The liquid found in e cigs and e juice contains water, nicotine, flavoring, and at least one other ingredient—propylene glycol (PG), vegetable glycerin (VG), or both. PG and VG serve as a “base” ingredient that stabilizes the e liquid and helps your e cig or PV produce a smooth, consistent vape.
PG and VG have several key differences, so the vaping will feel and taste differently depending on which one was used.
Propylene Glycol (PG)
So, what is propylene glycol? PG is a food preservative that has been safely used in pharmaceuticals and cosmetics for years. Because PG acts as a mixing agent, it helps keep liquid mixtures smooth and consistent—which is why it’s been the most popular base in electronic cigarette liquids since the beginning. Many vaping products including HAUS vape juice and Mistic e cigs use PG because it delivers a satisfying, consistent experience.
PG is the most commonly used base for e juice for several reasons:
- Produces very consistent vapor
- Great “throat hit” that feels like smoking
- Tasteless and odorless, so it doesn't affect flavor
- Doesn't leave gunk on the coil
- Absorbed by the wick quickly so you can vape soon after refilling
Vegetable Glycerin (VG)
E juice can also use VG or a PG/VG mix as the base. Vegetable glycerin is a compound made from processing vegetables such as palm or coconut. Like PG, VG can be found in the ingredients of many foods and cosmetics. In terms of vaping, large cloud production is the main benefit of VG.
The main reasons for using VG in e juice:
- Produces impressively large clouds of vapor
- Adds a sweet taste to the juice
- Less throat hit, easier on sensitive throats
How to Choose Between PG and VG E Juice
Vapers have a lot of options—and that’s a good thing! Deciding between PG and VG will definitely affect how much you enjoy vaping. You can find liquids made with 100% PG, 100% VG, or a mixture of the two bases.
Choose PG if you want a satisfying inhale, consistent vaping, and pure flavors without added sweetness. And choose VG if you have discovered that you have a sensitivity to PG or if you prefer a light, sweet flavor with less throat hit. Competing in a cloud competition? Definitely go VG.
HAUS e juice uses PG because it satisfies everyone. The great throat hit feels like smoking, so new vapers find it very appealing. Longtime PV users also love PG because it produces consistent taste and vapor production with a great balance of smoothness and full flavor.
Vape how you want! That’s the beauty of refillable vape pens like our HAUS. Get started on finding your new favorite way to vape with the premium USA-made e juices from HAUS with few ingredients and tons of enjoyment!