Most flavours are now available to use in electronic cigarettes, but to get the full range of flavours, it is really necessary to buy the kind of e-cigarette that enables you to mix your own juice. These are very freely available and are particularly popular with people who are trying to wean themselves off nicotine altogether because you can slowly reduce the nicotine content. Reading the ingredients of most flavours does not give too much information, as the list usually just says ‘propylene glycol, artificial flavouring’ which is not really helpful. There are some flavours which are natural but as these are usually oil based and therefore not water soluble, they are more difficult to use – a rather insoluble puzzle, you might almost say.
Flavours must be diluted
Many people have made the mistake of adding the undiluted flavours to their DIY fill electronic cigarette and have met with disaster. For a start, the liquid is far too thick and sticky and secondly without the carrier liquid, it will not vaporize, so the whole cigarette is ruined and it may even be dangerous. So the main point here is – read the instructions! Artificial flavours used to make juice are very strong and must be diluted – proportions are clearly marked on the bottle. This gives the DIYer a problem because things like cinnamon oil, clove oil, grapefruit oil etc are not soluble in water. So ironically, it is better to go for a commercial flavouring that has already overcome the oil and water issue than try and go completely organic by using oils.
Mix and Match
There are many companies now that provide flavourings suitable for vaping and much will depend on personal taste. There are purists who still prefer their cigarettes to taste of tobacco, even when they are electronic. For them there are numerous different choices, just as there are different flavours of traditional cigarettes and most people quickly find a favourite. For the growing number of people who vape but have never smoked, finding their signature flavour can be a real voyage of discovery. Some of the flavours are so subtle that it would take a good palate to tell them apart – some of the dessert flavours tend to blend together. It would be a clever person who could tell the difference between coffee crème brulee and tiramisu for example – many of the factors that distinguish between foods such as smell, texture and temperature are obviously absent from an e-cigarette.
Is there such a thing as a great tasting artificial flavour?
Some people are very sceptical about artificial flavours. For example, some peach, mango and banana flavours can be very unpleasant indeed. On the other hand, for some reason watermelon is often spectacularly realistic and if you are the kind of person who wants to smoke a cigarette that tastes of watermelon, this could be the one for you. Coffee is pretty good usually but if you are uncertain which flavours to try, think of sweets; what tastes good in a box of chocs will probably taste pretty good in an electronic cigarette. What will the next thing be – perhaps a complete Christmas dinner in just one puff!