"If you’re new to vaping, you might find yourself feeling overwhelmed with all the new vocabulary that you’re now bombarded with. Trust me, I was there once, too.
At least by now, you might have noticed that most ejuices are labeled with 50/50 PG/VG or 40/60 PG/VG or whatever the propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin proportions may be. However, some ejuices might simply be labeled “max VG” and many people mistake this to mean 100% VG.
Simply put: 100% VG means that the juice is made purely of vegetable glycerin and/or water with flavoring and nicotine (optional). Another way to look at it is that 100% VG means that the juice in theory should be “propylene glycol free” which is often the other component that makes up ejuices.
Max VG is the vendor’s definition of the optimal blend for their own ejuices. It’s a rather ambiguous definition because max VG could theoretically mean 70% VG, 80% VG, 90% VG or even 100% VG, but that’s entirely dependent on the vendor.
Why does it matter?
Some people have propylene glycol sensitivity or allergies and have reactions after vaping it. If you know that you’re allergic to PG, then you should strictly avoid any juice that says “Max VG” or have any ratio of VG/PG other than 100% VG. Prolonged exposure to PG, even in small increments, when you’re allergic may cause problems for you later down the road. This is unproven as of now, but treat your PG allergy as any other allergy that you may have, such as peanuts.
If vaping is supposed to be safe for me, why does propylene glycol make people allergic?
There’s a common misconception that many people “develop” an allergy to propylene glycol as they begin vaping, but in reality, many of these people simply didn’t know that they’ve had this allergy all along. Vaping is deemed as a better alternative, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’ll be safe for you. We often have allergies to things that are considered “normal” to other people. For instance, I have the worst allergies to crawfish and ibuprofen, two things that are commonly deemed “safe” and yet I’m deathly allergic to them.
It’s also a common mistake for people to take symptoms such as a scratchy throat, headaches, and nausea for an allergic reaction to propylene glycol. If you’ve just gotten off tobacco and switched to vaping, the headaches and nausea may just be the withdrawal effects of tobacco.
If you’ve been vaping for a prolonged period of time and these symptoms persist, you may be among the few people who truly are allergic to PG. You should definitely stop vaping any juices that contain propylene glycol and switch to a 100% VG juice (or technically 99.9% VG)."
-Tri Nguyen at Zodist
Here at The Vape Kitchen we do not add any PG to our flavors which truly make our e-liquids Max VG. Nor do we add any water, food coloring or preservatives. If you've vaped a few of our flavors you'll notice that not all our e-liquids are of the same consistency. Some are thicker than others. This is because our e-liquids are not made with pre-compounded or premixed flavors. When you are vaping our full flavored e-liquids you are vaping a flavor that was thoroughly thought out with much care by Chef Oren who put several extracts/flavorings to create that one flavor. Which means each flavor can have well over 30 different flavorings in it depending on how complex it may be.
Although some of our VG based flavors are directly infused, we do also utilize flavor extracts containing PG. We have found that even our most PG sensitive customers get no irritation from our liquids which makes us a favorite among PG sensitive vapers. Also, when we do our own flavor extractions we do not use PG. Please be aware that some of the flavorings we use are also the same ones used by food and beverage companies found in your local supermarket.