The HOUSEOFLIQUID have identified the causes of the dreaded vaper’s tongue and to give some basic advice for overcoming e-liquid flavour fatigue.
Ever had a moment when you suddenly realised you can't taste your vapour anymore? Or perhaps you've been noticing a gradual loss in your e-liquid's flavour intensity for weeks now? If so, you aren't alone. What you are experiencing is a fairly common and despised side effect of vaping called vaper's tongue.
For starters, you should know that while we call it "vaper's tongue," there's nothing actually wrong with your tongue or taste buds at all. Don't worry, your tongue isn't broken. It actually has more to do with your olfactory senses or sense of smell. Perhaps a better name for it would be flavour fatigue or e-liquid exhaustion.
Whatever you call it, vaper's tongue is a real thing though and there are several possible reasons why you may be experiencing a loss of flavour in your e-liquid.
Five causes of flavour fatigue
The thing about vaper's tongue is it's totally unpredictable. There are those who have been vaping for years and never experienced it, while a vaping newbie might feel the effects of flavour fatigue just days or weeks after switching to e-cigs.
Before you get too panicky wondering why vaper's tongue is happening to you, you should know that it is not a medical issue at all – rather there are some simple explanations as to why this phenomenon occurs:
New vapers who recently stopped smoking traditional cigarettes are prime candidates for vaper's tongue. As you probably know, smoking dulls your sense of taste, so when you start vaping your olfactory senses can get overwhelmed by the intensity of flavours, causing your taste buds to take a break for a little bit. This can happen several times as your body transitions to being a non-smoker.
The process of vaping will dehydrate you. The solutions in e-liquid (PG or VG) attract and draw out moisture like a sponge, which means not drinking enough water while vaping can dry out your mouth and a thin film might form on your tongue. This film acts like a shield that blocks flavoured e-liquid from reaching your taste buds.
Not Enough Variety
Do you have a favourite flavour that you vape all the time? It's hard not to when you find something you really like. However, too much of the same ole' same ole' can desensitise your taste buds to a particular flavour. Basically, your brain gets so used to the taste of the e-liquid that it starts treating it like white noise and tunes it out.
Cold or Allergies
When you get sick, often the first thing to go is your sense of smell, which in turn renders your taste buds practically useless. Having a cold or sinus issues makes it nearly impossible to taste anything at all—vaping flavours included.
Sometimes e-liquid exhaustion has nothing to do with any of the reasons listed above—sometimes it just happens for no reason at all. This can be the most frustrating cause of flavour fatigue. It's like your taste buds randomly decided not to show up for work. With no rhyme or reason, it's best to just move onto the remedies.
Vaper's tongue remedies
Once you figure out the possible cause behind your vaper's tongue, often the solution for curing it is obvious. For instance, if you are getting mildly dehydrated when vaping then drink more water. After all, there's never really a time when drinking water is bad for you, right?
Here are some other tips for getting rid of flavour fatigue:
Rotate e-liquid flavours. Mix up your repertoire of e-liquid every once in a while to avoid getting desensitised to a certain flavour. Plus, the House of Liquid has plenty of custom organic flavours there to choose from, so why not?
Brush your teeth.
Oral hygiene is always a good idea, especially since build-up on your tongue can block vapour from reaching your taste buds. Yet another reason to listen to your dentist and brush those teeth!
Give your senses a flavour shock.
Rinse out your mouth.
Not because you used foul language, but because sometimes your palate needs to be cleansed. See if a strong minty mouthwash like Listerine helps.
Smell some coffee grounds.
Taking a whiff of coffee grounds is a trick commonly used by wine tasters and perfume experts. The smell of coffee can cause the olfactory senses to reset, which may help revive your taste buds.
Lastly, if nothing else works, just wait it out.
"Wait it out" might not be the answer you were looking for, but sometimes vaper's tongue is inevitable. Don't worry, though—eventually you will be able to enjoy the flavour from your vapour cigarette again. Flavour exhaustion is not permanent. With a little time and some fine-tuning when needed, your favourite flavours should return to the intensity they once had.
Don't give up yet, give it time as you will feel the benefits in the long run and we are always here to give help and advice.