Blending flavours together in DIY e-liquid
Making your own e liquid with a single flavour is fairly straightforward. It’s simply a matter of working out what percentage of concentrate gives you the flavour strength that suits you. Blending different flavours can be more complicated – particularly if you are mixing concentrates from different manufacturers.
Here are some general tips:
- Mix small batches first – but not too small. We tend to experiment with 10ml batches. More is wasteful, but less makes it harder to measure ingredients accurately and consistently. Also 10ml makes it easy to work out percentages (eg. 1ml=10%).
- Less is often more. As a general rule, we find that the simplest recipes tend to be the best. A liquid with two or three different flavours is much easier to get right and reproduce consistently than one with more.
- Smell the concentrates before experimenting. If a flavour smells strong or harsh you’ll probably need less in your mix. If it smells weak start with more.
- Be prepared to throw a lot of liquid away (or vape horrible liquids). There is a lot of trial and error involved, even for experienced mixers.
- Pay attention to the starting percentage recommendations on our product pages. If you are blending 2 flavours you could start with half of the recommended percentage of each.
- You can pre-dilute flavours with PG before mixing. For example, if you have a very strong flavour that you use a lot you could mix 1 part of the concentrate to 4 parts PG, for a concentrate 1/5th of the strength. This can make the flavour easier to blend with others.
- Starting out with concentrates from the same manufacturer can make things easier at first, as they will often need a similar amount of dilution.
Instead of just giving you a list of finished recipes that we know work, below are some examples of how we might approach a new flavour. Hopefully seeing the thought process will be more useful when it comes to creating your own recipes.
Mint Choc Chip Ice Cream
If we wanted to create a mint choc chip e liquid the three elements we would need would fairly obviously be mint, chocolate and ice cream. Here’s how we might approach it:
Chocolate and ice cream are both very mild flavours, which we’d need a lot of. The Perfumer’s Apprentice Vanilla Bean Ice Cream is a solid ice cream flavour, so we’d start with that at 5-10%. Capella do good chocolates, so we’d probably use around 10% of their Double Chocolate (or maybe Chocolate Glazed Doughnut, which could possibly add a cookie dough type note). Generally, Capella concentrates aren’t as strong as The Perfumer’s Apprentice, so we’d add a bit more. Mint is strong and could easily overpower the mix, so we’d probably need a very small amount – maybe around 2% of Perfumer’s Apprentice Peppermint for a clean mint taste (or perhaps Capella’s Cool Mint, which is sweeter and would also add a slight menthol to the mix).
So a good first try of our mint choc chip might be:
8% TPA Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, 10% Capella Double Chocolate and 2% TPA Peppermint.
8% TPA Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, 10% Capella Chocolate Glazed Doughnut and 5% Capella Cool Mint.
We like our liquids to be strong and full-flavoured – if you prefer subtle flavours you may want to start with a little less of each concentrate. Again, we haven’t actually mixed these recipes, we’re just trying to show the the thought process.