Do eJuices have an Expiration Date?
This is a very interesting topic. The simple answer to “Do eJuices have an Expiration Date?” really does not exist. It’s not that simple. There is an answer though, well answers. Bottles of eJuice do come with expiration dates. All products sold in the United States sold for consumption must have an expiration date by law. That is usually 2 years. But this can vary for a number of reasons. Let’s take a look.
What is the Shelf Life?
The shelf life of any product is the time when the product has been estimated to no longer have the same quality as it did when it was purchased. It is safe to say that most food grade products are not going to be as fresh or potent or effective after two years. So, unless its honey whatever that product is might be jam-packed with preservatives. Most eJuices have a 1-2 year expiration date.
When stored properly you can expect about 2 years of quality integrity. Proper storage usually means a cool dark place. Direct sunlight is never good for any bottled product. Sun and heat break down eJuice. What it really breaks down are the three ingredients in eJuice. Those 3 ingredients are PG, VG and nicotine. All three of these have a shelf life of about 2 years each.
Your eJuice, if properly stored, could easily last for up to 5 years. The breakdown or ageing will not cause the eJuice to “go bad” per se or rot. It will, however, lose its flavour. The most important part of vaping is the taste. An old stale eJuice does not a happy vaper make. This doesn’t happen to me often. But it has. A 30 ml or 60 ml bottle doesn’t last very long for someone who is a vaping daily. The only time I have a bottle around that long is because I either lost interest in it or got lost in my vaping box. It’s probably a good idea when you see a bottle that only has a few ml left that you don’t even remember purchasing to toss in the trash.
How Do I Know if my eJuice is Bad?
There are a few easy ways to tell if you’re eJuice is no good. The first and most obvious is by looking at the colour. If the colour has changed you might have a problem. The juice will normally turn brown. Generally, clear colours will turn brown. This may mean a breakdown or that the eJuice has gone stale. However, it may not be bad.
Sometimes you can age or “steep” your eJuice. This means storing it and periodically opening it to breathe and restoring. This is like ageing whiskey or wine. With eJuice the time frame is in the months though and not years.
Separation is a big red flag that your eJuice is no good. This can happen with inferior products left to sit for weeks or months. But is almost assuredly means that your eJuice is ready for the garbage. And then there is the most absolute test, the smell test. If it doesn’t smell good, it ain’t good.
Avoid the Expiration all Together
A few tips to keep you from having this problem are as follows. For one, don’t buy a bottle if you not sure you will like it. Of course, that is easier said than done as you want to try new things. So, don’t be a big bottle if you’re not sure. Buy a 10 ml bottle. If you don’t like it toss it, no big loss. When you love a certain flavour you can buy a 130 ml bottle.
Don’t build an enormous library of bottles. You really never need more than 3 or 4 different flavours at any given time. Finish what you have before purchasing more juice. But if you are a hoarder, buy quality, store properly and stretch that expiration date out to the fullest. Cheer!