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How E-Liquid has Evolved

We are one of the leading E-Liquid manufacturers in the UK, established in Preston, UK, since 2014. With over 10 years of experience in the industry, we have certainly seen it all. From the humble beginnings of E-Liquid and E-Cigarettes to the shake-up of laws and legislation that now define E-Liquid in the UK as a premium, high-quality product. Xyfil has been there. As one of the first to adapt to new changes in the market and establish TPD compliant E-Liquids, we look back at where E-Liquid and E-Cigarettes first began.


Where it really started

It wasn’t until the 1980’s that nicotine replacement therapies began to take off as our understanding of the harm of smoking grew. At first gum and patches were developed but offered little in terms of the cigarette-smoking habit. They only offered the ability to deliver nicotine to the system. This alone unfortunately isn't enough for many people to quit smoking.

That’s why in 2003 a Chinese pharmacist called Hon Lik decided to create a device that resembled traditional smoking. He created the very first E-Cigarette that used ultrasound waves to vaporise a nicotine solution - the very first E-Liquid. By the addition of resistance heating, it produced a vapour to inhale giving rise to the vaping we know.


The demand grows

Since then, there have been many new discoveries with E-Liquids and E-Cigarettes. We’ve come a long way from cig-a-likes and the first basic E-Liquids. Now we have devices with interchangeable parts, pod kits that are easily refilled, disposables for the ultimate convenience, and innovative ways to deliver nicotine and substantial flavours.

From new technology that creates smoother experiences with vaping, to brand new ways of mixing flavours. And with a healthy market, which continues to rise each year, it’s no surprise that demand for E-Liquids and E-Cigarettes continues to grow. As soon as vape tanks hit the market, the need for more variety with E-Liquids, in flavour, strength and different PG:VG ratios, became apparent.


How legislation changed the path of E-Liquid Evolution

You are more than likely already aware of the TPD regulations that came into effect back in May 2016. At the time this caused a stir as it meant many changes were necessary to sell E-Liquid in UK and EU markets. E-Cigarette tank capacities were limited to 2ml. Bottles of E-Liquid were limited to 10ml max capacity. Nicotine strength was capped to 20mg/ml and some flavourings were added to the ban list.

The biggest problem for vapers was certainly the bottle sizing as no longer could they carry around large bottles of E-Liquid to top up their tanks. This was especially an issue for heavy vapers or those using low resistance, high wattage devices. So, E-Liquids went through a new evolution giving rise to the shortfill. These bottles contained nicotine-free E-Liquid which allowed them to be produced in bottles larger than 10ml, and manufacturers then kept a little space in the bottle so that vapers could add their own 10ml nicotine shot.

Xyfil were one of the first UK manufacturers to implement these changes and successfully establish TPD compliant products in the market. Our manufacturing practices allowed us to make the necessary changes quickly and efficiently, from re-bottling E-Liquids to the new capped sizes to amending, re-printing and re-labelling products to comply with the regulations. A service we continue to offer today for those looking to bring products to UK, EU and UAE markets. Whether you are looking for manufacturing, white label services or compliance services, we are here to help.


Where we are today

The advancements in technology have also led to the creation of nicotine salts, a revolutionary way of delivering nicotine in E-Liquids, that prove beneficial for those looking to quit smoking. At Xyfil we offer an unrivalled nicotine salt formula that has continued to win awards each year.

Nicotine salts are extracted from the tobacco plant to create the purest form of nicotine, which provides a stronger hit many smokers/ex-smokers require. It's also kinder to the throat than similar strength freebase nicotine E-Liquids. It is one of the most efficient ways of taking nicotine due to its biocompatibility and is favoured by many vapers who say it delivers a more satisfying vaping experience. Speak to us if you are thinking of creating the next big nicotine salt brand.


It’s certain that E-Liquid can only continue to grow and evolve as the market continues to enjoy growth each year. Have you got a new idea for E-Liquids or perhaps a new flavour that you’re burning to create and hit the market with? Get in touch with us to see how we can help grow your brand and make your products the future of vaping.