I have never tried the original snake oil. However, I recently started making my own juice to save money. Because of the ratings/reviews/popularity of this recipe I decided it would be the first juice that I made. I did an 80/20 VG/PG mix. I used 3ml of 25% nic base VG, 17ml of VG with no nic, 4ml of PG with no nic, and then the TFA flavors. This juice is vapable from the moment that you mix it. However, give it the time to steep and its complexity will change into something entirely different. Great juice. Not sure how accurate it is to the original but that's ok because this recipe by itself is great!