Vaping has become one of the fastest rising industry today. Different marketing strategies are used to entice new and old vape users to buy a specific brand of e-liquid. Everything organic is good, either food products, cosmetics, beverages, medicines or vape products. The problem with organic products, they are much expensive than non-organic products. Although food products like fruits and vegetables can quickly confirm if they are indeed organic, vape juice is a little different. For a product to be considered as organic, USDA Organic Standards need to approve it. Before a supermarket or restaurant can advertise organic produce and products, It needs to be certified by the USDA National Organic Program. Unlike these businesses, vape shops don’t meet the standards set by the government.
(If you want to know more about USDA Organic Standards)
Let’s talk about organic e-liquid and understand every manufacturer’s “organic” claim. Propylene Glycol or PG is one of the essential ingredients in making e-juice. It is the one that gives the throat hit and binds the flavoring to the juice. Most users don’t know this, but PG is a synthetic compound. It is made in the laboratory using methods not certified by FDA or USDA as organic ingredients. To make e-liquid “organic” instead of using PG, other manufacturers use Ethanol or Ethyl alcohol. It has the same compound and properties as Propylene Glycol but as we know Ethanol and Ethyl alcohol dangerous if consumed in high volume. They advertised it as organic, but in reality, it is hazardous to consume. And even if you find a real organic e-liquid, the price is quite high.
Vegetable Glycerin or VG can be organic because it comes from vegetables, and as long as the source is grown organically, VG can be considered organic. If the e-liquid uses VG as their base, manufacturers can advertise it as one of the best organic vape juice in the market. But the problem with this is we can’t validate their claim unless they present a certificate that the source of their VG is organically grown.
So, instead of wasting your time thinking if the product is organic or not. You have to be more concerned about ingredients like diketones and their derivatives like acetoin, acetyl propionyl, and diacetyl. These ingredients are OK to digest, but it is not safe for human inhalation. Remember, if an organic flavoring doesn’t use PG as their base, bust suspended in lipids, they are not fit for human consumption.
And lastly, the nicotine. Most nicotine may be organic and natural, but in reality, it is non-organic according to USDA. No certified organic nicotine source is sold commercially. Almost if not all vape juice line use pharmaceutical made, high-quality nicotine, so if you want to get organic e-juice, make sure it does not contain PG or nicotine and use vegetable glycerin as the base. Real organic e-liquid is expensive to produce and to sell, that’s why most vape shops don’t carry an organic juice line. It is not profitable and tough to sell. If you see an e-liquid who claims they are organic, it means they don’t use artificial ingredients like flavoring, sweeteners or dye, but that does not mean it is organic. If you want to promote a PG-free e-liquid, it is best to put “PG-free” instead of putting “organic.” Remember, there’s a big difference between organic and certified organic vape juice. Most flavorings are synthetic, and that alone will disqualify them to be certified organic or organic. Real organic e-juice uses natural flavor and the glycerin used is organic, meaning it is not made from petroleum by-products, it also has zero nicotine content.
If you want an organic juice, you need to understand the process of making the ingredients as well as the facilities used. All ingredients should be a National Organic Program certified. It is better to ask vape shop owners or juice sellers how their organic juice manufacturer produces their ingredients. Any supplier who advertises their product as “real organic” should be willing to share their list of ingredients. If you want to make sure if what they are selling is the real deal, you can ask for the product’s Organic Labeler Code. If they can’t produce, it’s pretty sure, their product is not a certified organic product and can be reported to FDA or NOP.