How to Clone E-Liquid: Part 5 – Creating the Recipe

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Put It All Together

So we have reached our last and final step. That’s putting together our recipe. Now you might think this is the toughest part. But in fact, it’s not. We’ve already done most of the hard work by finding what the defining characteristic of our source was, breaking that down into usable flavorings, batched them out to find the best path to travel down, and now all we need to do is fill in the spaces of the mix. You see, the cloning series DIYorDIE has developed was designed to be a path that was efficient, and repeatable. So here we are, our last step. Let’s mix up our remix.


So like we did with our batching, the first thing we need to do is vape our reference and break down the rest of the notes into flavorings. In this episode, we’re cloning Sadboy’s Butter Cookie, which is a lemon tart / meringue like flavor profile. It’s very simple and there are many great lemon meringue flavorings we can choose from.

Now if you remember from our translation episode, where we broke down our defining characteristics into ingredients, we found out that Butter Cookie relied heavily on the “lemon meringue” flavor. This makes our job really easy when finding the right type of batching to do, since almost every flavoring company has their own lemon meringue flavoring. In this recipe, I chose Capella’s Lemon Meringue Pie V2.

Heading back to the reference, I can also taste 2 different notes. On the finish, there’s a clear bakery, or sugar cookie, or pie crust note. It’s light, its non-descript, and it’s quite fluffy. It seems to “soften” the mix, giving it a much more soft and pillowy vape experience. This is accompanied by a light butter or dairy note, which seems to sit right on the edge of the body and the finish. Let’s take these profiles and translate them into a recipe now.

The Translation

So much like we did in our third step, we’re going to take our other notes that fill in the gaps left over from the defining characteristic, and turn them into flavorings. This is a VERY simple process, so you much KEEP IT SIMPLE. If you taste raspberry in the finish, don’t go try bending 3 different strawberries and watermelons to fit it in. Just put a raspberry there. We want simplicity first, and we will work our way to more difficult bends later if we need them (spoiler, you almost never need to dive that deep).

Defining Characteristic – Lemon Meringue

Translation: CAP Lemon Meringue Pie V2

Remember, we’ve already completed this step. Vaping the original, it’s clear most of the flavor relies heavily on the specific Lemon Meringue flavor a company is using. In this case, it’s best to go after the most popular one on the market, and that’s Capella’s. This is where I also decided to use all Capella ingredients, since this is often done in commercial recipe development to keep shipping fast, and costs down.




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Series Conclusion

So hopefully you were able to learn how to effectively and efficiently emulate your favorite e-liquid brands. Remember, this is a process that may take a very, very long time, and cost a lot of money in the meantime. It’s the difficult thing we can do in mixing. So do not rush the process. Rushing will only cost you more time and money in the long run. Use these steps, plan out your recipes in advance, look for those defining characteristics, use batching to cast the widest net possible, and pay close attention to the balance and accents of your recipes. After some time, and a few clones under your belt, you’ll be much more efficient with building out your own clones. And you’ll never need to spend the insanely high prices for commercial juice ever again!




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