Here we go... First one again in a long time.
This is more of an interview/article.
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Who is Blck Flavour?
I am sure this is one of the most known stores/supply shops to the vaping community. Blck Flavour started in 2016 and was established with the purpose of creating a multi service platform for juice manufacturers as well as DIYers to create new flavours with concentrates from all around the world.
Blck Flavour is passionate about vaping and creative e-liquids, by providing vapers around the country with a wide range of mixing components at affordable prices.
1. How does the mixing process work?
The DIY (Do It Yourself) alternative method of creating your own e-liquid. Creating your own e-liquid allows you to build a flavour from scratch, by using the following ingredients: VG, PG, nic & flavour concentrates. This can be suited to your individual taste to create unique e-liquids made by you, for you. This creates the opportunity to invent new flavours. DIY is possible, economic, and simpler than you might think.
Starting from scratch can be intimidating but not to worry as there are recipes & resources available on our website and online, you are bound to find something suited to your tastes. Once you have found a recipe, make use of a recipe calculator to determine the quantities needed per base & concentrate, and get yourself some equipment which can be easily sourced through our website as well with our catered kits made for the new DIYer!
Once you have your bases, equipment, flavour concentrates and recipe, you are all set. All that is left is to add everything together!
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2. How much does the mixing cost?
On average your mixes will come out to R1 per ml, making a 100ml bottle R100.
The costing on any DIY Mix is determined by the recipe you have chosen. Concentrates cost anything from R10 to R130 and the combination of those concentrates will determine your base cost. VG, PG & nic per ml needed will also be determined by the recipe.
3. How long does the mixing take?
Mixing of e-liquids can be done in 15-30 minutes, Practice makes perfect and the better you get at mixing the more efficient you will get.
4. What happens if you do not like the flavour after it has been mixed?
Mixing is experimental, and unfortunately sometimes turning your ideas into a reality can prove difficult however this can be averted by doing necessary research prior to experimentation.
Ensuring you are informed will guarantee your idea should translate into the real thing.
Mixes can be adapted slightly after you have arrived at your finished product, sometimes your e-liquid may not be exactly what you expected and may need some more sweetness, ice, or an additive.
5. Can one bring your own recipes or only the ones from BLCK?
Yes, with mixing, your resources are infinite and BLCK Flavour will not limit you. We ourselves learn something new everyday and new recipes spark our curiosity.
6. Does BLCK offer the capability to assist with flavour development?
Surely, we are passionate about taking your recipes to the next level. If you have an idea or recipe and feel it is good but want to make it better, we can assist you with this. With our extensive knowledge and resources, we can recommend changes in the form of concentrates & additives that will influence your e-liquid for the better.
7. If I want to mix a flavour but the percentages are a bit off, would you mix it as is or offer assistance to improve the flavour?
We will always offer advice based on a recipe. Our understanding of concentrates will allow us to change recipes to meet customers satisfaction.
8. If I really like a commercial juice but want to add additional flavours, would you be able to help?
Adapting mixed flavours can be done on a per bottle basis, to preserve the PG/VG Ratio of the E-Liquid. We mostly make use of additives such as BLCK Ice as they can be used at low percentages but have significant effects on the end product. Nic can also be added up to 3mg to any e-liquid, anything over that, starts to affect the overall flavour of the e-liquid. While we advise against changing a commercial juice, we also understand that everyone’s taste differs.
9. What nic strengths can you mix?
We can mix anything up to 18mg on freebased nic & 50mg on nic salts.
10. What PG/VG ratio do you use?
The most used VG/PG Ratio is 70/30. However, you are not limited to mixing at that ratio and some recipes force you to adapt it as the flavour concentrates which are PG Based sometimes equate to 30% or more taking up all the PG space available in a mix. Leaving no room for PG Based nic. You can then either go for a 60/40 mix or use VG Based nic.
11. Can you mix Nic Salts or MTL flavours?
Yes. We can adapt any recipe to fit a Nic Salt or MTL E-liquid in a safe manner. We can also adapt One Shots into High Nic Mixes as well, leaving our customers with a wide range of options.
12. What do you need to mix at home?
You would require the following:
1. Base Liquids (VG, PG & Nic).
2. Flavour Concentrates or One Shots suited to your recipe or palate.
3. Mixing Equipment (Scales, Syringes, Bottles etc.)
14. What are the dangers of mixing your own flavours at home and precautions that one should take?
The item of most concern when mixing is Nic. The improper use of this item can lead to a harmful outcome. We advise the following to be noted before you start mixing. We do not advise anyone to start mixing until they have done the proper research beforehand.
Not for under 18 use. Make use of gloves whenever you are handling Nic and ensure using it with the utmost accuracy. Nicotine is toxic if swallowed. Nic can be highly Addictive. Not recommended for breastfeeding or pregnant women. Keep away from children, pets, food stuff etc. Always use Gloves (Nitrile) when using Nic.
15. How many concentrates to you currently stock?
We have over 1500 unique flavour concentrates with over 26 Flavour Houses from around the globe in our portfolio. We also stock a variety of professional additives such as Menthol, Sucralose & WS-23 Crystals, etc. Lab & Specialized Mixing Equipment required can also be sourced through us. Our range is ever-growing, and we are constantly adding to our range to bring our customers the widest variety of tastes.
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16. Blck Flavour has brought in the new addition to place your ‘Custom Mixing’ order online. How would this work?
There are 3 steps involved:
1. Add the one-shot or concentrates according to your recipe to your cart in the quantities required to mix the amount of e-liquid you would like.
2. Purchase the relevant Mix fee you would require - https://blckvapour.co.za/collections/mixing-fees
3. Purchase the relevant bottles required - https://blckvapour.co.za/collections/bottles
Once your components are together simply checkout and we will have your e-liquid mixed prior to shipping out
17. I personally believe that the DIY side of the vape world opens so much more flavour combination possibilities, and it can get interesting. What words of advice or encouragement would you like to get across to newbie DIY enthusiasts or even the more experienced DIY vapers.
Mixing is an art form, you are the artist, scientist, and mixologist. Putting the world of flavour in your hands and allowing you the opportunity to create something that is 100% you. It allows you to make something that is catered to your palate and tastes. Your possibilities are endless, and we would be happy to help you along that journey every step of the way.
18. What personally excites you about DIY mixing?
Creating an e-liquid that replicates something in real life, it is simply the coolest thing to take something in real life, or maybe something taken from childhood nostalgia and emulating that in the form of an e-liquid.
19. In your opinion what is the best mod and atomizer to use for DIY?
In terms of a mod, pretty much any device that is 510 compatible should work fine, if you are really invested perhaps a device with Temperature Control could make things a little more interesting as vaping flavours at different temperatures can give you different flavour notes.
In terms of an atomizer I recommend a single coil RDA as it allows for easier flavour testing.
You can wick faster and easier to get through different batches or flavour profiles. Alternatively Disposable tanks can serve this purpose as well and are easier to use with a small compromise on flavour quality.
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20.Tell me a little bit more about the new additions/decor added to the store.
We have added Display Cabinets to feature our DIY & E-liquid selection allowing customers to view our range and inventory at their own leisure with our competent salesman ready to assist. We’ve also streamlined our mixing bar which lessens the wait time while we mix up your favourite recipe.
We have also added several DIY Tools to enrich our customers in-store experience such as a mini overhead Stirrer, Base E-liquid Pumps and a Separating Funnel. We also have a Coffee Machine offering complimentary coffee to our customers, and entertainment area for customers to occupy themselves while we put together their order.
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The TVC Verdict
Regarding the new store layout, I really think it looks awesome and creates such an inviting atmosphere. If you just want to hang out for a bit, chat about flavours or new products on the market this is a shop I would 100% recommend visiting.
I am no mad scientist when it comes to mixing your own flavours at home and I believe it is something that takes a bit a practice and experimenting with. The guys at Blck, will go out of their way to assist you, guide you or even just offer a word of advice.
Online Ordering for Mixing/In Store Ordering for Mixing? Personally, I feel that with the current pandemic that South Africa is facing it is a really initiative for Blck to offer the option to get your DIY flavours mixed online. But also in the same breath, I would rather prefer to do this instore as it adds that personal touch to customer service.
Working in the IT world, I find it easier to communicate with a person face to face than trying to explain myself on an email. It takes years to master, but sometimes you can still get it wrong. I believe that the DIY world is pretty similar to that, but it is still fun and exciting to develop your own flavours.
And that is it for today, hope you find this article helpful.
If you have visited Blck Flavour, please drop your experience in the comments below.
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Hope everyone is still well and keeping safe. I have been M.I.A for many difficult months, 10 to be exact due to personal reasons. The last 7 months have been particularly hard on me emotionally... But I suppose the journey must continue.
"Life is a journey that must be traveled no matter how bad the roads and accommodations."
Therefore I want to ask my supporters if I should be making my return to the vape scene?
yes or no
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