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Organic E-Juice

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As vaping becomes more and more popular, we’ll see different enticing marketing strategies to make the pool of vapers out there want to buy a specific brand of ejuice.  Something I’ve seen recently that really bothered me is organic and natural ejuices being advertised online and in stores. I know in the recent decade, organic foods have been sought after by people for their health benefits and they come with an immensely higher price tag as well. Although organic fruits and vegetables can be easily purchased, a true organic e-juice can be a little harder to find.

For something to be considered organic, it cannot use chemical pesticides as well as be approved by the USDA organic standards. Before a restaurant or grocery store can even advertise organic produce being sold, the product needs to be certified by the USDA National Organic Program. Needless to say, most of these ejuice vendors do not meet these standards. However, let’s break down the e-juice being sold so we can clarify how to actually determine if an e-juice is organic.

(There are two vendors that we have tried that do fall under these guidelines:    Virgin Vapor and Kind Juice.)

USDA Organic

PG or Propylene Glycol is used as part of the base for the e-juice. It is often used to give a deeper throat hit as well as bind flavors to the base of the eliquid. PG is also a synthetic compound. That is you won’t be finding this is your local farms as it is lab made and obviously not certified by the USDA as organic in any means. I can stop here, but let’s continue. Ethyl alcohol or ethanol has many of the same properties as PG, and it can be rated as an organic compound, but it is dangerous to your health if used in high concentrations. So on one side part of the eliquid can be organic but it’ll be harmful to you, but, on the other hand, the high-priced organic eliquid may not be organic at all.

VG or Vegetable Glycerin can be organic. VG is derived from vegetables, and as long as they are organically grown, there is no reason why VG cannot be an organic substance. In fact, if the eliquid only uses VG as a base, an argument can be had that the eliquid could be organic.

Now the flavoring is almost always suspended in PG. As we already know, PG is not an organic compound. Most of the time the artificial flavorings used are not organic either. So bear this in mind when purchasing “organic” eliquid. However, some companies do sell natural and organic flavorings. The flavorings should not be used for vaping as to be organic they could contain lipids as well as biomolecules that are not suitable for vaping. Lipids in the e-juice could lead to something called lipid pneumonia (lung-damaging disease) if inhaled.

Last but not least there is the nicotine. Nicotine is one of the oldest pesticides out there and derived from tobacco leaves. However, it is not on the approved list of pesticides that can be used for something to be considered organic. Although nicotine may be natural and organic in nature, nicotine is not considered to be an organic product according to the USDA. Most nicotine used in e-liquids can be from “naturally handpicked tobacco” but what was applied to it during its growth will be harder to uncover.

According to a recent study, 90% of all tobacco is full of pesticides. Some pesticides are organic but determining this would involve digging deeper into a certain vendor’s suppliers.

So for an eliquid to be completely organic (as some vendors do advertise), they have to be nicotine free and use only vegetable glycerin as its base.

The flavoring has to be organic as well and thus cannot use PG as to suspend the flavoring. Organic flavor extracts don’t use PG but are suspended in lipids and well as biomolecules which should not be used in vaping. Lastly, nicotine shouldn’t be used at all for something to be considered organic. So from the e-liquid breakdown, I’ve concluded that if the e-juice is made purely out of VG and use no nicotine, it could be considered organic. However, many e-juice always manufacturers use a mixture of PG and VG in their base as well as sell their e-juice with nicotine in it. Ergo you aren’t buying a truly organic product.

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  1. i’ve been reading a lot about organic e liquids lately. it’s all a bit of scam really. there’s an article on this site that goes into it a bit more

  2. Can and has been done:

    Plenty of organic VG and flavors too. You just have to look.

    • Awesome! Thx!

    • Yeah, After reading this all I could think was this guy is full of it. Not only does cxt have organic nic, it is the best out there. I use a lot of flavors that are natural(not organic due to cost)and the alcohol content is lower than many of the artificial flavors most companies use. If virgin vapor is still using the same as they did before it sold, I feel confident from my own mixing that they use natures flavors(lots of alcohol)for the expensive line and medicine flower for the really expensive line. You can easily diy and make safe natural or organic juice that is as good or better than anything on the market for a very small fraction of the cost of buying juice.

  3. Thank you for spreading awareness about what organic e-liquid actually entails among the prevalent false claims in the vape industry! I am surprised that Vape Organics is not included in this list, being the first and only USDA-certified organic e-liquid brand. I would love to see a commitment to the truth with an edit to your article, which unfortunately misleads readers into believing that nicotine cannot be organic; it most certainly can, and Vape Organics has proven that! We actually have a proprietary nicotine that we produce in-house, which is likewise the first and only USDA-certified organic liquid nicotine in the world, and a huge step forward for our industry. Further, and since our products actually are certified organic, they are indeed 100% free of PG and other petroleum-derived solvents. Organic e-juice is not simple to formulate, but it is possible… all consumers need to do is look for that USDA seal to ensure the absence of VG, artificial flavors and sweeteners, synthetic chemical pesticides in the nicotine, and the presence of organic-compliant and regulated manufacturing processes and ingredients.

  4. St. Augustine Censored. Their 0mg E-liquids are certified with the USDA as organic. They’re nicotine products have Censored over the word organic. All the ingredients are organic with the exception of course of the nicotine. Adult flavors too, no ones arguing that they advertise to kids.

  5. Virgin Vapors uses organic VG and organic flavorings, different types of organic fruit extracts. Love them

  6. Very interesting article and I do agree with how we should categorize different e juice or e liquid especially with the huge popularity of organic products. Maybe a possible solution to all of this is to also research whether a company actually do tests to ensure quality and claims. I would have to agree that in order to claim ‘organic’ that it has to be free of nicotine and only using vegetable glycerin!

    thank you for this article it was a great read.

  7. Ok, you can argue that nicotine cannot be considered organic, but if every other thing about an e-juice is organic, I would consider the juice itself to be organic. Also, there is at least one brand that claims (and which I believe) to be 100% USDA certified organic: Vape Organics. They can be bought from this site(among a few others): This company also has their own website: Now, I did *not* see any mention on either site about “lipids,” so whether they have lipids or not, I cannot tell. Maybe I will try contacting them.

  8. Been using Kind Juice since they came out ( two years ago? ) or at least since I first saw them – and have been using them ever since. Their Little Mean Vanilla Bean is in one of my vapes at all times. Highly recommend.

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