Menthol vape juice used to be a great introduction to vaping for smokers of menthol cigarettes. But now it’s much more than that! Menthol has taken over vaping like a storm and you can find it mixed with every imaginable flavor. Tobacco? Check. Fruits? Check. Ice creams? Check! And the list goes on.
With almost every e-liquid brand coming out with menthol flavors in their lineups, finding the good ones is not always an easy task. We’re here to help! These are our favorite menthol juices available right now, followed by our mini-guide for all things menthol.
Black Note Menthol
Black Note Menthol is a tobacco menthol blend that combines a sun-cured Oriental tobacco natural extract with a cool menthol extract derived from genuine peppermint leaves. Black Note Menthol is a must-buy for fans of mentholated tobacco e-liquids and those who want a blend that gets as close as possible to the real thing.
I Love Salts Spearmint Gum
Mad Hatter Juice’s I Love Salts line is a favorite of fans of nicotine salts. Their Spearmint Gum juice is one of the most realistic and tasty mint/menthol blends out there, and an excellent pairing for your pod system. If you want a clean, straight up spearmint menthol e-juice, this is the one! Available in 25 and 50 mg.
Naked 100 Strawberry POM
Strawberry POM (formerly Brain Freeze) is another excellent menthol-fruit combination by popular juice makers Naked 100. It combines sweet ripe strawberries, tarty kiwi, and ruby red pomegranates with a refreshing, icy menthol kick. Best served ice-cold! Strawberry POM is available in regular nicotine as well as nicotine salts.
Lemon Twist Pink 0°
Twist is best known for their sweet and sour classics. They have now expanded into the fruity and menthol realm, and the Pink 0° from the Lemon Twist line is one of our favorites. A tasty pink lemonade with a refreshing icy exhale, Pink 0° is Twist’s take on one of the most popular e-juice flavors. Available in 0, 3, 6 mg nic or 35 and 50 mg nicotine salt.
Ice Monster Mangerine Guava
Coming from the Jam Monster Liquids team, the Ice Monster Mangerine Guava is an icy fruit mix like no other. A refreshing smoothie made from juicy tangerines and sweet tropical guava, Mangerine Guava will satisfy every fruit fan out there. The juice comes in both regular and nicotine salt options.
What is menthol?
According to Wikipedia, menthol “is an organic compound made synthetically or obtained from the oils of corn mint, peppermint, or other mints. It is a waxy, crystalline substance, clear or white in color, which is solid at room temperature and melts slightly above.”
Menthol produces a refreshing cooling effect and has a wide array of applications. It is used in medicine for its antipruritic, analgesic and decongesting effects, as well as in perfumery, confectionery and even cosmetics.
Does menthol have a flavor?
Yes, menthol is derived from mint, and carries a subtle flavor. Menthol’s aroma chemical profile at the Perfumer & Flavorist magazine explains that “l-menthol displays a light, minty, refreshing peppermint odor that at most practical concentrations is complicated by an intense olfactory numbing/cooling sensation.”
When it comes to vaping, the minty flavor makes it a perfect fit for mixing with fruit flavors, but the lightness of the aroma allows for a wide array of flavor mixes. This combination is also very useful to help alleviate the effects of vaper’s tongue. If you feel that your vape has gone tasteless over time, vaping on some menthol e-liquid may bring back the spark of your e-liquid!
Different types of cooling agents
Menthol is very widely used in vaping, either in its original l-menthol form (usually by diluting menthol crystals to propylene glycol), or in a wide array of menthol derivatives. But the term “menthol” nowadays is commonly used to describe any cooling agent used in vaping regardless of its molecular structure, and other formulations that are not technically menthol are also used in vaping.
Of these formulations, a very popular one is Koolada (WS3), which was created by a company called Wilkinson Sword. It’s very commonly used both in commercial juices and e-liquid DIY—as well as a series of other industries. Koolada, and a variety of other WS cooling agents, are generally comparable to menthol from a cooling perspective but do not come with the characteristic menthol taste. Cooling agents such as these are usually used on their own, but can also be mixed with menthol for a more rounded effect.