Since e cigarettes burst onto the market the range of flavoured vapours seems to grow almost daily. Instead of a standard tastes-like-a-cigarette-flavour, smokers can now enjoy everything from cinnamon to toffee apple when they ‘light up’. ‘Vaping’ as it’s called doesn’t have to taste bland and the abundance of flavours available ensures there’s something for everyone, no matter what your taste preference.
So how are these flavoured liquids made? How does vapour turn to blackberry or apple in a few drops? The answer is actually surprisingly simple and there are now even recipes for those who feel slightly more adventurous and want to try out some new flavours for themselves.
Vegetable glycerine is one of the most common ingredients used in e liquids and is a natural substance derived from palm oil. It produces a rich, intense smell and is 100% natural. Vegetable glycerine is a common food additive and it’s found in many products such as cake frosting and toothpaste. Vegetable glycerine is a preferred flavouring to propylene glycol which is also a food additive; however this is made from a cracked hydrocarbon compound and is not considered as pure as vegetable glycerine. Propylene glycol does however also provide a rich flavour and is sometimes used as an alternative.
Using essential oils from plants to create flavourings is another more natural method. Steam distillation or chemical extraction methods are used to extract flavours and they are then considered 100% organic. Many e liquids use a combination of organic and artificial flavours to create a richer taste and peppermint flavourings commonly contain both peppermint oil and flavouring as often the natural taste or smell is not as strong as a synthetic one.
Synthetic or chemical flavour extracts are commonly used to create a combined flavouring such as Pina Colada or Fruits of the Forest as it would be almost impossible to replicate these naturally. The chemicals used are food grade and can contain up to 20 different flavour combinations to create a single taste, and the flavour formulations are extremely complex and usually not able to be reproduced in a home environment. Once a flavour has been created, drops of nicotine are added in varying strengths to provide you with the e vapours you love.
Flavours like tiramisu, butter rum and strawberry daiquiri have become extremely popular and attracted many smokers to vaping as it’s a tastier alternative to traditional cigarettes.