Flavour dilution for electronic cigarettes: how to figure out the right percentage for a top liquid

How to dilute electronic cigarette flavourings

Published on: 28/09/2022

Here is how to create your own liquids by taking full advantage of the vape flavouring

Not knowing the percentages of bases and flavourings for electronic cigarettes is a bit like pretending to make pizza without following the recipe.

The appearance may be tempting, but after the first taste, you will immediately change your mind.

The same applies to your e-liquid.

If you get the doses wrong or ignore the ripening times of the flavourings, you will have a complete disaster at best. The e-liquid will be unusable, and you will have to throw it away immediately—a bit like unsuccessful pizza cooked ‘by feel’.

To prevent this from happening, in this article we will tell you what you need to know to manage the percentages of your favourite e-liquids correctly.

Electronic cigarette flavouring dilution

Flavour dilution for electronic cigarettes: here is what you need to create your e-liquids

To be able to create an expert tamper-proof liquid, you need:

  • the flavourings for electronic cigarettes;
  • the nicotine bases;
  • the bases of PG and VG (Propylene Glycol and Vegetable Glycerine).

As a rule, the dosage varies according to the indications on the labels. So if you are just starting, we advise you to stick to those and then change the dilution to suit your taste.

In most cases, flavourings are composed entirely of PG, so you will need to mix the two bases correctly to get the balance right.

Which, as you can probably imagine, depends on the preferences of the vapee.

Some prefer a 50/50 ratio, where PG and VG are perfectly balanced, or those who create a blend with 30% VG and 70% PG, or vice versa, etc.

For those who prefer the ‘cheek shot‘, we recommend a 50/50 ratio, while for the ‘lung shot‘ a 70/30 or 80/20 ratio is preferable.

Read also: Do your e-liquids no longer taste like anything? Maybe you have a vaping tongue. Here’s how to remedy it quickly and easily.

Pro flavour dilution? Here are the percentages according to flavour type.

Before answering, we would like to make a premise.

These are just a few tips you can consider, especially if you are just starting and do not know how to create an e-cigarette liquid. Nevertheless, you can decide to modify ‘the recipe’ according to your tastes and preferences.

As we mentioned earlier, you should stick to the percentage stated on the product label, to begin with.

For convenience, most flavourings have a 10 ml capacity, so a 10% dilution is possible (which, not surprisingly, is the most common among vapers).

So, the question is: how do you get this percentage?

  •  Take an empty 100 ml bottle.
  • Fill it with 90 ml of base.
  • Add 10 ml of your chosen flavouring.

If you then decide to increase the percentage of the flavouring, simply decrease the percentage of the base.

Shall we take an example?

If you want the aroma to be 15%, you will have to mix 15 ml of aroma and 85 ml of neutral base (again in the 100 ml bottle). There, following this procedure, you cannot go wrong.

But now let’s see what the recommended figures are according to the type of flavouring.

If you opt for fruity flavourings, we recommend starting with a low percentage—around 5-6%—up to a maximum of 10%. The reason is simple: these flavourings are forceful and loaded.

Tobacco flavourings have a percentage range from 7% up to 15% depending on the vaper’s taste, whereas for creamy flavourings the figures go up considerably (for some American flavourings a percentage of 30% is even suggested!).

Choice of liquids for electronic cigarette flavouring dilution

Maturation times for flavourings: here are what they are

Normally, the recommended maturation time is also stated on the product label.

The period varies mainly according to the composition of the flavouring: translated, the more complex it is, the longer the maturing time will be.

Fruity flavourings have a shorter maturation time: to fully enjoy the taste, you can wait as little as a couple of days, up to a maximum of seven.

For creamy flavourings, on the other hand, you will have to wait from two weeks up to a whole month.

But the record for maturation time belongs to tobacco liquids.

You should know that the period is rather long, which would explain why some vapers sometimes find this flavour too ‘light’. To taste it at its best, you have to wait at least thirty days but, in some cases, the maturing time can be up to three months!

Read also: Where to throw away electronic cigarettes to dispose of them correctly (and in an environmentally friendly way)


In this article, we have given you some tips for the correct dilution of e-cigarette flavourings. As you have seen, it is quite easy to create a DIY liquid, even if you are a beginner.

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