Can’t Taste E-Liquid Anymore? Or Does it Taste Bad?
Can’t taste e-liquid anymore? This is a common problem that most vapers experience from time to time. but don’t worry because with a bit of know-how you can overcome this problem!
So, you’ve found your perfect flavour, read the description, placed your order, and waited patiently for it to arrive only to find out it has a weird flavour? You’re not alone.
E-liquids are all made differently, however, credible e-liquid manufactures will only use certain ingredients that are absolutely necessary without adding any additional additives, colourings, or any other unwanted chemicals.
E-liquid is generally made from Vegetable Glycerine (VG) which creates the vapour clouds, and Propylene Glycol (PG) which is the base that allows the flavourings to settle within your e-liquid. Good quality e-liquids will only have these and some flavourings as they don’t need any additional sweeteners or unnecessary colourings to be perceived as a “premium” vape juice.
Can’t Taste E-Liquid Anymore?
This is what the industry calls Vape tongue. If you’ve been vaping for a while then chances are you’ve found your favourite flavour and you’ve been vaping it for a while. But like all great things in this world, too much of a good thing can lead to a tolerance, meaning you can’t taste the e-liquid anymore.
This is completely natural and all you need to do is take a break from that flavour and switch to a different one for a while. A quick way to see if you have ‘vaper’s tongue’ is to drink some black coffee and then return to your vape juice to taste the full flavour like new again!
Another reason you can’t taste e-liquid is that you might have developed flavour fatigue. This is where your sense of smell and your taste buds have been overworked from vaping too much. Simply take a break, ensure you are hydrated, and you will be back to normal in no time!
If you’ve just quit smoking and started vaping, your taste buds will still be recovering from the cigarette smoke. The longer you stay away from cigarettes, the more flavours you’ll be able to enjoy with time!
E-liquid Harsh After Adding Nicotine
There are two types of nicotine on the market that vary in strength. Freebase Nicotine (which is usually standard) has a throat hit. This can make your e-liquid harsh after adding nicotine, especially if you’re vaping juice with a high nicotine strength.
If the e-liquid is too harsh after adding nicotine we would advise you to either reduce the nicotine strength (we find that between 3mg-6mg is average) or switch to nicotine salts.
Nicotine salts can dramatically change how harsh the e-liquid seems after adding nicotine. Nicotine salts are a lot smoother and less harsh, more closely mimicking the nicotine absorption of a traditional cigarette, making it a clear choice for those who have just started vaping to quit smoking!
E-liquid Tastes Bad – Plastic, Chemicals or Soap?
Now, if we disregard badly made e-liquid which will taste bad no-matter what you do, then the common culprit is your e-cigarette device.
E-liquid Tastes Bad?
This is commonly due to your coils. If your coil is worn out or burnt, it will inevitably make your e-liquid taste bad. Simply switch out your coil to a fresh one and all will be well again.
E-liquid Tastes Like Plastic?
Again, this is usually down to your coils. If your coils aren’t properly soaked in your e-liquid, or have since dried out, you’ll get e-liquid that tastes like plastic or has a bad burnt taste. So if your vape tastes like plastic, time for a coil change!
E-liquid Tastes Like Chemicals?
This one is more than likely the e-liquid itself. Badly made e-liquid tastes like chemicals rather than the flavours they’re supposed to taste like. Simply throw it out and replace it with a more reputable vape juice manufacturer.
E-liquid Tastes Like Soap?
Okay, if we assume that you haven’t recently cleaned your e-cigarette device with soap and accidentally left some residual suds in the device, this can be a couple of things.
E-liquid can taste like soap if you were a heavy smoker. Heavy smokers have damaged taste buds and therefore struggle to identify the more subtle flavours. We would recommend using a strong mint/menthol flavour until your taste buds have time to recover.
If you weren’t a heavy smoker then you might need to let your e-liquid ‘steep’ for a few hours so the flavour has time to settle. This is especially important if you’re adding your own nicotine. If your e-liquid tastes like soap, try shaking it up vigorously and leave it to settle for an hour or two.
If none of the above works and your e-liquid still tastes like soap after steeping it, cleaning your device, and changing your coil… Throw it in the bin and buy a new e-liquid with more positive reviews!
E liquid Too Strong or Too Sweet?
If you find your e-liquid is too sweet, then it’s probably just too sweet for your individual taste. If your e-liquid is too strong (not counting nicotine strength) then you simply need to try the market for another more subtle flavour profile.
Vapoholic’s range of e-liquids are available at 10ml nicotine free sample bottles for only £0.99. Try adding a few samples to your next order and see if you can find your next favourite flavour!
For more commonly asked questions regarding your e-liquids, be sure to check out our e-liquid Guide for everything you could need to know.