • Simple Steeping: Store the liquid in a cool, dark place for at least a week.
  • More Advanced Techniques: Some prefer warm water baths or using ultrasonic cleaners to speed up the process.

Step 6: Testing and Adjusting

After steeping, test your e-liquid to see if it meets your expectations. If not, adjust the flavouring or PG/VG ratios.

Step 7: Storage and Labelling

Store your e-liquids in a cool, dark place. Clearly label each bottle with the mix date, nicotine strength, and flavour profile.

Tips for Success

Start Small: Make small batches until you perfect your recipe.
Record Keeping: Keep notes on your recipes and adjustments.
Experiment: Don't be afraid to try new things and tweak your mixes.

Why Purchase E-liquids from Reputable Brands?

Making your own vape juices sound fun and cheap, but there are countless benefits to buying your e-liquids from a licensed vape store.

Quality Assurance

Reputable e-liquid manufacturers follow stringent production standards, ensuring a high level of quality and consistency in their products. These companies often operate in regulated facilities that adhere to health and safety guidelines, providing a level of assurance that DIY setups cannot match.

Controlled Environments: Professional facilities maintain clean, contaminant-free environments, which is crucial for the purity of the e-liquid.

Regulated Processes: From sourcing ingredients to final bottling, every step is monitored and often subject to third-party testing.

Complex Flavour Blending

Although DIY mixing allows you to experiment with flavours, achieving the depth and balance that comes from professional blends can be challenging. Experienced mixologists working for reputable brands have the expertise to create complex flavour profiles that are difficult to replicate at home.

Professional Development: These flavours are developed by experts who understand the subtleties of flavour interaction and can create nuanced products that enhance the vaping experience.

Exclusive Ingredients: Some brands have access to proprietary flavours or high-grade ingredients that may not be available to the average consumer.

Safety and Compliance

Purchasing from reputable brands also means that the products have passed certain safety standards and comply with local regulations regarding nicotine content and packaging.

Labelling Standards: Properly labelled products with clear information on ingredients, nicotine strength, and usage instructions.

Child-Resistant Packaging: Professional e-liquids are required to come in child-resistant packaging, reducing the risk of accidental ingestion.

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Convenience and Accessibility

Buying from a reputable brand is undeniably more convenient than making e-liquid yourself. Ready-to-use products eliminate the need for handling potentially hazardous substances and the complex mixing process.

Time-Saving: Selecting and purchasing a ready-made e-liquid takes minutes compared to the hours you might spend preparing your own.

Variety: Brands often offer a wide range of flavours and nicotine strengths, giving you many options without the need to buy and store numerous ingredients.


Making your own e-liquid can be incredibly satisfying, giving you the freedom to experiment with flavours while potentially saving money. Yet, buying e-liquids from a licensed vape store is safer, more reliable, and less time-consuming. 

Buy Your E-liquids at Vapor Shop Direct

Browse through a competitively priced, top selection of e-liquids at Vapor Shop Direct. We are your trusted vape store based in Birmingham, offering premium products tailored to suit every taste. As one of the UK's leading vape shops, we are committed to providing quality and satisfaction with every purchase. Visit us online or stop by our store.