Last updated on April 13th, 2018
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.
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 Kai’s 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 30,000 flavor combinations) 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.
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.
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.