If you’ve been vaping for some time now, you may be a bit familiar with the components that make up vapid liquid. For the most part, the main ingredients include nicotine, Propylene glycol/ Vegetable glycerine (oftentimes a mixture of both), and food-grade flavouring. With these ingredients in the mix, it's evident that e-liquid offers a much safer and enjoyable smoking experience. However, most people are completely clueless when it comes to vape juice flavouring. On that front, here are a few facts for you.
- E-liquids flavouring is either natural (derived from plants and animals) or synthetic (derived from a combination of synthetic compounds).
- Replicating natural flavourings can sometimes be impractical as a result of limited access to natural compounds.
- Natural flavourings are very sensitive and can often be destroyed when added to vape juice and heated.
- The combination of synthetic compounds in artificial flavouring results in a much stronger tasting flavour.
When it comes to synthetic flavouring, much like other products that make use of artificial flavours, the production, development, and testing process is very tough and demanding. But, it really can’t be any other way since the flavouring has to be food grade and safe for consumption. So you can have confidence in your choice of vape juice, the producers of artificial flavouring, along with lab scientists, need to work very hard to ensure that it's fit for consumption.
Popular Synthetic Flavourings
So, now that you have a bit of insight on the flavouring of your e-liquid, let’s get into some of the more popular artificial flavours and great tasting the results they produce.
Once you see the word Vanillin, it is not out of the question to instantly think of vanilla. In fact, it's only apt since this synthetic flavouring compound is responsible for producing the sweet, creamy, and delicate flavour we familiarise with vanilla. This compound is equally one of the most popular fragrances and flavour compounds in the whole world because of how much people love it.
Although it's sweet, it is accompanied by a heady note that makes it smell and taste more like the natural vanilla bean. Furthermore, studies have found that it is one of the more popular flavours among US and UK vaping customers.
Just as Vanillin is to vanilla, Limonene is to lemon. So, it's no surprise that this synthetic flavour compound is responsible for the citrusy lime and lemon flavours that a lot of people tend to enjoy. For the most part, Limonene gives off that same bright, fresh, and clean taste you get from real citrus.
It is an e-liquid flavouring that is popular amongst vapers, but it is also used in a variety of other things including cosmetic additives, cleaning products, insect repellent, and is even used to flavour foods like candies and desserts. More than that, studies have found that it is a strong compound often used to mask bitter notes in medicine, so it's equally quite useful in the healthcare industry.
- Methyl cyclopentenone
Though you might not associate this name with anything right off the bat, this compound is actually a common favourite when it comes to e-liquids. If you enjoy sweet, caramel vaping juice flavours, then you have this compound to thank for that. Methyl cyclopentenone is responsible for the pudding-like flavours.
As such, it comes with strong hints of coffee and maple, producing e liquids like the vanilla custard and coffee cappuccino flavours. Again, just like Limonene, this compound can also be used for a variety of other purposes and is oftentimes found in perfumes to add a well-timed backdrop of sweetness.
- Ethyl 2-methyl butyrate
When it comes to a tasty, fruity e-liquid,Ethyl 2-methyl butyrate is the compound behind the scenes. So, if you’re a fan of kiwi, strawberry, apple, and any other sweet fruit flavors, now you know what produces them. For the most part, this compound is known for adding the base note and scent that is typically found in berries. As such, when this compound is added to your vape juice, it thoroughly enhances some of the more enjoyable notes of Apple and berry.
- cis-3-Hexen-1-ol and cis-3-Hexenyl acetate
Commonly known as the ‘leaf alcohol’, this compound is responsible for inciting memories of a freshly mown lawn on a bright summer day. However, don't be deceived by its pseudonym, when this is added to vape juice, it doesn’t contain any alcohol at all, but it does bring about a more floral, summery scent. Although flowers smell great, no one actually wants to taste them, so this compound is added to e liquids that are fruit-based but need a little zesty kick.
Keep in mind that these are just a few of the artificial flavourings that make up e liquids. There are many more out there that produce some of the distinctive flavours you've come to know and love.