This guide is designed to help you get the best from your mixing kit and save you money at the same time.
Always wear the Nitrile Gloves and cover any exposed areas on your arms as a precaution - some people are sensitive to liquid on the skin. Have a ready supply of cold water in case of spillage and rinse the affected area thoroughly with cold water. If you feel at all unwell, seek medical attention and show the label on the bottle. This is not meant to scare you, we just want you to be aware and to have the confidence to mix safely so you can enjoy vaping what you create.
Please do not try to clean the PET bottles or Syringes by boiling them as it can affect the structural integrity of the bottles and the syringe markings. Hand-hot water is sufficient for rinsing and anti-bacterial or sterilising liquid can be used for more thorough cleaning but always rinse well.
There is a very useful and easy to use Mixing Calculator at http://www.todmuller.com/ejuice/ejuice.php
You simply enter the Nicotine Base Strength (Zero), the Target Nicotine Level (Zero), the Amount to Create, Water Added (Zero) and the Flavour Percentage. The required amounts will be displayed in the lower table and include, PG or VG (no nicotine), Flavouring.
Use the syringes to accurately measure out the required amounts, place the lid on your bottle and shake to mix. You might come across many different suggested methods that involve 'steeping', leaving the eliquid to develop, from three days to three months! Some leave the lids off for a week; some leave on a window sill, whatever their choice. I have been creating eliquid for over seven years and have been blending custom flavours for four, here's how I do it based on science and experience.
If you are adding just one flavour to your eliquid, once you have given it a good shake you can vape it. The flavour might develop a little more over time but I have found it is hardly discernible. The only exceptions are Custard flavours which do benefit from up to 3 weeks steeping in the bottle with the lid on. When mixing flavourings together to create a new flavour, I always work with the flavour concentrates first and I might mix many recipes until it smells right, then I allow the concentrates to steep and develop - flavourings react with each other to produce new background flavours. The goal is to be able to recognise the original flavours but to also taste the background flavours that are created and which fill in the gaps. You can mix several flavourings straight into your VG/PG, but if it's not right you have wasted a lot of liquid! I work with small amounts of concentrate first and make up just 1ml or 2ml of blended flavourings, that’s where the 1ml syringe comes in handy. Because our new bottles are designed so the cap is non-removable (blame the EU regulations!), it might be easier to remove the plunger from the syringe so that you can drip the required amount down into the syringe barrel whilst closing off the nozzle, then either slide the tip of the syringe into the bottle you are mixing in, or insert the plunger slightly and use normally.
Even when I'm happy with them I mix a small sample batch, 1.9ml VG/PG with 0.1ml Flavouring to give 5% flavour strength, so that I can test it before making lots of the stuff. That allows you to start with a lower flavour percentage and then increase it as you sample the vape; you can add more flavour but it's hard to take it out! Too much flavour can often result in the eliquid being overpowering and sickly, like putting too much sugar in your tea or coffee, along with a perfumey taste.
There is one key ingredient I haven't mentioned yet, and it is the most important, PATIENCE. It's not always easy to temper the excitement of making your own 'brew' but believe me that patience is indeed a virtue. Next to patience is thoroughness, particularly when blending concentrates or making your test samples; have a notepad and record every single ingredient in every recipe you try, and then make sure there is a label on the bottle referring to its recipe! When you hit the jackpot with a perfect flavour you want to be able to recreate it exactly over and over again.
If you are blending a number of flavour concentrates to create a new flavour, make small samples first and allow them to steep at least a few days; sweet flavours are usually fully-steeped in 7 days but tobacco flavours tend to take 14 to 21 days to fully mature, that's where patience comes into its own! More complex blends using 5 to 10 flavour concentrates also take longer to develop.
Only when they are ready would I try some in eliquid to test how they vape. I have created over 50 new flavours over the past four years and many of them, particularly the tobacco and more complex ones, take three to six months from the idea stage to being market-ready.
So, record everything, keep your equipment clean, be patient, and most of all be careful when handling and storing eliquid.
If you have any problems or are not sure, email or call us before proceeding and possibly wasting your liquids. We will always do our best to answer whatever queries you might have.
Best wishes and happy mixing!