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Axe Deodorant Stick, Dark Temptation 3 oz (Pack of 6)
Scent Name: TemptationSize: 3 Ounce (Pack of 6)Change
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on September 14, 2011
My Review is "Now Even Better"

This was once a 5-star product, now it is garbage. Axe decided to take a perfect product (in my opinion) and reformulate it to smell like a bad stick of Old Spice and slap a "Now Even Better" label on it. Whomever was in charge of this decision must have been living in a sewer because that's about the only thing the new formula smells better than. I thought maybe I was just so used to the original formula that I wasn't willing to accept change, so I did my own test. One swipe of the old on my left forearm, the "Now Even Better" on my right. I asked 8 girls and 2 guys which arm smelled better. 9/10 chose the left... and for the kicker, the 1/10 did not choose the right arm, she said, "I can't smell anything right now, I have allergies." So of those who could smell, 100 PERCENT CHOSE THE OLD FORMULA.

Who the heck is doing your research, Axe? HUGE fail. My awesome girlfriend managed to find a few sticks of the pre-updated formula, but once I'm done with those, I'm going to have to find a new scent. I assure you, unless they find a way to redeem themselves, it will not be an Axe product.

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Original Review:

Two swipes under each pit and a strait line down the center of the inside of my shirt is my version of "double pits to chesty". It's my fail-safe secret to smelling amazing. I can't tell you how many times I have been cuddled up with a girl or in the middle of a simple "hello" hug with a female friend only to find her head buried in my chest sniffing me like a dog in heat. The most frequent compliment I receive is, "You smell so good!" and the most common question I'm asked is, "What cologne are you wearing?" Both of which are usually prefaced with an exclamatory remark like, "Oh my god!"

The reason this stuff works so well for me (and you'll have to take the following into consideration, as I'm sure this product won't be right for everyone) is because I don't sweat much and I usually shower twice a day. As a result of my hygienic habits, I don't produce a lot of body odor, if any noticeable amount at all. I love Phoenix because it is not overpowering when applied as directed above, and it is only detected at close proximity (which prompts the ladies to want to move in even closer for a better whiff). I can't claim that this will reduce perspiration nor mask body odor if you are a human rain machine with a stink that can make a skunk wince, but I can state that unlike the Axe Dry version, this product does not contain harmful chemicals like aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex glycene, a known neurotoxin found in most antiperspirants. All of the ingredients in this "Fresh" version of Phoenix are safe (this coming from a chemist and wellness buff), so I have no health-related qualms with slathering this on daily. I also think its somewhat sweeter scent is far superior to Axe Dry.

What it comes down to is this - the Axe effect is no joke, nor is it something that only 15-year-old boys are sporting. I'm not only turning 30 this year, but the heads of every woman in Los Angeles who gets close enough to me to pick up on my secret signature scent. I've probably spent thousands over the years on high-end colognes, only to get mixed reviews and allergic reactions. However, $4 and a quick trip to any local supermarket results in unanimous praise and a lot of face-to-chest loving.

If you're a guy with good hygiene who doesn't sweat much, Axe Fresh Phoenix will be your perfect partner in crime.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on August 30, 2013
I didn't get the deodorant that was advertised in the picture. I got the "now even better" version that I was trying to avoid. I like the old Phoenix Axe and that is what the picture advertised. I got the wrong deodorant
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
If you are allergic to chemicals used in antiperspirants, you should buy some Axe deodorant sticks. Plain Axe deodorants are getting harder and harder to find, because Axe is now pushing antiperspirants. In fact, I cannot find Axe deodorant at any price in any stores, and must now buy it online. Those of us sensitive to antiperspirant chemicals need to send Axe a message that there are still a lot of people who cannot tolerate antiperspirants, and want the qualities Axe deodorants offer. Buying up Axe deodorants is the most effective way to send this message.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2014
I have used Axe Phoenix forever - literally, I have NOT used anything else other than Axe Phoenix since I started using deodorant. It's always worked perfectly for me. When I purchased this twin pack, I was expecting more of the same. The first sign that something might be wrong is the color. The old formulation used to be white, and the "now even better" version I got is blue. It still spreads on clear, so no biggie. The next thing I noticed was the fragrance. The new formulation is definitely different - it's not crazily dramatic, but the difference is definitely noticeable. The new version smells closer to what my dad might wear. Not horrible by any means, but if I had a choice I'd go with the old fragrance 100% of the time. Obviously, this is subjective. I think over time I'd get used to the change in fragrance - not a deal breaker per se.

So why the one-star rating, you ask?

Well, the new formulation causes my skin to itch and break out in rash. I have NEVER encountered any problem with the old formulation. It took me about two weeks before the first rash started breaking out. At first, I thought it was some other unknown allergen. I didn't make the connection to the new Axe until a couple weeks later when I had to go on a trip and I forgot to pack it. My armpit stopped itching, and the redness and bumps subsided almost immediately within 24 hours. Since then, I've done many tests to verify. The itching and redness returns within an hour of putting it on my skin.

Unless Axe brings back the old formulation, I am afraid I am going to have to switch to a different brand from now on. Come on Axe... just bring it back as a "classic" a la Coke Classic!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2011
It's not an antiperspirant... and that's a good thing in my mind. No sticky residue, a nice odor that doesn't overpower, glides on easily... my go-to deodorant these days. Because it's just a deodorant, it won't block or irritate your skin (the Axe antiperspirant does for me). But does seem to repel sweat a bit, not just cover up the odor (don't ask me how - I just use the stuff).
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2013
Bought this from seller expecting the great smelling women loving product it was.

Got a product that smells reminiscent of the original product but the smell was mixed with mildew and mold. Found out after rushing out the door and putting on only to wonder what the horrible smell was coming from.

After getting home I immediately looked at the old and new product and smelled them both...How can the same product with the same label smell heavenly in one hand and bottom of the barrel pond scum in the other I wondered.

Seller never mentioned that product is different from original. Even the Label is different upon closer inspection.

Don't buy unless the formula is correct. It smells terrible. I am embarrassed to even have it on my body smelling the way it does.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2014
I agree with other posts about the formula change. I am not sure why it was changed but the new formula is not good.
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We are so sorry to learn your expectations were not met. So that we may assist you further, please feel free to contact us at consumer.services@unilever.com or 800-671-6025. Please refer to case #12253004 upon contacting us. Thank you.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2014
The company that makes this changed their recipe. Why would you change the best deodorant ever into something that smells completely different? Were they not making profit on this deodorant? I noticed that he old recipe was always sold out in stores, so people really liked how it smelled. I really hope they change back to the old recipe and leave it alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 27, 2014
Used to be my favorite deodorant for years. They changed the formula or something. Tried others, same thing. The entire line barely has any smell, and the little it does, smells nothing like it used to which was much stronger and "manly".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2013
This is my daily deodorant. My previous was the Cool Spice scent from Speedstick. Frankly, you're best off going to your local grocery/drug store to let your nose decide if Dark Temptation is for you. But I'll try and fill in the blanks for you.

The scent is a mix of mahogany, leather, spice, and yes, dark chocolate. Well, perhaps it's mostly just that sort of deodorant-spice, but those finer things do come to mind, elementally. It's more or less inspired by great cologne (though that doesn't make it a substitute, of course).

It wears well. None of that caustic locker room nonsense. It matches your natural scent well and is unobtrusively fresh. If I sweat hard with it, it frankly blends well with my natural body odor. I couldn't say this about the exotic Old Spice scents, for example. Those didn't do their job for me and left me feeling dirty, as though I needed a 2nd application. Axe's product is solid.

Axe has other worthwhile scents to keep things interesting, but Dark Temptation is and will be my bread and butter for quite some time.
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