Certified by AEMSA, Organic E-Liquid Company Virgin Vapor Prepares Certified Independent Lab Reports
I may be a staunch supporter of electronic cigarettes, but I’m also concerned about public health and ecig safety. A 2014 report on e-liquid ingredients by one of the most respected scientists in the industry, Dr. Konstantin Farsalinos has been somewhat disconcerting, not only to vapers like myself, but to popular e-liquid companies like Virgin Vapor.
Why the Concern if E-Liquid Ingredients are FDA Approved?
E-cigarette ingredients have been FDA approved for human ingestion, but they have not as yet been approved for human inhalation. I can’t say I’ve ever been worried about inhaling savory food vapors in the kitchen, but today it seems everything eventually becomes a target for scrutiny and e-juice vapor inhalation is no exception.
The Report That Spurred More Reports
Dr. Farsalinos’ report on eliquids was reassuring, but his study cited diacetyl (DA) and acetyl propionyl (AP) as two ingredients sometimes found in buttery, sweet, or creamy e-liquid flavors that pose a “small, but avoidable risk”.
According to Farsalinos,
“The study is important because it confirms the lower risk potential of e-cigarettes compared to smoking but also identifies an avoidable risk…We expect to see appropriate action taken by the e-cigarette industry to remove this small but unnecessary risk, making the products even safer than they currently are”.
Virgin Vapor is one e-liquid company among some of the most respected in the industry that have taken action by submitting their products to independent labs for testing and reformulating if necessary.
I discussed test results with Virgin Vapor’s customer service team who assured me there is no Diacetyl, or Acetyl Propionyl in any of Virgin Vapor’s pure organic e-liquid flavors. Neither are there diacetyl analogues, Acetoin, 2,3-Pentanedione, diethylene glycol (DEG), ketone, aldehyde, hexane or any heavy metals such as mercury, lead, chromium and cadmium. It seems costly, detailed independent lab tests produce more than just the currently required analysis.
According to Angel, an aptly named Virgin Vapor spokesperson,
“All of our raw materials have been tested for these and many other compounds by a third-party Certified Lab. There are currently no regulations that require we test for these compounds; however, as a member of the AEMSA trade association, we agreed to and have tested each individual ingredient that goes into our flavorings and have Certificates of Analysis proving that our raw materials do not contain these compounds. Over the course of 2015 we will begin testing our finished products so that we are able to provide Certificates of Analysis for each finished product, should the FDA require we do so.”
Virgin Vapor, a member of AEMSA – the American E-liquid Manufacturing Standards Association will soon be fully certified by AEMSA.
Simply put, Virgin Vapor’s flavorings are derived directly from the plant, flower or fruit listed. That’s why they are certified “organic”. Flavorings used are not compounded with added chemicals. Virgin Vapor's flavors are steam extracted and/or extracted in organic ethyl alcohol and there is no chemical residue left behind from the extraction process.
What Are the Ingredients in Virgin Vapor E-Liquids?
The ingredients are uncomplicated:
- pharmaceutical grade Kosher nicotine
- organic pharmaceutical grade vegetable glycerin
- pure, distilled water
- certified organic flavors
All Virgin Vapor E-Liquids are available in a base of either third party certified organic, pharmaceutical grade vegetable glycerin or, if the customer chooses; a 50/50 mix of pharmaceutical grade, organic vegetable glycerin (VG) and pharmaceutical grade propylene glycol (PG).
Both the Virgin line and the alcohol free Absolute line are offered in glass bottles to prevent chemicals such as BPA leaching into your e-liquid.
The bottom line is that vapers should choose their e-liquid suppliers carefully. It’s good to know that some e-liquid companies are a step ahead of FDA regulations.
Want to check out Virgin Vapor's organic e-liquids? Their website has an extensive lineup of excellent e-juice flavors.