Organic E-liquid: What’s The Difference?
Everyone seems to be interested in going ‘organic’ these days – and vapers are certainly no exception. Taking this into consideration, it isn’t very surprising that organic E-liquids have been popping up on the market… but a lot of people are still confused about this.
Yes, we might all be interested in going ‘organic,’ but what does this mean in regards to E-liquid? Some people are saying that organic E-liquid is sort of a gimmick… a waste of money on something that’s really no different from any other E-liquid product.
But others swear by it, citing the health benefits of choosing E-liquids that are ‘all natural.’
But is there really any substance to this ‘organic’ E-liquid thing, or is it mostly smoke and mirrors?
Here’s what you need to know.
Is Organic E-Liquid Real?
First of all, let me set the record straight. For something to really be considered ‘organic,’ it needs to be free of chemical pesticides. It also needs to be approved by the appropriate governmental standards (The USDA in the United States, for example). In fact, for a company in the US to even sell organic food, the store itself needs to be certified by the USDA National Organic Program.
Obviously, there are not many E-cig retailers who fit into this description.
But, with that being said, there are a few guidelines that we can use to determine whether or not an E-liquid could ever truly be considered an ‘organic’ product.
First of all, there is the base to consider. PG, or propylene glycol, could never be organic, because it is a synthetic compound created in a laboratory. Vegetable glycerin, on the other hand, can certainly be organic – so the first rule of thumb for organic E-liquid is that it will utilize VG as a base, and will be PG free.
Flavouring is also something to take into account. It could be argued that, in order for an E-liquid flavouring to actually be ‘organic,’ it would also likely contain biomolecules and lipids that could, in theory, make them dangerous to vape. Most flavours are also suspended in PG, so any flavouring would have to be 100% PG free. This would make creating flavouring ingredients a difficult task, though not necessarily an impossible one.
And last, but certainly not least, is nicotine. Nicotine is commonly used as a pesticide, and it is not listed by the USDA as a pesticide that can be used on something that is supposed to be organic. So, almost by its very presence, nicotine keeps E-liquids from being able to be organic according to the USDA guidelines.
Now, having said that, there is such a thing as organic nicotine, and there is also such a thing as USDA certified organic E-liquid.
One example is the E-liquid sold on pureorganicvapors.com. This E-liquid is made in the United States, and is made from 100% certified organic vegetable glycerin. It is PG free, and made from what the company calls ‘the first certified organic nicotine in the world.’
This is an example of exactly what organic E-liquid looks like – but make no mistake, the process of creating it is a lot more complicated than you might think. They need to keep everything completely PG free, use only organic flavour extracts, and create their E-liquids in a USDA-certified organic facility.
What Do We Think Of Organic E-liquids?
Organic E-liquids differ from regular E-liquids in a lot of ways. The decision to vape completely organically may limit your flavour options, but it will also ensure that you are vaping safe and quality ingredients.
With that being said, regular E-liquid can also certainly be formulated with only the finest bases and ingredients – so maybe vaping organic, unless you really, really believe in it to a great degree, isn’t necessarily the only way to ensure that you are getting a top-level vaping experience.
Buying a quality E-liquid that’s manufactured to premium standards in the UK or the US should certainly provide you with a vapour that is going to be both safe and pleasant… though some people still choose to vape organic because of allergies. And to be honest, a PG allergy is a really, really good reason to choose to vape organically.
If you find that you are allergic to PG, then vaping completely organic E-liquid could help you to avoid PG completely. Even a lot of lower-quality 100% VG e-liquids still contain trace amounts of PG, so buying an organic E-liquid is one of the best ways to avoid putting any unwanted PG into your system.