How the EU TPD will impact DIY E-Liquid?


In a nutshell the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD) regulations only affect the sale of nicotine products. Thus any products that do not contain nicotine are unaffected.

Whats Unaffected?

As a DIY Mixologist this means that Propylene Glycol (PG), Vegetable Glycerin (VG) and Flavour Concentrates are all outside of the legislation and will be freely available for purchase. Hoorah!!

How’s Nicotine been affected?

The nicotine ingredient has been heavily restricted 🙁 Come judgment day in May 2017 nicotine can only be purchased in 10ml bottle sizes and up to 20mg (2%) nicotine strength.

Sadly, gone are the days of 72mg nicotine bottles.

Whats a Nic Shot?

To cater for the DIY market, a new product has emerged, it’s referred to as a “Nicotine Shot” or “Nic Shot”. Any supplier selling Nic Shots MUST have had them tested by the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and had them approved.

Nicotine Shots vary in VG/PG mix ratio and can only be supplied with a max nicotine strength of 20mg (2%).

How many Nic Shots?

The directive will hinder you, if you’re aiming for a target nicotine strength of 10mg or more! Dough!!! To achieve higher strengths, you’ll have to purchase ridiculous quantities of nicotine shots, which will equate to 60%-90% of the total batch ingredients.

Yeah, that’s a lot of squeezing & empty 10ml bottles!!

Achieving high nicotine e-liquid?

For example if you are cooking up a 100ml batch at 18mg nicotine strength.. Let’s say with a 10% e-liquid recipe at 60/40 VG/PG mix ratio.

Then you will be required to buy 9x Nicotine shots at 20mg and 60/40 VG/PG ratio, then add the 10ml of flavour concentrates.

High nicotine DIY Vapers may acquire a stronger hand shake and will certainly benefit manufacturers of 10ml plastic bottles!!

Buy or Mix, that is the question?

Soon all pre mixed e-liquid bottles can only be purchased legally at 10ml bottle volume. Which cost from £3.99 up to £4.99. If you are like me and vape with a MOD device with double 18650’s or triple 18650’s, we are easily vaping 20ml to 30ml per day.

Do we want to spend £8.98 – £9.98 per day. Like we did with cigarettes.

Resounding NO am sure!!

There is another option!

If mixing flavours seems too adventurous.. then do not fret! The other option is to buy a pre made recipe. This is known as a Flavour shot or a one shot. Its a bottle filled with just the flavour ingredients awaiting the base mix. Flavour shots are usually the boss and made from a well respected and reviewed recipe. Just add the nic shots, VG and PG. It’s as simple as that!

We have 8 highly acclaimed recipes available as one shots CLICK HERE.


Firstly Mystic meg a logician or a dim whit could clearly foretell, DIY Mixing will inevitably get more popular, specifically for MOD vapers!

Secondly, there is a high probability that a 1930’s USA alcohol ban prohibition style black market for e-liquid may emerge.

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