Sit back and hang on. This is about to get stupid funny.
So before I found this forum I was dying to get away from retail purchase of my e-liquid. I had a flavor profile and thought if I searched for some names of e-liquid I liked I could easily find the flavors to make my own. Within minutes I found a site with a flavor by the same name as my favorite e-liquid. Low and behold, they had another. So I wandered the site seeing what other flavors I could find that were the same as my favorite e-liquids.
I found 3 that looked promising, along with a couple others I wanted to try. So I ordered them. It was that same night I found Ecig Express. I browsed around dropping flavor after flavor into my wishlist. My wishlist quickly grew beyond the value of the change in my kids piggy bank. So I picked out a few I really wanted to try and ordered them along with some syringes and some additives like Ethyl Maltol, Sucralose, Vape Wizard, and Malic Acid (based on reviews, I had to have this stuff eventually). Then it was off to ebay. I found some VG and PG being sold for a good price from a reputable seller with very good feedback on his chemicals. I bought my Nicotine from myfreedomsmokes.com (1st smart move so far).
So as I waited anxiously for my shipments to arrive I browsed Amazon for bottles, flasks, gloves, the whole nine yards. I even had an ultrasonic cleaner in my cart (USC in case you pros don’t know what an ultrasonic cleaner is anymore ). I was ready to start making and selling my e-liquid before I even had everything I needed. Rude awaking coming…
So after all my stuff arrives I found an Android calculator app that is actually quite good and immediately started mixing. I took two of the five flavors I bought from the first site and figured 10% single flavors should be about right, which would be an entire bottle of flavoring. So I mixed up a 100ml batch using flavor #1, and another 100ml batch using flavor #2. Both at 6mg nicotine. I was proud to have my first liquids made. I tasted them. They had almost no flavor except a slight taste of dish soap. Don’t ask how I know what that tastes like.
That’s when I found this forum. I read, and read, and read. I thought I learned enough to mix another flavor. The knowledge learned here taught me to make small batches. Ok, 10ml will do. Not having any 10ml bottles except the ones my first flavorings came in, i used one of the two empty ones after properly cleaning it. I am afterall a professional mixer now I thought to myself. Here is where I first realized I was a moron. After mixing my 10ml concoction in my flask I get my tiny funnel and dump the entire mix into the funnel. As I watch the funnel drain I notice my fingers getting wet. I look down and the bottle is overfilling, yet the funnel still has what looks to be about half of the mix left in it. Wait a second I exclaimed! These are 5ml bottles! Some of you are probably onto why my first two mixes were not good. Others, keep reading. Maybe you will learn somethin’
So I grabbed the other 10ml (ha ha) bottle and filled it with the other half of the concoction. Reality hadn’t even set in yet. A day or so later I taste my first two mixes again. Dishwater, but better tasting dishwater. Fame and fortune were on the way!
So while waiting for these mixes to mature to greatness I posted, read, picked out a recipe and ordered the ingredients for Unicorn milk. I tested my first two mixes again a few days after the last test. No more dishwater! No more anything. WTF I exclaimed! I thought about it. Bam! It hit me like a pissed off ex with a baseball bat. 5ml bottles. Not 10ml. My mixes were only made at 5%! So I added some of my highly rated flavors to each. 5% Flavourart Strawberry to one, Something else in the other. I couldn’t tell you if I had to, but it was 5%.
Like 4 weeks after mixing my first two batches (notice, I can’t even narrow it down within a few days), the only flavor I can taste is the second ones I added. Strawberry, and um, oh yes! Watermelon. They actually aren’t terrible now after resteeping. So I still had three of these weak ass flavors left. I grab one and being more experienced and educated by the fine folks here I tasted one of the flavors. Expecting a very strong flavor concentrate I braced myself for my cheeks to implode. Huh. I thought. That’s actually not bad! Wait a minute!
So I go back to the site I ordered them from. Looked at my recent orders…
E-Liquid? I ordered E-Liquid?