Obviously, most of the products in the vape world are mass-produced in China and they often are entirely lackluster in terms of consistent quality. And of course when we're talking about end-all quality of materials and construction, guys like me can't really afford to plop down $200-$500 for the newest titanium hand-made mod. But just because we don't wipe our asses with $100 bills, doesn't mean that we can't afford to make our hobby as classy as possible. Like I said last night: If you are reading this, you aren't likely someone who is satisfied with a Blu Cig from 7-11. You landed here because you are into this stuff.
So tonight I'm doing little more than show and tell. After writing up a broad strokes introduction to DIY juice, I want to tell you about my juice storage solution. I hate little plastic squeeze bottles. I think they're tacky and I don't want them sitting on my desk. So for $6.75 including shipping, I bought six 15mL amber glass pharmacy bottles a couple months ago. I was so enamored with the end result, that I have since bought another six in that size and six 30mL glass bottles as well.
What a world of difference this little upgrade has made to how I look at my stuff. I tried to find them in town, but I live in the sticks and have no access to stores that carry such things. So I went to eBay. That's where I scored them from a beauty supply vendor. They have become increasingly popular due to the recent trends in aromatherapy.
(Note: wash the heck out of them when you get them. They aren't sold intended for food products necessarily, but they are pharmacy bottles. I assume if you can put eyedrops in them, they should be plenty safe for e-juice. But I did get them a good solid hand washing in the sink with some dish soap before using them.)
The glass eyedroppers in them aren't quite as handy as the syringe-style tops on some of the plastic bottles, but the classy look far outweighs that in my opinion. I used my wife's little label maker (I'm certain I'll be forced to buy her some more label tape as a result. Oops.) to finish them off. I may go into Photoshop and mock up some nice, rustic looking labels that I can print out on Avery labels eventually, but for now, this works well.
I also built myself a little stand out of some scrap cedar to hold my bottles and associated clearomizers in front of each flavor. When I win the lottery, all those cheap plastic clearos will be replaced with glassomizers, but for the now, I'll have to live with them. In the end, the finished look is something I'm proud to keep out on my desk all the time. Does it increase the quality of my vape? Nah. But in my opinion, anything worth doing is worth doing classy. Glass bottles rock. Snag some. They don't cost much and have the added benefit of not reacting to the stronger juices. Also, I'm pretty sure that the brown glass filters at least some of the UV spectrum so hopefully that will keep the juices from degrading in too much light.