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VG vs. PG Explained

When you’re looking at the list of ingredients in e-juice, you’re likely to come across a couple of common abbreviations. So what is e-liquid VG? Is PG different to VG? Why do some e-liquids contain more VG than PG, or vice-versa? Although in vaping circles they’re usually referred to only by their nebulous acronyms, both propylene glycol e-liquid and vegetable glycerin e-juice (PG and VG) are common formulas that you’ll probably ingest every single day.

Here’s a quick primer on VG and PG in e-liquid to help you understand the meaning hiding behind the acronyms:

What is E-Liquid VG?

Vegetable glycerin (VG) is otherwise known as glycerol, a viscous, colorless chemical that’s slightly sweet to the taste and present in many consumer products. It’s used in cosmetics, cleaning products, adhesives, food, pharmaceutical products, tobacco and many other consumer products, often because it helps them retain moisture. E-liquid VG is the same chemical (derived from vegetables), and high-VG e-liquids are thicker and smoother on the throat than low-VG e-liquids. They also produce notably more vapor and offer a slight additional sweetness.

What is E-Liquid PG?

Propylene glycol (PG) is another very common chemical, and is used in a wide variety of consumer products, much like VG. Theatrical smoke machines use PG, but you’ll also find it in alcoholic drinks, frosting, seasonings and a wide variety of foods, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, detergents and tobacco products, among many other products. For vapers, PG in e-liquid is used to provide a “throat-hit” that mimics the sensation of smoking, and it also carries flavor without imparting its own flavor in the same way e-liquid VG does.

E-Liquid VG to PG Ratio

An e-liquid’s VG to PG ratio tells you the relative amounts of each chemical in your juice, with most e-liquids having an even (50/50) mix. However, some vapers prefer a mixture heavy in one of the two ingredients, and different e-liquid mixers offer varying ratios to account for vapers’ diverse preferences. For example, in the early days of the industry, a PG to VG ratio of 80/20 was common, but in the modern day, many vapers opt for higher-VG mixes. An even mix strikes a balance that keeps most vapers happy, but there are a few considerations to see what mix will be right for your preferences.

Benefits of PG and VG in E-Liquid  

High PG e-liquids are less common today, but the reason it was originally common is still worth considering. For one, PG-based e-liquids have a thinner consistency, meaning they soak up into wicks more efficiently than VG-based e-liquids, and they also offer a substantial throat hit. However, e-liquid VG has been gaining popularity because it both makes vaping a lot smoother on the throat and produces thicker fogs of vapor. The main downside to VG in e-liquid is that – especially in very high-VG mixes – it can potentially clog up your wick due to its viscosity, and for subtle flavors, the inherent sweetness of VG can also compete with the intended taste. The differing benefits of PG and VG are why most mixers choose to strike a relatively even balance without tipping the mix too far in one direction, and it’s why here at Black Note we offer a 50/50 mix as standard.

Conclusion – Finding Your E-Liquid VG and PG Ratio

So PG and VG in e-liquid aren’t really anything to be concerned about, and they certainly aren’t confusing – they’re both common chemicals that have merely found a new use. The main thing to try to determine is how much of each you want in your e-juice. As with many vaping-related decisions, choosing your e-liquid VG to PG ratio is very much down to personal preference, so new vapers are advised to try out a variety of ratios to see which works best for their needs. However, there’s a pretty good chance that – like most vapers – you’ll settle on a 50/50 mix or something close to it.

Resources

  1. VapeRanks.com: Propylene Glycol vs. Vegetable Glycerin E-Liquid – What’s the Difference?
  2. DOW: Glycols: Propylene Glycol
  3. PubChem: Glycerol
  4. VapersVoice.net: What is the Right PG to VG Ratio for E-Liquid?
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What is E-Juice?

E-juice, also known as e-liquid or vaping liquid, is the liquid that’s placed in the vaping device and subsequently atomized into vapor. When you go to buy e-juice, you’ll notice it contains a mix of several ingredients. These typically include vegetable glycerin (VG), propylene glycol (PG), some type of flavoring, and nicotine.

VG and PG form the base of the e-liquid. VG is a component used in food and personal care products; its role in e-liquid is to create a thick, dense vapor. PG is another popular solvent used in a variety of everyday items. It carries the e-liquid flavor, provides the “throat hit,” and enhances the vaping liquid’s ability to soak into wicks or cartomizer materials.

Nicotine is an optional ingredient, often available in different levels. E-juice also contains some type of flavoring.

Black Note leads the pack of tobacco vaping liquid by using only natural flavoring – extract from real tobacco leaves to produce real tobacco taste. When you go to buy e-juice from other companies, you may find any number of chemicals used to create synthetic flavors that include fake strawberry, manufactured vanilla, and even man-made tobacco flavors.

If your aim when you buy e-liquid is to experience the subtle nuances, genuine flair and authentic taste of real tobacco, then you’ll be on the mark if you buy e-juice from the Black Note lineup.

Best E-Juice

When you’re going to buy e-liquid, it’s only natural you’ll want the best e-liquid. But what, exactly, does it “best e-juice” mean? We’ll tell you.

For starters, you’ll want an e-juice that doesn’t contain all kinds of strange chemicals and concoctions that you can’t even pronounce. True, even the best e-liquid will contain vegetable glycerin (VG) and proplene glycol (PG), which serve as the base of e-juice, but you don’t necessarily need a host of other chemical compounds.

The best e-juice will stick to natural ingredients, like real tobacco extract, rather than rely on synthetic flavorings, colorings and other additives. Diacetyl is one of those synthetic ingredients that has gotten a pretty bad rap, although its use is not all that uncommon for producing sweet e juice flavors.

Definitely read the ingredient list before you buy e-juice to ensure you recognize what’s on it. Better yet, see if the e-juice company offers a lab report to confirm what’s actually inside the e-liquid.

In addition to having as few chemical ingredients as possible, the best e-juice will have an amazing taste. For those who enjoy authenticity over imitation, the most amazing taste is the most natural taste, especially when it comes to tobacco. Since Black Note uses real extract from tobacco leaves, we not only avoid all those weird chemical flavorings, but we also produce the most authentic experience: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like tobacco.

Best E-Liquid on the Market

Anyone looking for the best e-liquid on the market need look no further than Black Note. Black Note tobacco vaping liquid ranks as the best e-juice across the board in every category, starting with the taste.

Black Note’s main claim to fame is producing a tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. That because we use real tobacco extract, not chemicals, to create the best e-juice tobacco flavor. Using extract from real tobacco leaves retains tobacco’s nuances and flavor notes, giving you the most authentic and multi-faceted tobacco experience.

In addition to being the best e-juice for tobacco taste, Black Note also has the best e-liquid manufacturing process. We spent years researching and testing various production methods, and finally landed on one that we believe is absolutely perfect.

It starts with growing carefully selected tobacco seeds, followed by an equally precise of steps that include an extensive natural extraction process. Even our bottling and packaging is done with the utmost care, using recycled and recyclable packaging materials to ensure our products are as earth-friendly as they are vapor-friendly.

One more category where Black Note ranks as the best e-liquid is with the value. Every order comes with free domestic shipping, one-to-three day domestic shipping guarantee, and a 90-day, money-back satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, or don’t agree we’re the best e-juice on the market, send it back on us and we’ll refund your money.

Vape Juice Ingredients

Vape juice ingredients can be pretty straightforward – or not. At the very least, most vape juice contains propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), and some type of flavoring. Nicotine has largely become an optional ingredient that can be included at varying levels or left out altogether.

Vegetable glycerin (VG) and propylene glycol (PG) are usually the two main ingredients that make up the base of most vape juice.

VG is a plant-based substance with the ability to produce a dense, thick vapor. PG is an additive found in many food items and certain medicines. It carries the flavoring, provides the “throat hit” and enhances the vape juice’s ability to soak into the wicking materials.

Nicotine levels can vary, as can ingredients that make up the flavorings. The components that make up vape juice flavoring are where ingredients can get rather complicated.

Vape juice that relies on artificial flavorings can contain any number of extraneous chemicals and other additives, whatever it takes to recreate the flavor the ecig juice is going for.

Black Note uses only natural flavorings: extract from real tobacco leaves. That keeps our ingredient list incredibly simple, backed by a lab report to prove it. You won’t find any strange chemical concoctions used to produce our tobacco flavor, just real tobacco extract that delivers a real tobacco experience.

What is the Best Flavor for Ecig Juice?

From strawberry shortcake to banana rum, ecig juice comes in tons of flavors. While folks can debate and discuss all the fruity, sweet or food-like flavors all day long, the best flavor for e-cig liquid is straight-up tobacco.

Why? Vaping was originally created as an alternative for traditional cigarettes, mainly for those who enjoy the taste of tobacco. And when you can find an e-cig liquid that is able to recreate tobacco’s full-bodied yet delicate flavor notes and nuances, but without the harmful chemicals found in cigarettes, then you’ve found the best ecig juice.

Recreating tobacco’s complex flavor isn’t easy, especially when it’s attempted with artificial ingredients. That’s why Black Note sticks to the real thing, extracting the essence of real tobacco leaves to flavor our vaping liquid. Not only does this avoid the harmful chemicals in cigarettes, but it also eliminates the flavoring chemicals found in many ecig juices. The end result is real tobacco taste, an authentic tobacco experience and the best flavor for ecig juice you can find.

Notice also we said the best e-cig flavor was straight-up tobacco, not plain old tobacco. Black Note’s real tobacco vaping liquid happens to come in a variety of different blends, from the light and airy to the peppery and robust. Not all tobacco is created equal, and different blends capture the specialized subtleties that make each tobacco unique.

Best Sweet Tobacco E-Juice

When it comes to sweet tobacco e-juice, your options can be broken down into two categories.

The first category contains tobacco e-juice that overlays the tobacco flavor with artificial chocolate, caramel, vanilla, fruity or other dessert-like flavorings. We wouldn’t classify any such flavors as the best tobacco e liquid, simply because they typically use chemicals and other artificial ingredients to create the tobacco taste, the sweet taste, or both.

The second category of sweet tobacco e-juice is where you’ll find the best tobacco e-liquid, sweet or otherwise. This category contains vaping liquid created using only natural flavorings, which is exactly where Black Note fits in. Instead of concocting flavors using synthetic ingredients, Black Note uses an extensive extraction process that slowly and deliberately extracts the tobacco essence from real tobacco leaves.

The result is the best tobacco e-juice: tobacco vaping liquid that actually tastes like real tobacco. And if you’re going for the best sweet tobacco e liquid, we have a few tobacco blends that offer varying levels of sweetness.

Prelude is our sweetest tobacco e-liquid, containing golden Virginia tobacco. Made from fire-cured dark Virginia tobacco, Sonata is our Cavendish blend with a mildly sweet and nutty flavor. Solo is our menthol blend, giving you a semi-sweet minty taste created from natural menthol crystals extract from dried mint leaves.

For the best tobacco e-liquid that’s naturally sweet and remarkably delicious, Black Note is at your service.

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