Best Propylene Glycol Free E-Liquids

Last updated on July 21st, 2017 at 09:33 am

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PG Free EJuice is a Good Choice for Many ECig Users

Many vapers and would be vapers are concerned about the dangers of the e-cigarette ingredient propylene glycol. But is PG dangerous? Should you only vape PG Free e-liquids?

Many vapers and would be vapers are concerned about the dangers of the e-cigarette ingredient propylene glycol. But is PG dangerous? Should you only vape PG Free e-liquids?

If you’re concerned, I can tell you that there is no scientific proof to date that PG is harmful. You can even ask the FDA as they have approved PG for use in thousands of foods, medicines and beauty products. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved the use of propylene glycol in places like hospitals and food establishments years ago because it is a powerful deterrent against pneumonia, influenza, and other respiratory diseases when vaporized and inhaled.


Still, if you’re one of those people who is afraid of what you don’t know, or you’ve read a terror tactics story circulated by the political anti-vaping faction, or you are simply one of the 6% of the population who is allergic to propylene glycol, please read on.

Finding E-Liquids Without PG (Propylene Glycol) 

Propylene Glycol is a standard additive in non-refillable cartridge-style e-cigarettes. It forms the liquid base for the nicotine and flavor ingredients. It also gives vapers the throat hit they crave, but if you’re going to buy a standard non-refillable cartridge for your “cig-alike” ecig, expect a PG/VG blend of about 70% PG, 30% VG. 

Here’s the Good News

If you use a refillable tank or cartomizer you’ll have more control over your smokejuice flavor, throat hit and vapor volume,..and you can choose low PG or Zero PG levels. 

More and more ecig companies are offering low or PG Free e-liquids. We recommend several outstanding e-liquid companies – because they offer the best tasting ejuices with zero (or close to zero) propylene glycol. Their e-liquids are made with USP grade Vegetable Glycerine, purified water (if you want it ) and nicotine (if you want it). If you want any percentage of Propylene Glycol added to the ejuice, (for the throat hit effect), you can order whatever percentage you like.  

Firebrand Sub-Ohm E-Liquids Choose The Best E-Cigarette Starter Kit For Your Needs with Our Vaping Profile Guide

I personally recommend Firebrand’s excellent Sub-OHM line of e-liquids which are 80% VG. Not only are their flavors outstanding beyond all others I’ve tested, they are Diacetyl, Acetoin and Acetyl Propionyl Free. The Sub-OHM line may be used in any vaporizer with any OHM resistance.

Firebrand was awarded the Top 5 Shining Stars of U.S. E-Liquid Manufacturing by Vapor Digest Magazine.

Absolute Virgin Vapor

Virgin Vapor Organic E-Liquid

Both Virgin Vapor and Mt. Baker Vapor create 100% pure US made e-liquids from your specifications, but Virgin Vapor is completely organic, is certified under European Organic Standards and is 100% VG based. Here’s their statement:

Our VG based e-liquid is 100% propylene glycol free. Many e-liquids are advertised as being vegetable glycerin based, yet they still contain propylene glycol. This is because the majority of flavorings used in most e-liquids come in a propylene glycol base, so you’re still inhaling the propylene glycol added with the flavorings. Our flavorings do not contain PG, giving you a true, 100% propylene glycol free e-liquid. 

Virgin Vapor was awarded several choice awards in 2016 and is off to a great start this year as well. With new flavors coming out each month, VV is still one of the most successful, and rewarding organic e liquid brand in the US. They now carry 240ml bottle sizes and amazing flavors.

What Are the Other Advantages of Custom Mixed E-Liquids?

If you want to go PG free, you many not get the throat hit you desire, however, customizing your flavor levels and/or nicotine levels allows you to create the perfect blend for your taste preference! Both e-liquid companies mentioned give you that option. You may have to experiment a bit, but the small size custom e-liquid bottles and sampler packs are relatively inexpensive. 

Remember, you won’t sacrifice vapor volume because the main ingredient, USP Vegetable Glycerine is what produces those massive clouds. With hundreds of flavors from which to choose, you may discover vaping is not only a great alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes, it’s an adventure.


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Hillary, BECG's managing editor and contributing author has been an advocate for the vaping industry for over 10 years. After a long career writing and producing for national television networks, Hillary now focuses on helping smokers and former smokers better understand the many benefits of electronic cigarettes and the role they play in tobacco harm reduction, health and well-being. She is the editor for Cloud NineSavvy ExaminerBest E-Cigarette Guide and ECigarette News . Follow Best ECigarette Guide on Twitter

23 comments to Best Propylene Glycol Free E-Liquids

  • Robert Fisher

    ill just leave this here.

    What is PG?
    PG is Propylene Glycol a product made from petroleum.
    TLDR; Version

    Mention Propylene Glycol (PG) to most people and they will probably tell you that it is a toxin. On the other hand, PG comes in more than one formulation, so it needs to be clarified as to which formulation is meant.

    The real question is, does it make a difference which one is used, since it is used in everything from hydraulic and brake fluid to snack foods?

    The answer is:
    Propylene Glycol is a form of mineral oil, an alcohol produced by fermentation of yeast and carbohydrates. It is a toxin regardless of which strength is used.

    PG is on the “right to know hazardous substance list”

  • I’m not going to say PG is good or bad, just that it made me cough. I switched to 100% VG liquid and the cough went away. I use the lowest nicotine level liquid I’ve found that gives me good flavor (KindJuice Tobacco Ridge 1.5 mg) and I’m now searching for a no-nicotine alternative that doesn’t taste like fruit candy. I know it’s out there…

  • TeeRay

    I vaped several liquids which were PG/VG. I’m definitely allergic to vaping “PG” so I no longer vape. In my case, I vaped for nearly a month before I thought I was noticing a little eye swelling. A few days later, my throat began to get tight in the evenings after a few weeks of thinking I had strep, and a big doctor bill later where antibiotics and corticosteroids didn’t work, I read up and figured I’d quit vaping just to see what happened. The first day after not vaping, I could tell my throat was less tight. Still, it took about a week or so before that slowly abated.

    Im simply allergic to it. Not saying its bad for everyone, but not good for me

    • Hillary

      Hi TeeRay,

      Sorry you had to go through all that! When you’re sick, allergies are often overlooked or are the last to be considered. They say about 1 in 10 people are allergic to PG which is a solvent found in many cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and household products. Check up on it online at as you may wish to avoid using other products. Virgin Vapor is one of the few e-liquid companies that offers 100% PG free ejuice.

  • Caitlin

    Cloud theory
    & clouddropz (organic)
    Are two juice company’s that are PG free
    And delicious

  • Susie

    As I read these comments, I smile. The bottom line is that as long as folks are making money selling ecig juice (which is where the money is at in the business) those juices will be defended at all costs. It doesn’t matter whaqt study you cite, or when it was published. There will always be those that defend, and those that blame. I believe PG is bad to heat up and inhale. That’s it. No study is going to change my mind. I have dealt with health issues for years that have finally cleared up by quitting vaping. Trust your gut folks.

  • Hillary
    Be honest with your readers, we all need to share more Research as Everyone needs to read,
    The US FDA approves of alot of meds and food additives that other countries have banned whom care about their citizens over bureaucracy.
    This is a recent study by Harvard Medical Research

    More Recent Research

    • Hillary


      I appreciate your concern, but you are citing articles and tests that have been widely disputed by many respected scientists. I suggest The Truth About Popcorn Lung on Popcorn Lung and Diacety. Also, the diacety scare has caused all reputable eliquid companies to reformulate those few flavors that contained diacetyl, even though they were found in negligible amounts.

  • Joseph J Consolini

    Unfortunately propylene glycol (PPG) is known to cause central nervous system disorders if you ingest more than 10mg/pound of body weight.
    The problem is not usually with any one product containing propylene glycol but the aggregate of total PPG ingested from many products on a daily basis.
    In Europe they don’t allow PPG in food so using vaping fluids with PPG is much easier to monitor and stay under the toxic limit for your body weight.
    In the US it is in everything from livestock (from feed) to baked goods, alcohol and laxatives in varying concentrations with no way to know if you are ingesting a toxic level for an individual’s body weight.
    At the minimum PPG must be listed in the label for every product which can be ingested (or inhaled) so consumers can monitor their consumption to avoid adverse health effects.

  • Tara Klein

    For PG free liquid I love Johnson Creek Vapor Company. Their red oak line is amazing!

  • Jane

    When vaporized, propylene glycol turns to formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen. The New England Journal of Medicine found that PG, particularly with high voltage vapors, creates a high concentration of formaldehyde (again, a carcinogen). If you want to dispute that formaldehyde is not a carcinogen, good luck. PG is not considered harmful if eaten, which is a meaningless argument if you want to point to the FDA saying it’s safe. Yes, safe to consume, not inhale. Think about this: you can eat sugar, but would you want to inhale it?

  • where can i purchased vg juice only,i dont want pg in liquid,thanking you mags.

    • Hillary

      Hi Margaret,
      I recommend two brands…1- Mt. Baker Vapor – They offer an enormous selection of “Max VG” eliquid. Note, this line still contains trace amounts of PG (Propylene Glycol) used as a flavor base. 2- Virgin Vapor – You can order 100% VG from them! Just buy their Absolute Line of eliquids.

  • Stryker Cain

    PG is dangerous. It is antifreeze, which can kill you or your animal. It is dangerous for you to breathe these fumes or blow them in a child or animals face. Don’t advertise that it is safe and the FDA has no claim against it. PG is not a food substance nor a drug and therefore has no FDA information because it is not regulated.
    The FDA acknowledges that propylene glycol can cause kidney damage when consumed in large doses and skin irritation when it comes in direct contact with flesh. In the U.S., products can contain five grams of propylene glycol for every kilogram of body weight. European formulas, however, can only contain .1 gram per kilogram of the ingredient.

    • Hillary

      You are misinformed about propylene glycol. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is on the safe list and is used in hundreds of everyday foods and medicines and products (including beer and gummy bears). It should not be confused with ethylene glycol, which is extremely toxic if ingested.

      As for PG being “antifreeze” you are well behind the times. One of the properties of PG is to keep things moist, why industrial grade PG is used as an ingredient used to make non-toxic antifreeze.

      It is true that some people (about 3% or 4% of the population) are allergic to propylene glycol. They may experience a rash, or vaping with eliquids containing PG simply makes them cough. Today, the best eliquid companies let you purchase your eliquids without PG if you choose.

  • sharon golgan

    I just ordered my e-liquid from Virgin Vapor. !00% organic is the only way to fly with your lungs. I got severe headaches from PG. I tried 3 different brands and the only one that didn’t give me a headache was a VG base. I just want to remind people that the FDA has allowed GMO into our food chain and non washable pesticides which no amount of washing can get rid of. They also allowed Aspartame to be placed on the market even though studies showed a danger to everything that ate it. Now the truth is coming out about it. So please don’t trust the FDA!!!!

    • Hillary

      Hi Sharon,

      I love 100% VG and mostly PG eliquids too like Mt. Baker Vapor and FirebrandAmerica E-Liquids. While you can come close (75% PG) with those two lines, you can trust Virgin Vapor for truly PG free e-liquids as they offer it in both their Virgin Vapor and Absolute Virgin Vapor line of eliquids.

      Thanks for commenting!

  • Major thanks for the article post. Want more.

  • Franklin Kilodel

    Thanks for the article Hillary.
    However Mt Baker states “All of our Max VG (vegetable glycerin) liquids contain the maximum-added amount of VG. However, they do still contain some amount of PG (propylene glycol), as it is used in the flavor base as well as the nicotine concentrate.”
    The flavor base and nicotine base are a significant percentage of the e-liquid, and extra shots of flavor increase that percentage. Vapor Renu also offers “Max VG”. One of their representatives told me that Max VG can typically have at least 8 percent PG.
    Virgin Vaper is truley PG free. Yes, organic too!

    • Hillary


      Thank you for your helpful comment. It will certainly add important info to this review. I’m also glad you mentioned Virgin Vapor…it’s one of my personal favorites. I’m hooked on their Plum Crazy and I get it with Max VG and extra shots 🙂

      • Nana

        Hillary, you may be behind the times about propylene glycol and the ingredients found in most e-juice. Those studies you quote are for ingestion and topical use, and as someone said, I wouldn’t trust the FDA with my life. What you’re missing is that propylene glycol, once heated, is toxic, something the FDA did not include in their analyses. You’re also remiss in mentioning that most flavorings useed in e-juice contain diacetyl, known to cause bronchitis obliterans, aka popcorn lung. Diacetyl, used to flavor buttered microwavable popcorn, is hazardous and toxic when heated and inhaled. So honey, know what you write about before you copy and paste what you’ve read online.

        • Hillary

          I understand your concern, but I’m afraid it is you who is behind the times. The information you cited has long been discredited by reputable scientists. Soon after The New York Times and Public Health England reported that e-cigarettes were 95% safer than smoking tobacco, the anti-ecig factions (including the powerful pharmaceutical industry) organized yet another scare tactic campaign which included the now discredited “popcorn lung” study..

          As for Propylene Glycol used in e-cigarettes, it is formulated for inhalation. This is the same PG used in hospitals, as it is a powerful deterrent against pneumonia, influenza, and other respiratory diseases when vaporized and inhaled.

          I do not know where you learned that Diacetyl is present in “most flavorings” of e-juice. I suspect, honey, that you read it in another sensational but highly inaccurate news story. Reputable, responsible e-liquid companies are well-aware of the diacetyl scare and their products do not contain this chemical.

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