What is an Eliquid?

In this brief guide, we outline what an eliquid is, including the ingredients they are made from, flavours available, and what to look out for when purchasing.

What is an E-Liquid?

The eliquid is what you vape – it’s the fluid that fuels the e-cigarette. E-liquid is the liquid that is converted into vapour via aerosolization by the atomiser (tank, RDA, etc). The atomiser heats the liquid to produce an aerosol (vapour) which can be inhaled and exhaled. The e-liquid provides the flavouring and nicotine and creates the vapour that mimics a traditional cigarette.

Eliquid Ingredients

The main ingredients in an e-liquid are:

  • Propylene Glycol (PG)
  • Vegetable Glycerine (VG)
  • Flavouring
  • Nicotine

PG and VG are mixed in different ratios to produce the base of every e-liquid, then flavouring and nicotine are added.

PG and VG

Propylene glycol (PG) is a colourless, non-toxic, odourless liquid that is found in everyday items including medicines, cosmetics, and food products. PG carries the flavour and provides the throat hit sensation of the vape.

Vegetable glycerine (VG) is a sweet plant-based liquid that is found in many foods, cosmetics, and medicines. It is colourless, non-toxic, and odourless, and is thicker than PG. It adds texture and provides the vapour production to generate large clouds which simulate smoke. We ensure to never source palm-based Glycerine due to environmental concerns and only use USP / EP (United States Pharmacopeia / European Pharmacopoeia) rapeseed-based glycerine (99.7% purity min).

Different e-liquids have different ratios of PG and VG for different vaping experiences. E-liquids for mouth-to-lung (MTL) devices have a higher PG content to mimic the throat hit of a smoking sensation and produces a more intense flavour. On the other hand, e-liquids for sub-ohm devices contain higher VG for greater and thicker clouds.


Nicotine is the addictive substance in cigarettes. E-liquids are available in a range of nicotine strengths, including nicotine free.

Smokers should use their current tobacco use and nicotine dependence to choose the nicotine strength of their e-liquid so that they transition gradually.

Nicotine levels differ between e-liquids. You can buy e-liquids containing nicotine, e-liquids without nicotine in which you add nicotine shots, or e-liquids that are completely nicotine-free.


PG and VG are combined with natural or artificial flavours to produce unlimited e-liquid flavours. From tobacco and menthol flavours to fruity and dessert-based flavours, there is an eclectic variety of e-liquid flavours to suit all tastes.

Some of our most popular flavours include mystic mint ice cream, strawberry lemonade, pina koolada, mango, banana, bakewell tart, pomegranate passion, tropical glacier, watermelon twist, blue raspberry, and rainbow candy.

Buying Eliquids

When buying e-liquids, ensure you choose high-quality products that comply with British standards rules and regulations, such as NovaVapes’ e-liquids. All our e-liquids are crafted in an ISO cleanroom and manufactured utilising state-of-the-art machinery only using British Pharmacopoeia grade base ingredients.

Shop our incredible range of UK eliquids, and for more vaping hints and tips or advice about our products, get in touch with us today and our team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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