And to think I used to like AXE.
Jan 1, 2005 (Updated Feb 27, 2005)
Review by hyundai_fan
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Cons:Unpleasant to use, not even close to "clear", way too dry.
The Bottom Line: You may like it or hate it. I don't.
My experience with AXE products have been so-so in the past year. Starting with the body sprays, I kept breathing in the fumes no matter how hard I tried not to (so it's basically harmful.) Then I tried the AXE gel deodorant and it made Niagara Falls under my arms (making others believe I was sweating too much.) And then I tried this stuff.
Recommend this product?
The kids at school use AXE products like water, but the teachers would rather sniff glue. Either way, you may love it or you may hate it. Their claims that you will get noticed by numerous people were notably typical of a fragrance company, but something about AXE attracted me the consumer. Maybe it was the unusual use of black and silver that showed they were different from the other brands. But, like I said in a past review, AXE certainly is different, good and bad.
AXE dry deodorant comes only in a black 2.7 ounce container. Each container has some weird, though attractive logo representing a different scent; in this case green vertical lines represent KILO. Unlike other deodorant sticks, there isn't any knob you turn. You actually twist the entire base of the AXE bottle. That's good in a way because sometimes I have a hard time turning the small dials on other deodorant sticks.
Under my careful scent examination process (open cap, smell product), KILO is probably the only scent that smells good in the AXE lineup. It has a sweet yet fruity smell to it, but dare I say a little feminine. It doesn't have much strength or manliness to it. As the governor of California would put it, you'll smell like a "girly-man." At least you'll smell like something. Plus girls like it when men get in touch with their feminine side.
AXE claims that the deodorant goes on clear and stays that way for up to 24 hours. They say you'll "smell great all day or all night". The first time I put this on, however, it wasn't exactly love at first sight all day or all night. The deodorant is definitely dry, but way too dry. It feels like you're rubbing a sticky sponge or a very dull piece of sandpaper against your underarms. Even after putting it on, my underarms felt very sticky and it didn't feel good. This was totally the opposite of what AXE claimed, and I felt like taking another shower. It's sad when you put on deodorant to smell clean and instead you feel awfully dirty. Looking in front of a mirror, I didn't understand why they said "clear" either. Does "white and caked-on" sound "clear" to you? The product clumped up terribly and wasn't the best feeling I have had with deodorant. It was unpleasant and by no means felt good at all.
I endured using this for a month or so and got comments from other males at school to see how they liked AXE deodorant. Of course they loved AXE, but probably it's because it's so terrible it's actually good. The average lifespan for the dry deodorant is about a month or so, granted you put it on about once a day.
It also doesn't last long after you put it on. Because it is so light in smell (I had to put my nose on the stick to smell anything), you can barely smell it at all, so what's the use wearing it and tolerating the "AXE mountains" under your arms?
Overall I believe that AXE should go back to the drawing board. I personally think it only smells good and it is very unpleasant to use no matter how much or how little you put on. I seriously recommend Old Spice High Endurance over this stuff.
Please read my other AXE review of the Voodoo Body Spray.
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