How to Treat Eliquid Flavor Burnout or Vaper’s Tongue

Last updated on September 18th, 2017 at 09:15 am

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Are you Forgetting What E-Juice Flavor You Are Vaping? 

You’re probably not losing your memory, (or your mind). You’re just experiencing the dreaded Vaper’s Tongue – the strange and unsettling sensation of losing your taste buds.

How to Treat Eliquid Flavor Burnout or Vaper’s Tongue

It’s not uncommon to experience a loss of taste, but since you’re probably here because you’re a vaper, I’ll stick to helping you solve e-liquid flavor burnout and vaper’s tongue syndrome.

Help! I Can’t Taste My E-Liquids

Don’t panic. Your tongue isn’t broken and your taste buds haven’t abandoned you. Actually this strange syndrome has more to do with your olfactory senses, or sense of smell. Unless you’re experiencing other symptoms, you’re probably not sick. Your brain has gotten so used to the taste of the e-liquid that it starts treating it like white noise and tunes it out. The result? Vaper’s Tongue!

Taste buds also get damaged. There are several causes including alcohol use, medications, having an infection, eating extremely sour or spicy foods and of course, smoking.

Fortunately, taste buds heal themselves, although they do get weaker as you get older, which is one reason why your taste for different foods change in the transition from childhood to adulthood.

Remember the cells in your taste buds are on a constant cycle, dying away and then regrowing. This cycle can take anytwhere from 10 days to 2 weeks.

So What Do I Do in the Meantime?

Many people who use e-cigarettes experience vaper’s tongue, but there are several ways to wake up your taste buds.


Try vaping a totally different flavor for a while; one that’s very different from what you’re vaping. If you vape sweet flavors, try something with a bite, like Mt. Baker Vapor’s Solar Flare – a brisk citrus and mint flavor…or something complex like Virgin Vapor’s Dark Side of the Moon. Your taste buds will switch gears and there’s a good change you’ll be able to return to your old flavor in no time.

Here’s what Vaporfi, (the ecigarette company that also produces over 50 eliquid flavors) has to say about flavor burnout.

“Vaping can dry out your mouth and a thin film might form on your tongue. This film acts like a shield that blocks flavored e-liquid from reaching your taste buds.”

Strong flavors like mint, menthol or cinnamon can get through that film. Try it and see if that does the trick.

You can also try cleaning your teeth and mouth with bicarbonate of soda. Wait awhile then try vaping your favorite flavor.

Smell the Coffee…Literally

Sniffing fresh coffee beans is supposed to clear the senses. Perfume and wine testers sniff coffee beans after sampling many different aromas and flavors. Try it. It will usually help shake off vaper’s tongue. Who know’s, maybe coffee e-liquid will do the same thing.


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Drink Unsweetened Lemonade

The tartness shocks your taste buds. Of course this method works best if you’re not vaping lemonade e-juice.

Clean or Replace your Atomizer!

Do you use a refillable ejuice tank? You may have dirty atomizer contacts. Buy new ones, or at least clean them.

Here’s an easy way to clean your atomizer heads

Lay Off the Ciggies

If you still smoke, quit smoking for a while. You’ll probably taste the difference and who knows?…it could give you the push you need to make the full transition to e-cigarettes.

Mix it Up

I think prevention is the key when it comes to e-liquid burnout. You should mix up your e-liquids regularly. Have several vaporizer tanks or flavor cartridges on hand and keep switching them out. Try some of the pyrex/glass Clearomizers instead of the plastic ones.

Keep it Fresh

Another possible reason for loss of taste while vaping is that your e-liquids are getting old. As e-liquids age, flavors can degrade, sometimes leading to a peppery taste. This is one instance where you might not have a case of vaper’s tongue at all, but simply need to get some new e-juice!

Remember Vaping is not only a smart alternative to smoking, it’s an adventure!

Have you experienced eliquid burnout or vaper’s tongue? We’d love to hear about it! Please share your experience by commenting below.

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Hillary

Hillary, BECG's managing editor and contributing author has been an advocate for the vaping industry for over 10 years. After a long career writing and producing for national television networks, Hillary now focuses on helping smokers and former smokers better understand the many benefits of electronic cigarettes and the role they play in tobacco harm reduction, health and well-being.

She is the editor for Cloud NineBest E-Cigarette Guide, ECigarette News,and Miles Design

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11 comments to How to Treat Eliquid Flavor Burnout or Vaper’s Tongue

  • Dave

    I was half smoking and half vaping for about 2 weeks. Once I was only vaping, a week later I tried an e-juice again and I notice there was pineapple in it. I never tasted that before. It was crazy that I didn’t even notice it before. I have also found that I used to love coffee flavors when I smoked and now I find them kind of gross. I am all about the sweet fruit vapes now. I honestly feel you can’t really judge the flavors until your fully off smoking.

  • Louisa

    I’m having the worst VT.
    I haven’t smoked one ciggie in 41 days, since getting my Smok Micro One with a Nautilus X tank.
    I can taste food and drink but not one of my ten flavours, no matter what.
    I’ve been like this for five days and am SO so so miserable. I am really close to getting some smokes 😩
    I’ve tried every trick suggested, have set a two hour timer and not vaped but nothing has worked.

    • Hillary M.

      Hi Louisa,
      Congratulations on going smoke-free for 41 days! Sorry you are having a bad case of VT. It is strange that you cannot taste any of your 10 different flavors. I’m wondering what e-liquid brand you are using, what VG/PG ratio you use and whether you order extra flavor shots with you ejuice. Sometimes high VG eliquids give you less taste. You are vaping a very good vaporizer and as long as you get good vapor using it with an Aspire Nautilus tank you should taste your vape. I’ll look out for your reply. Hope to see comments/solutions from other readers here too.

  • Anna

    Ive wasted so many coils already thinking that my coils were burnt… Furthermore the shop owner lied and said not only Is it impossible to clean your coils (I know for a fact this isn’t true) but that any diminishing flavor means the coils are burnt and need to be replaced. I also know now that this isn’t true. I even purchased a better vape thinking that it was the vape itself. I think I’m just going to start smoking tobacco flavor. It’s not like I don’t enjoy the taste of tobacco and I don’t imagine it losing any “flavor.”

    • Hillary

      Hi Anna,

      Some coils can be cleaned easily (those top and bottom coils where you can see threads). The newer coils really cannot be cleaned by washing and need rebuilding or replacing when your vape starts tasting burnt. If you are experiencing diminishing flavor, it could be, as you suspect that your e-juice flavor or brand is inferior, or perhaps you are setting your vaporizer wattage/volts too low or setting the airflow too high. Maybe you need a more powerful vaporizer. Best of luck.

    • Hillary

      Hi Anna,
      Thanks for leaving a comment and for inspiring me to write an article on How to Stop your E-cigarette Atomizer Coils from Burning before their time.

  • Steve V.

    I have experienced vapors tongue when I first started vaping. I prefer a fruit and menthol mix but I was also using Ignite brand liquid. Throughout the years, I found the Tasty Cloud Co. and their flavor Dragonaire. If you like fruit and menthol mixes, it is on par with Pluto from Space Jam.

  • Elisabeth Dunn

    Thanks for all the input. I’m experiencing vapors tongue now. I’m drinking water and already, my juice is more flavorful. I’m still confused about steeping. The woman at the vape shop is all about steeping your E juice. Instead of this process being a nuisance, I look at it like an adventure so i don’t have a bad experience with vaping. Also, anyone know much about nicotine levels and flavor output?!!!!
    Next, I’m going to change from vanilla delight to zesty lemon lime with a hint of menthol. Thanks again,

    Elisabeth

  • Josh Finck

    This article brings up some very interesting points; vape tongue is a growing problem in the vaping community, but a lot of this information is outdated! It’s not normal for a vaper to lose taste after vaping ejuice, it most likely points to a lesser quality product. There’s companies like Sensory Solution, that are attempting to educate the masses about this vape tongue epidemic while creating products for companies that eliminate vape tongue entirely; this needs to be the new standard of e-juice. I personally vape, and only buy brand name products and even then i also get the ‘vape tongue’, there needs to be more standards set so that we know what we are putting in our lungs. I quit cigs about a month ago, 15 year smoker, and have never turned back, but NOT knowing what I’m putting in my lungs now is worse than before.

    • Hillary

      Hi Josh,
      Thank you for contributing here.

      The most reputable eliquid companies disclose ingredients in their ejuices so you do know what you are puttiing in your lungs. Also, many companies are now tested for purity by third part labs. See my review. Of course, no one knows the long term effects of vaping. We only know the long term effects of smoking tobacco and you do know what you are putting in your lungs if you smoke a tobacco cigarette.

      As for Vaper’s Tongue, it’s not a disease, although you are correct in saying some eliquids are better than others. Vaper’s tongue is a sensory side effect from overloading your tastebuds with the same flavor. It can happen with food too, not just vapor.

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