Who doesn't like the Axe commercials? They're fun, clever and make me want to go buy the product. But, naturally, I won't. Sure, AXE deodorant is inexpensive, but there's a reason why. And after checking out one of their more popular deodorants
(there are eight different "flavors"), I can assure you you probably won't either.
The active ingredient in AXE Twist Deodorant is aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex GLY (about 20 percent). First of all, aluminum
is not the best thing to put in your under arms. I've said this before. It's a potentially toxic chemical (not natural or safe for the body, btw, due to its high chemical reactivity) that is used in deodorant to prevent sweating. There are safer alternatives, considering you would be applying this chemical onto open pores. Yikes.
Moving on, the other ingredients aren't much to brag about. Cyclopentasiloxane
is a silicon-based compound linked to environmental toxicity. The other handful (other than fragrance
and mainly emollients) aren't super toxic but reason enough to raise eyebrows, especially knowing where they are going. (For the record, this is pretty much the same ingredients line-up for Degree deodorant).
I tried it. Too sticky. It also had that "man" scent that's kind of disgusting. I literally declined a date once because he was wearing Axe Deodorant stick and the scent was way too overwhelming (well, it was one reason not to hang out with him). Who doesn't love someone's natural scent? Or just a simple, subtle scent with essential oils? AXE Twist Deodorant Stick is best left on the shelf.
Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex GLY(17.8%)
Cyclopentasiloxane, PPG-14 Butyl Ether, Stearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-8 Distearate, Talc, Fragrance (Parfum), BHT