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Jan 20

Virgin Vapor Prepares for FDA Regulations – Testing E-Liquids for Diacetyl, Acetoin and Acetyl Propionyl

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Organic E-Liquids That Are Diacetyl, and Acetyl Propionyl Free 

I may be a staunch supporter of electronic cigarettes, but I’m also concerned about public health and ecig safety. There are some popular e-liquids that contain the ingredients diacetyl (DA) and acetyl propionyl (AP)-  two ingredients sometimes found in buttery, sweet, or creamy e-liquid flavors that pose a “small, but avoidable risk” according to one of the most respected scientists in the industry, Dr. Konstantin Farsalinos.

Why the Concern over Diacetyl and Other Chemicals if E-Liquid Ingredients are FDA Approved?

According to Dr. 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 organic eliquidsVirgin 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:

  1. pharmaceutical grade Kosher nicotine
  2. organic pharmaceutical grade vegetable glycerin
  3. pure, distilled water
  4. 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.

Looking for other Diacetyl-free e-liquid brands? Here's a more detailed article I wrote for Best E-Cigarette Guide.

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  1. Dave

    Virgin Vapors fabricates other facts to increase sales -maybe this one is too? I would take anything this company tells me with a raised eyebrow.

    Angel, the very person you used as a source for this article, told me in email (I still have this email if you’d like it forwarded to you) that their e-liquids don’t expire. This was told to me by Angel after I got some e-liquid from them that was darkened from oxidation (this flavor of virgin vapor liquid has always been clear in the past) and it had a batch date of 1.4 years earlier than the date I received it.

    If stored in ideal conditions, Vegetable Glycerin (the chemical Virgin Vapor uses to produce the smoke) alone has an expiration date of 1 to 2 years. Nicotine and the flavorings accelerate that staling process. But Virgin Vapors claims their -liquid never expires.

    A while back, Virgin Vapor e-liquids had an expiration date of 13 months after the batch date. Now they’ve removed the fresh date all together, and only have the batch date printed on bottles. How convenient for them to have the only e-liquid made that doesn’t expire.

    Dave

    1. Stephen S.

      I LOVE Virgin Vapor and have been buying their organic e-liquids for years. I also buy organic produce and fruit juice ect., and you know, they has a shorter shelf life because they don’t contain preservatives! Frankly, I’m concerned about purity, diacetyl, acetoin and acetyl propionyl free ejuice and after reading VV’s testing reports I not going to dig deeper to discredit their products for not having a “best if used by” date. I use it up fast enough.

      1. Dave

        Stephen, I liked their products too until the story above. For a company to tell me directly “our e-liquid doesn’t expire” when their product’s main ingredient (VG) absolutely -even under ideal conditions- expires in 1.5 to 2 years, then I no longer trust any of their claims. How do I know their product is truly organic now? Should I think they blatantly tell something inaccurate about expiry, but trust every other claim?

  2. Dr. J. H. Lauterbach

    Please take a look at the article on e-liquid ingredient qualification you can read and download for free at:

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0273230015001245

    Will your e-liquids pass the test?

    John

    1. Hillary

      Thank you Dr.John for your interest and for including that link.

      It’s true, testing has shown that e-liquid flavorings are likely to play a major role in whether people actually adopt e-cigarettes for longer term use.
      Dr. K. Farsalinos’ is one of the worlds most respected scientists whose ongoing tests support e-cigarette safety and use for smokers who are trying to quit.

      As a reporter, (not an ecig or eliquid manufacturer) I have been reassured by those respected e-cigarette companies interviewed, (including Virgin Vapor) that testing is done for purity and quality of all ingredients- flavorings included. FDA regulations are on the horizon and ecigarette/e-liquid companies are aware of the importance of ingredient disclosure. Many companies now test using 3rd party labs who report independently. Manufacturers of the finest e-liquids advertise that their e-liquids are specifically made to be inhaled, they are a step beyond “food grade,” and they have been GRAS approved.

      It’s interesting to note, that if the current testing requests for pharmaceuticals were as demanding as those proposed for e-cigarettes and e-liquids, modern medicine would come to a standstill. E-cigarette use is about Tobacco Harm Reduction. Unfortunately, many smokers continue to smoke because they are led to believe that e-cigarettes are as harmful as tobacco cigarettes, which is far from the truth.

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