How flavor extraction from tobacco works and why beginners should avoid it

Aroma extraction from tobacco: how it works

Published on: 09/12/2022

Why is flavour extraction from tobacco not suitable for novice vapers?

Extracting aroma from tobacco is a practice that intrigues more and more vapers, and if you have decided to open this article, it means that you too want to learn more about it.

However, it is a particularly difficult technique that is hardly suitable for beginners.

Are you wondering why?

In this article we will see what it consists of and what is the best alternative for novice vapers.

Tobacco aroma extraction

Extracting flavor from tobacco: what is the best method?

Extracting flavor from tobacco is a practice that has always intrigued: the fact that you can try your hand at creating a product makes vaping, from a certain point of view, more interesting than traditional smoking.

But as you probably imagine, there are many ways to extract an aroma: an article would not be enough to name and explain them all!

This is because the ‘perfect’ recipe depends on the vaper’s taste, and the wide variety of choices allows more experienced hands to experiment to their heart’s content.

However, for this article we have selected one of the most effective and popular methods among the vaper community.

Let’s see what it consists of right now!

Read also: What do ohms indicate in the electronic cigarette? Guide to resistance choice

Recipes for extracting flavor from tobacco: here is the most common one

First, let’s take a look at the ingredients needed to make this successful.

First, you will need 20 g of cut tobacco, 200 ml of propylene glycol, 50 ml of pure alcohol and an amber glass bottle with a capacity of 500 milliliters.

Well, now to the process.

Start by chopping up the shredded tobacco with a knife or a blender (no, we are not making a smoothie!)

Once this is done, you will need to take the bottle, put the tobacco in it and pour in the alcohol. Shake it and store it in a dark place for 72 hours. Then you will have to place the container in a warm place for the same number of hours, making sure that the alcohol evaporates completely.

Almost there!

After the three days have passed, you must add the Propylene Glycol inside the bottle, shake it vigorously and store it again in a dark place, but this time for three months.

Yes, I know, it is a long time, but it is necessary for the recipe to be successful.

After this time, you will have to get a coffee filter, which you can easily find in a supermarket, and filter the tobacco.

There you go: the flavor is ready to be used to create your vape liquids.

All you have to do is wait another week (yes, another week) for the mixture to mature. Mind you, it is best to avoid heating it with the intention of speeding it up: the procedure would in fact risk spoiling the aroma and increasing the sugars.

Ergo, you will have to throw everything out and start again!

Electronic cigarette

Aroma extraction: is there an easier alternative? Of course there is

We have just seen one of the most popular methods to make your own tobacco flavor e-liquid, but now the real question is: is it convenient?

Let me explain.

Extracting flavor from tobacco is an activity that requires patience, commitment and, above all, skilled hands. That is why the advice is to opt for ready-made and safe products.

What am I talking about?

There are two choices:

  1. buy ready-made liquids that you can find in many shops, such as Terpy;
  2. buy ingredients for e-liquids, such as flavorings.

Think about it: suppose you decide to extract the aroma from tobacco but it does not come out well. You will have to make numerous attempts until you arrive at the recipe that suits you.

Nine times out of ten, novice vapers run the risk of getting flavors that are too concentrated or taste bad, which means being forced to throw everything away and start again.

By buying ready-made liquids or e-cig flavors, on the other hand, you do not have to worry about this.

This way, you won’t run the risk of having to throw everything away because of mistakes made during extraction (which are more common than you think), not to mention that you won’t have to wait three and a half months to enjoy a tobacco flavor.

By buying from certified shops, such as Terpy’s shop, you are guaranteed to receive good, quality products quickly.

Read also: What are e-cigarette puffs?


In this article, we have seen one of the methods to extract the flavor from tobacco. As you will have read, this is a complex practice that requires the intervention of experienced hands, which is why it is particularly not recommended for novice vapers.

However, it is possible to buy quality tobacco e-liquids or tobacco flavor e-liquids on Terpy, the industry’s leading e-commerce offering a wide range of high-quality electronic cigarette products.

We look forward to seeing you on Terpy, see you soon!