With vaping steadily increasing in popularity, it is only natural that ejuice vendors would want to do something so that their product stands out in an increasingly crowded marketplace. Capitalizing on consumer demand for organic products, a number of “organic” ejuices have recently come onto the market. Commonly associated with health benefits, the word organic increases the price of any product it is placed on, including ejuice. Most of the ejuices claiming the title, however, are actually not organic in the official sense of the term. We had a hard time finding any site that not only offers an organic e-juice but if it even actually exists. After digging deeper into the subject, we can whole-hearted say we have found ( and vaped ) some of the best organic ejuice on the market. But first lets break it all down on what qualifies as an organic vape juice.
There are two requirements for a product to be marketed as organic in the United States. First, it must be produced without any unapproved pesticides. Second, it must be certified by the USDA as an organic product. Most of the companies advertising organic vape juice fail one or both criteria. Let’s see why.
First, many manufacturers use PG, or Propylene Glycol, as part of the base for their ejuice. Not only does it produce a deeper throat hit when vaped, but it also helps the flavorings bind to the ejuice itself. While it is great at what it does, PG is a synthetic compound. Any company using it is immediately disqualified from being organic. This knocks most companies out of the organic game right off the bat.
There are two vendors that we have tried that do fall under these guidelines:
In theory, it is possible to replace PG with ethyl alcohol, more commonly referred to as ethanol. It has most of the same chemical properties as PG and meets the USDA’s organic guidelines. The problem with it is that research suggests it is hazardous to human health if inhaled in high concentrations. Many vapers vape very frequently, preventing ethanol from being a viable option for ejuice use. Therefore, it is almost never used in the same manner as PG.
The ejuices that are based in VG, or Vegetable Glycerin, can be organic. The compound is derived from vegetables, meaning that it is organic as long as the vegetables grown to create it are. Many ejuice manufacturers are not terribly forthcoming when it comes to their ingredients, however, so a supplier who uses pesticides to grow the vegetables could prevent even VG bases from being organic.
Even if we assume the VG base is really organic, some manufacturers still use PG to bind the flavor. The artificial flavorings themselves are also rarely organic. In the event natural flavorings are used, they could contain lipids or other biomolecules that cause a health condition known as lipid pneumonia when vaped. Lipid pneumonia is a lung-damaging disease caused by inhaling compounds that the lungs cannot handle. Much like organic ethanol, organic flavorings may do more harm than good in an ejuice.
Finally, there is the nicotine. Yes, it is derived from natural tobacco leaves, but the USDA does not consider it an organic substance. Tobacco is also a crop that is almost always grown with the help of pesticides. According to one recent study, over 90 percent of all tobacco plants are full of pesticides. While some pesticides are allowed by the USDA’s guidelines for organic merchandise, it would be impossible to determine if they are the only ones used without conducting a deep dive into every supplier’s agricultural practices.
So, let’s review what is required of an organic vape juice. They cannot contain any nicotine as it is not an organic product. They cannot use PG as either the product’s base or to help bind the flavoring. The flavoring itself must be natural while avoiding lipids and other biomolecules that are harmful when vaped. Since so much tobacco is grown using pesticides, you also need to ascertain whether a product’s suppliers provide exclusively organic products. Finally, the USDA must be invited in to certify the organic practices. If all of these conditions are met, any vape juice can be organic. Most companies making a claim, however, fail a whole bunch of them.
We were able to find two manufacturers who can legitimately call their product organic: Virgin Vapor and Kind Juice. They win the title of best organic ejuice by default. If you want to try an organic vape, check out our reviews of both products at the bottom of this page.
While organic foodstuffs have real health benefits, ejuice is not food. The guidelines for what is organic do not apply to vaping, as many organic compounds are harmful to the body if inhaled. Most companies claim to be organic only to artificially inflate what you are willing to pay for their products. We recommend that you avoid these false claims and stick to the ejuices you already trust.