October 25, 2017

The e cigarette and vaporizer market is growing rapidly in popularity. In fact, this industry is expected to grow year on year at an average rate of 21.8%, reaching $53.8 billion by 2025. At the core of this industry are e juice ingredients. Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are two of the most popular bases for e liquid. But what is the difference between the two?

Propylene Glycol

This liquid is clear and odorless. It is used in the same or lower quantities in e juice as vegetable glycerin. FDA regulated, it has become a popular base for e cigarette liquids.

PG Characteristics

  • Thin and runny
  • Easy to clean from atomizers
  • Easily absorbed
  • Flavorless

Propylene glycol vaping is generally a pleasant experience, since it creates a moist vapor. This allows for smooth throat hits. Its lack of flavor also allows it to pair well with a variety of flavors, so your favorite Capella concentrates will be just as tasty.

Vegetable Glycerin

While more modern e liquids use PG as the main base, VG used to be more popular. This liquid is generally plant-based and is also regulated by the FDA.

VG Characteristics

  • Thick
  • Slight sweet taste
  • More difficult to clean
  • Creates thicker smoke

Preference of VG over PG often involves the distinct sweet taste. Since VG is thicker, it will create thicker vapor. While some vapers prefer this sensation, you will not get the distinct throat hit that you get with PG.

Which Should I Use To Vape?

Whether you choose vegetable glycerin or propylene glycol vaping is completely up to your preferences. You might prefer a throat hit over a thick cloud, or a sweet flavor might be a much-wanted additive to your e liquids. But keep in mind that you can also mix both together. Many pre-packaged e liquids will have a ratio of PG and VG, each creating a unique vaping sensation. If you choose to make your own liquid, you can experiment with different ratios until you find the right one.

Not sure which liquid will create your perfect vaping experience? Nicotine River is here to help you craft your ideal e liquid. Contact us about our DIY kits today.


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