Organic Vs. Non-Organic E-Juice: 4 Differences to Help Decide Which is Right for You
There’s quite a bit of misinformation out there these days when it comes to e-juice. After all, the vaping industry is relatively new and that makes it a sort of “Wild West” when it comes to regulation and standards. Recently, you might have noticed more and more places unnecessarily banning indoor vaping as a matter of public safety. Just last week, New York City banned indoor vaping for millions of Big Apple vapers–though that may not come as a shock if you’ve been paying attention.
There’s logic to the fear that people have of this new frontier in nicotine absorption. The tobacco industry mislead people for years about the dangers of smoking and even lied about benefits of cigarette use. There is a certain amount of understandable trepidation anytime nicotine is involved in a product. However, many people are vaping today simply to get away from the money-pit that is cigarette smoking. If that’s the case, you likely want to make sure that everything you’re putting into your body is safe for consumption. Otherwise, you might as well go buy another pack.
That’s where organic e-juice comes in.
It’s the new trend taking the vaporizer world by storm. Essentially, it limits the amount of unsafe chemicals that are found within some e-juices and is more sustainably developed. Not all e-juice is created equally, and it’s a good idea to make yourself familiar with the differences between the organic e-juice available here at Lucy’s Vapor Pens and other, inferior juices. Don’t worry, you’re in luck. I will try to break down four differences between the two in this post so that our customers stay informed and keep vaping!
1. PG Vs VG
One of the first lessons that you learn when you start vaping is that you typically have to make a choice between PG and VG. When I started out, it seemed like complete gibberish. I mean, shouldn’t there be a way to learn what that means first? (Hint, hint) It turns out that the differences between them can be subtle and it’s helpful to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.
First of all, if you’re talking about organic e-juice, you’re typically talking about VG. But, that’s putting the cart before the horse. The most common type of e-juice is going to be PG. PG simply refers to a non-toxic compound that is edible and can be used in various types of food products. It stands for propylene glycol and can technically be considered an organic product, considering its components can be found in nature. However, many of its components are created using production methods involved in the process of creating polyurethane plastics.
VG, on the other hand, stands for vegetable glycerin–another organic compound. This compound can be created from plant matter like vegetable or palm oils. As such, it is a more sustainable product that is created like a food product from the beginning. There are quite a few more subtleties that go into the differences between these liquids, but it’s helpful to know that when you are talking about organic e-juices, you usually mean VG or vegetable glycerin. The products offered at Lucy’s Vapor Pens are always organic and produced using vegetable glycerin.
2. Vapor Production
There are some significant differences between organic and non-organic when it comes to vaping. They produce different kinds of vapor and tastes that should be taken into account when making the choice between the two options. If you are just starting out, you might not be able to tell the difference right away, but to a seasoned vaper the differences are stark.
Right off the bat, the non-organic e-juices are going to hit your throat harder and sting a little bit more–very similar to combustion in all honesty. For beginners, this can be a comforting aspect, considering the addictive nature of cigarettes. However, when you become familiar with your vaporizer, you might start to desire a smoother vapor that doesn’t leave you coughing and hacking for the first few hits.
For that, you only have to look to the organic juices made from VG and sold, here, at Lucy’s Vapor Pens. The throat hit for a vegetable glycerin juice is quite easygoing and much less likely to result in irritation of the throat. It also can produce a much larger cloud of vapor with greater ease. This is because more of the compound can be vaporized faster and also because the user is able to take deeper draws before they must exhale. It is also thicker, so if you’re using a smaller pen, you’ll have to clean it more often.
However, organic e-juices will almost always produce thicker and cooler clouds than non-organic compounds like PG. This is likely due to the more commonplace and sustainable nature of the components in vegetable glycerin. Your device can heat up faster and uses it’s power to greater effect when paired with an organic compound. If you can get over the lessened throat hit (and trust me, you won’t miss it when you do) there are quite a few advantages when it comes to vapor production and organic e-juices.
3. Your Choice of Vaporizer
Much of the controversy surrounding the different versions of e-juice can be solved by what kind of vaporizer you use or would like to use. Propylene Glycol is thinner and typically works better with cheaper vaporizers. It is easier for a device with a smaller heating element to vaporize the ingredients of a non-organic juice. This comes down to preference, but if you are serious about turning away from tobacco entirely, these options are generally not great for a long term investment. In the amount of time it would take for a quality vaporizer (like the kind found at Lucy’s Vapor Pens) to break down, you will likely have to buy more than one of the cheaper vaporizers.
Vegetable glycerin is favored by those with more complicated and professional setups that can take full advantage of the larger vapor clouds. If you see someone blowing a cloud the size of a small child, it’s likely that they are using organic e-juice. As you can see, not only does vegetable glycerin have advantages in health but it can produce a superior product as well.
4. Differences in Sustainability
As stated in the first section, there are some differences in the way that these two kinds of compounds are created. Propylene Glycol has many different commercial applications besides being used as a solvent for vaporizer e-juices. For instance, airlines will occasionally use this compound to melt ice off of airliners when there is winter weather. It can be used as a kind of antifreeze for watercraft, as well, since it’s freezing point is much lower than that of water. It is very similar to alcohol in that respect and some alcoholic beverages will be mixed with up to 5% of propylene glycol.
There’s no reason to be afraid of something like this, but it does make sense to take it into account when it comes to sustainability. Typically, organic VG e-juices are produced from palm oils that are acquired through the Rainforest Alliance and are sustainable into the distant future.
When you are looking at a product that advertises itself as “organic”, you are generally looking at something that will be easier to produce without having a major impact on the environment. In fact, many of the e-juice’s available at Lucy’s Vapor Pens are produced using very sustainable resources. They also pride themselves on being produced here in the United States. That means higher standards for the nicotine as well as the chemical makeup of your e-juice. An American-made organic e-juice is going to be your best bet for high-quality liquids that are free of harmful chemicals.
Another advantage of using vegetable glycerin is that it is a vegan product that can be produced using no animal by-products. If you are a vegetarian or a vegan, this is your best choice as PG e-juices can use glycerin made from animal products. Vegetable glycerin, as the name would imply, avoids this pitfall altogether.
Which is Right for You?
There are as many different kinds of users of e-liquids as there are different flavors of e-liquids. Each person is going to have a different idea of what they want when they purchase their products. However, since you have read this post, you must be interested in using organic e-liquids instead of the propylene glycol that is more common. If that’s the case, you likely care about what you put into your body and how it gets there. For that, there is really no other option for e-liquids than the organic choices like the ones found at Lucy’s Vapor Pens.
From the first moment I tried vaping nicotine, I was worried about the chemicals I was putting into my body. With VG organic e-liquids that fear can be permanently put to rest. If you choose your brand correctly (Bear Blend, Dragon E Liquids, Vape Organics) you can also be sure that they are produced using the right kind of production methods that can be sustained indefinitely. The only question remaining is: What kind of vaporizer are you?