Fresher breath is only one gargle (and eight glasses of water) away!
I get it. You’re a seasoned vaper, blowing mad jellyfish and chasing flavors. You’ve polished off that 10 mL bottle of e-liquid you bought on the weekend and it’s only Wednesday. And then – boom! It hits you. Vaper’s tongue. The bane of all vapers, second only to dry hits. All of a sudden, that delicious juice you’ve been vaping just tastes… bland. Where did the flavor go?
Fuggin Vapor has released what they hope will be the cure-all for that pesky vaper’s tongue. Vawesome is an “anti-septic mouthwash with whitening for vapers”. On the label, it’s marketed as a palate cleanser, breath freshener and germ killer, and lists a variety of citrus fruits plus fresh mint as the flavorings. Let’s gargle Vawesome and see what happens, shall we?
Disclaimer: We received Vawesome Mouthwash from Fuggin’ Vapor for the purpose of this review.
Do not attempt to vape Vawesome. If you accidentally swallow Vawesome, seek professional assistance or contact a poison control center immediately.
PRODUCT Specs and Features
- Vawesome bottle: 13.5 Fl. Oz / 400 mL
Ingredients: (I’m typing out this list because I can’t find it listed anywhere online)
- Glycerin USP (essentially the same as your VG)
- Ethanol (alcohol)
- Propylene Glycol USP (food grade PG)
- Menthol USP (mint-like flavor/cooling properties/relieves minor throat irritation)
- Sodium Benzoate (aka E211/food preservative)
- Polysorbate 80 (emulsifier or binding agent)
- Citric Acid (occurs naturally in citrus fruits/flavoring agent)
- Cetylpyridinium Chloride (antiseptic commonly used in mouthwashes and toothpaste)
- Sodium Saccharin (artificial sweetener used in foods and toothpaste)
- FD&C Yellow No.5 (aka E102/synthetic food coloring)
- FD&C Red 33 (colorant)
Breaking the seal
First of all, for an antiseptic mouthwash, I’m surprised to see that the bottles we received came without the obligatory, no-brainer freshness sealing. How am I supposed to take a mouthwash seriously when there’s nothing to protect against tampering, or leakage? Then there’s the ingredients that are strangely written twice on the back label..
About the ingredients: Vawesome includes sodium benzoate, which the FDA recognizes as safe, so long as it doesn’t exceed 0.1% in food. There’s no way of knowing what percentages Fuggin are working with. What’s possibly more troubling is the concern that when combined with citric or ascorbic acid the compounds together create the carcinogen benzene. This has been of such concern to soda manufacturers, that in 2008 Coca Cola announced it would phase out sodium benzoate in many of its beverages. Furthermore, a Belgian study found that plastic packaging may play a role in the formation of benzene in soft drinks. Vawesome comes… in a plastic bottle.
Obviously, you’re not going to drink this stuff. Or vape it, hopefully. But it’s worth knowing what you’re putting in your mouth before you swirl it around.
Rinse and repeat
I followed the instructions, filled up 2/3 of the lid with Vawesome, swished it around and gargled for about 30 seconds.
The first notes are a distinctly sharp citrus note, followed on with a cooling minty sensation. Before long my mouth was feeling pretty numb. It must be the ethanol that created that burning sensation, and before long my mouth felt pretty blitzed. KO’ed. Dare I say – sterile?
The instructions also advise to wait 30 minutes for a “clear pallete[sic]” which makes sense, because everything tastes like mouthwash for a while. One more tip on the packaging states that “in addition to regular use of Vawesome, it is recommended to drink 8 cups of water per day”. I think that’s a life hack for everyone, not just vapers. I will be hitting the water straight away, because although my mouth tastes fresher than napalm in the morning, I am experiencing a bit of dryness. That’s ethanol for you.
After a break, I got back to vaping.
I couldn’t tell any real difference from this or any other alcohol-based mouthwash.
- Tastes decent
- No tamper-proof seal
- Drys mouth – which is antithetical to curing vaper’s tongue
- Sodium benzoate + citric acid concerns
- Coloring – why is this necessary for mouthwash in an opaque plastic bottle?
- Extremely gimmicky
Like it or not, vaper’s tongue happens to all of us at some point. There are many different ideas for how to cure it – sniffing coffee grounds, vaping flavorless VG e-liquid, drinking more water, or simply taking a break from vaping for a day or so. It was only a matter of time before someone came up with the idea of a mouthwash for vapers.
This may work for you. For me, Vawesome felt like a marked-up mouthwash marketed towards a niche community. It’s more expensive than standard mouthwashes out there, and the packaging (as well as issues with some ingredients) left me skeptical that Fuggin has done the necessary homework here.
I can’t recommend this. If you are experiencing vaper’s tongue and are looking for a mouthwash, try Biotene or whatever you have under your sink for mouthwash. Of course, you could always just drink more water too.
What is your remedy for vaper’s tongue? Would you use a mouthwash for vapers? Share your thoughts in the comments.