Dealing with the vaper tongue blues
If you have been vaping for a while, you are eventually bound to experience what is commonly known as vaper’s tongue – the moment where you can no longer “taste” the flavour of your favourite juice.
So why does it happen?
It’s pretty much down to olfactory fatigue, also known as odour fatigue or olfactory adaptation. It is where you can no longer distinguish a taste or particular odour or flavour after prolonged exposure.
One of the big pluses when you give up smoking cigarettes is that your sense of taste tends to improve over time. Some notice things getting better in as little as a week, for others it can take up to six. However as you make the switch to vaping, your olfactory senses can tend to be overloaded and go into something of a shutdown. It’s normal and in most cases, will be rectified simply by waiting it out. However, there are a few things you can do to help things along.
One thing to keep in mind is that vaping has a tendency to dehydrate you. Vapour absorbs any moisture in the surrounding air, and as your mouth contains a lot of moisture, vaping for an extended time can create havoc with your ability to “taste”. Make sure you increase your water intake. It can be a quick and simple solution to no longer enjoying your e-juice the way you have in the past.
Switch it up
If you vape the same e-juice all day, every day, your olfactory senses can become desensitised to that particular flavour. An easy remedy is to switch to something new or set up a flavour rotation. You could consider putting four flavours into rotation so that when you go back to your all day vape, you can rediscover the taste all over again. Quite a few vapers report that mint, menthol and cinnamon flavours are effective at rebooting your tastebuds.
Another trick is to do what many wine tasters and perfume mixologists do – inhale fresh coffee grounds. Coffee interacts with specific chemicals in the olfactory sensors and will help them to reset. Put down your vape and smell the coffee, literally.
Citrus of any kind can act as a great palate cleanser. A squirt of lemon or lime juice could do the trick. Italians sometimes serve a small scoop of crushed lemon ice before a meal to reset the palate. Pickles, pickled ginger and olives or green tea with lemon can also work. Or you could simply try brushing your teeth!
If none of the above works for you, it could be time to face the music and switch to something new. There are so many flavour options available. You can check out our list of top 10 juices if you’re looking for some inspiration. In the meantime if you have any tips or tricks that have helped you get over “vaper tongue” we’d love to hear them.