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E-Liquid: Artificial vs Natural Flavor Debate

What Is E-Liquid?

E Liquid (or vape juice as it is also known) is the liquid used in an e-cigarette (electronic cigarette, electronic nicotine inhalator, or ENI for short).

Many people are starting to use e-cigarettes as an alternative to traditional tobacco-based cigarettes because it reduces the health risks of smoking and is less expensive. E-Liquid contains various ingredients and flavorings that are vapourised in an electronic cigarette and inhaled, in a similar way that smoke from traditional cigarettes is inhaled, except that the vapor inhaled from e-liquid, contains a lot less harmful chemicals than the smoke inhaled from burning tobacco.

Flavors: Natural vs. Artificial

Most of us feel that artificial flavorings are somehow inferior to natural extracts, but is this a valid stance?  We all seem to believe that “natural” is somehow better and safer for us.

Gary Reineccius, a professor at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Food Science, seeks to clarify the differences and their safety in an article in Scientific American.

The labeling of a flavor as artificial or natural is defined by the Code of Federal Regulations as being:

“A natural flavor is the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.”

However, this does not mean that all natural flavors are taken from the name they carry.  For example, a natural strawberry flavoring could have come from a natural source other than strawberries.  Consumers rarely understand this point. I know that I was surprised.

Reineccius further explains that artificial flavors are based on the first molecules in that particular food otherwise the flavor will be off.  Therefore, natural apple flavorings and artificial apple flavorings contain the same chemicals.

So what are the differences?

The difference is the source and the number of chemicals in a flavoring.  An artificial flavor will have a much smaller list of chemicals compared to the natural herb.  A flavor can also test each chemical for safety and toxicity leading to a safer additive. A premium e-liquid provides five different strength of nicotine, such as from zero to extra light, light than regular and strongest. E-liquids contain flavors and nicotine that are dissolved in hygroscopic components, which turn the water in the solution into smoke when heated. This product commonly uses hygroscopic components such as Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG).

E-juices are a perfect blend of PG, VG, nicotine and different additional concentrated flavors. These three common food additives are used in a variety of pharmaceutical formulations. However, PG is also used in asthma inhalers and nebulizers.

An essential ingredient in e-liquids tends to be Propylene Glycol (PG), or Vegetable Glycerin (VG). E-liquids come in thousands of flavors such as different fruit flavors like banana, apple, cherry, green apple, pineapple, strawberry, blueberry mint, menthol and many sweet flavors such as cotton candy and cola and the regular tobacco flavor. This smoking method in which you used electronic liquids to smoke offers an excellent throat hit while inhaling the e-cigarette. These e-juices leave a fresh aroma in your mouth for a few minutes. The aroma and vapor depend on the strength of the flavor in which you are inhaling.

Another important difference is sourcing. Some natural flavors may require damaging the ecosystem of an area to harvest a particular plant. This is something that is avoided by using the artificial flavoring.

Electronic cigarettes are safer in theory because of the number of molecules contained in the eLiquid. Fewer particles with a researched safety history lead to less exposure to harmful chemicals. The average cigarette delivers around 4,000 chemicals while electronic cigarettes provide a much smaller amount. The artificial flavorings reduce the number of chemicals we are exposed to, thus reducing the chances of an allergic reaction.

What I gather from all this information is that artificial flavorings in electronic cigarettes are not a reason to be alarmed. As with anything we ingest, we must listen to our bodies and avoid anything that gives us a negative reaction like a sore throat or coughing.


Where to buy – Any suggestions?

Yes, Cyclos Vapor.

Why? Because—-

At Cyclops Vapor, they make three fundamental commitments to you:

First, They are committed to making Original Vape Juice fresh, by hand, by their master mixers (they call them the Juice Masters) every time. They don’t use chemicals you can’t pronounce just to artificially bolster their recipes that they should otherwise be able to make with food- and pharmaceutical-grade ingredients. In fact, you can see their parts on every bottle of e-juice they sell. When you receive your delivery, you can be assured that the product is incredibly fresh and of the highest quality. They’re kind of fanatical about that.

Second, Cyclops vapor will strive to make customer service a very real and organic part of their DNA. It will be this commitment that will dictate their every action and influence their every decision. They know very well that each of you is an individual, and every contact you have with them will be with a real vaper.

Third, They enthusiastically back all of the products they sell, and honestly believe they make the best products in the industry. However, if for any reason you aren’t satisfied with their Vape Juice or any other product you’ve purchased from them, contact them and let them solve your problems regarding their products.