Last updated on May 11th, 2018
Are you a vaper who’s concerned about dangerous chemicals like diacetyl in your ecigarette e-liquids? There have been scientific reports from even the most pro-ecig scientists, including Dr. Konstantinos Farsalinos warning vapers that some compound flavors such as vanilla custard (my absolute favorite) may contain minute amounts of Acetoin and Acetyl Propionyl, or even Diacetyl. These are substances which may be hazardous when heated and inhaled over a long period.
Fear not! The best e-cigarette ejuice companies are aware that their flavor supplier’s tests are not good enough for today’s rigorous purity and safety standards. They’re a step ahead of FDA regulations; ready to present detailed independent reports on the safety and purity of their products’ ingredients. I stress the word independent because it means testing was performed outside the company, not within their own laboratories.
Are Vapor Companies Keeping Products Safe?
I contacted popular e-liquid companies Vaporfi, Kai’s Virgin Vapor, DirectVapor, Firebrand, Halo Cigs, and Mt. Baker Vapor voicing my concerns about e-liquid ingredients that may one day prove to be harmful.
It didn’t take long before I received an explicit response from each company on how they were addressing the safety issue and I’m happy to pass them along to you.
E-liquid Companies That Use Independent Labs to Test Their E-liquids
#1 – Kai’s Virgin Vapor’s Customer Service Team confirmed there is no Diacetyl, diacetyl analogs, Acetoin, Acetyl Propionyl, 2, 3-Pentanedione, Diethylene Glycol, Ketone, Aldehyde, or Hexane in any of Virgin Vapor’s pure organic e-liquids. Neither are there any heavy metals, mercury, lead, chromium and cadmium.
Virgin Vapor, (now called Kai’s Virgin Vapor) has prepared third-party certified lab reports and they are fully certified by AEMSA.
According to Angel, a Virgin Vapor representative, 100% organic e-liquids means there are no chemical flavorings, which may be why their tobacco flavor “Black Velvet” is so true to taste.
“The flavor IS the plant, flower, fruit, etc… Virgin Vapor flavors are steam extracted so there is no chemical residue left behind from the extraction process.”
The ingredients are very simple:
- pharmaceutical grade Kosher nicotine
- organic pharmaceutical grade vegetable glycerin
- pure, distilled water
- certified organic flavors
VV’s most recent statement says ” We have Certificates of Analysis showing all of our flavors to be free of these compounds with a detection limit of 0.1 parts per million.
#2 VaporFi VaporFi spokesperson, Andres Gomez verified that their Premium, Reserve and GRND RSRV lines are 100% clean with lab reports published on their website to show all results.
“We think that it’s an important to combat [these] reports that paint the Ecig industry in a negative light with positive information about companies that are self-regulating and making sure they are producing e-juice that is clean, 100% free of Diacetyl and AP. VaporFi, e-liquids are among the cleanest juices out there and produced under the highest operating standards.”
Want proof? Check out VaporFi’s e-juice reports:
Award-winning Halo Cigs, makers of the awesome Triton Tank System conducts third party testing for all of their e-liquids.
Company spokesperson, Jason Del Giudice told me Halo tests not only for Diacetyl and Acetyl Propionyl, but also Acetoin, Arsenic, Cadmium, Diethylene Glycol and Nitrosamines.
“We run our e-liquids through third party testing every 3-6 months to ensure there are no changes on our suppliers side.”
Halo has a growing line of e-liquids including a great selection of excellent dessert flavors such as Belgian Cocoa, Malibu and Shamrock (a mint chocolate chip flavor).
#4 – Firebrand American –
This is the e-liquid company famous for their high tech labs, certified 99.9%+ ultra-pure nicotine and three-tier filtration system.
Firebrand’s exhaustive 3rd party lab testing has audited all their product lines. This includes their excellent Liquitine and Sub-OHM e-liquids (80% VG for perfect clouds that won’t clog up your coils). Tests confirmed the safety of all Firebrand eliquids. Testing was conducted at the meticulous level of “parts per billion”.
Last year, only a few flavors came back with slightly positive levels. Those not able to be reformulated were pulled from the lineup, while others with extremely minute levels will soon contain warning labels so consumers can make the choice for themselves.
Firebrand’s best selling flavors – Carnivale, Apple Pie, Emperor’s Blend, Peppermint Patty, Snow Cat, Tobacco Royale, MRX, and Penguin Corps 99 tested 100% of Diacetyl & AP free.
#5 – DirectVapor –
Discount company DirectVapor carries a huge selection of e-liquids from some of the most popular ejuice companies including Motley Brew, Cosmic Fog and Space Jam. The DirectVapor website is extremely transparent when it comes to e-liquid safety. DirectVapor now carries such a wide variety of e-liquid brands they have recently revised their website to indicate which brands and flavors are Diacetyl and AP free. You can now search by “diacetyl and AP free”; “diacetyl free”; and “AP free”. 48 e-liquids are AP and Diacetyl-Free, 37 are Diacetyl-Free and 1 is AP free.
#5 – Mt. Baker Vapor
MBV’s representative Michael Sullivan confirmed that their Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) reports show no Diacetyl, Acetoin, or Acetyl Propionyl in Mt. Baker’s quality, US made eliquids including the Custard and Vanilla e-liquids.
Mt. Baker Vapor has addressed the overwhelming task (and costs) of submitting their enormous flavor inventory for independent testing. Although product selection may soon be reduced to make the job viable, the process has begun and all results will be published publicly.
Are All Ingredients in E-Liquids Safe?
All the e-liquid companies mentioned in this post use pharmaceutical grade vegetable glycerin (VG) or a 50/50 mix of pharmaceutical grade propylene glycol (PG) as a base. The nicotine used (if ordered by the vaper) is also guaranteed pure.
With e-cigarette safety and consumer awareness as our mission, the entire review staff at Best E-Cigarette Guide is happy to recommend all of the above quality e-liquid companies.
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