Old Spice vs Axe: Battle of the Scents

Old Spice vs Axe: Battle of the Scents
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Man, my teenage years: locker rooms over-sprayed with Axe to some ridiculous levels. Usually an Apollo or Kilo.

And then a few years later – me discovering Old Spice, with its hilarious commercials and macho persona of Isaiah Mustafa.

We all know these two are battling things out in the marketing field. However, which is actually better – Old Spice or Axe? We take a look at Old Spice vs Axe to help answer that question.

After using both in the past – and still a fan of Axe body washes, my verdict of Old Spice vs Axe is:

…even though I’m still a proud Dark Temptation user.

Old Spice vs Axe

In Old Spice vs Axe, deodorants are a tie.

Both brands moved some of their body spray scents to stick deodorants.

Believe it or not, Axe is better if you want a more stylish fragrance. Their Phoenix (some reviews) is amazing – with a classic, slightly fruity fragrance with citrus, geraniums and lavender. It’s a scent that has nothing to do with the typical Axe over-the-top smell.

Old Spice is better at deodorants for high-intensity activities. The Pure Stop stick deodorant steamrolls over other comparable products. Fresh scent for the active man and improved sweat protection if you go with their invisible antiperspirant.

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The thing is, lots of people still think of both brands purely in terms of body sprays. This rings especially true for Axe, even though their product strategy has changed a lot.

Let’s see how.

Old Spice vs Axe – Body Spray Comparison

Let’s face it – body sprays are a dying product. Most brands, Axe and Old Spice included, have heavily branched out to deodorant sticks and body washes.

Of course, they still keep some variety in their sprays with variety packs like this Axe one.

There’s one very important reason why I recommended Old Spice here:

It’s not that overpowering.

Old Spice vs Axe

This is the biggest problem with Axe sprays, they’re too strong and too stinky in most cases. Even if the base is good, they’re too chemical and punch you in the nose.

(Aside from the Dark Temptation I like, of course.)

Some people say that while Axe is too juvenile, Old Spice is some ‘grandpa stink’. Absolutely not, or they haven’t been checking out Old Spice sprays over the past few years.

Old Spice sprays are more toned down. Their Wolfthorn body spray smells fresh, keeps you fresh and is actually a good scent if you need a casual daily body spray.

It’s my substitute and whenever I know I need to be more…moderate in how I smell, I get it out of the wardrobe and onto my body. In moderation, of course 🙂

Old Spice vs Axe Deodorants

As I mentioned, the rule of thumb is:

  • Old Spice for sportier, high-intensity deodorants
  • Axe for more extravagant or social occasions

Hitting the gym or going for a run?

Both Old Spice BearGlove or PureSport will keep you minty and help with what I call the armpit stank.

Hanging out with friends, a date, or heading for a night club?

Axe’s Dark Temptation will do wonders – a slightly sweet blend of hot chocolate, red peppercorn and amber is nothing to scoff at. While some Axe sticks are tacky in terms of quality/smell, Dark Temptation has always been a staple choice…

…unlike its advertisement which was the stuff of nightmares to me when it came out. Here it is:

Old Spice vs Axe – Body Washes

Gotta give it to Old Spice – they sure have some cool-looking (and smelling) body washes.

However, this is official Axe territory.

Sage, cedarwood and freshness – this is the story of the Apollo body wash. Cheap, lathers well, keep you invigorated and ready to tackle whatever you have to do and whoever you have to deal with.

There’s a catch, though.

For people who:

  • Have really sensitive skin
  • Want something more tropical

Old Spice’s Fiji body wash is a better alternative. It’s as if you teleported yourself into the pacific and all you need to do is plop yourself on a chair and sip a cocktail for a day well spent.

If you prefer something more classic, Wolfthorn also makes for a great choice. Even now I have one as a spare bottle at home:

Old Spice vs Axe

Unlike the body spray audience targeting, both Axe and Old Spice body washes are for everyone. They’ll smell (and feel) well on anyone from teens to fratboys to middle-aged men to older gentlemen.

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Who Manufactures Axe and Old Spice?

Axe is a part of the mega-corp Unilever. Fun fact – the brand is known as Axe in the US. However, it’s titled as Lynx in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. For some reason, it’s Lynx in China too!

The Axe brand wasn’t bought by Unilever – it’s been under their brand portfolio ever since its inception in 1983.

Old Spice was launched as a brand called Early American Old Spice. That was a long time ago, in 1937.

Fun fact: initially, the brand’s products were targeted at women.

I can’t really imagine that. ‘Old Spice’ isn’t the most attractive branding you can use for women’s body care products…

Anyways, initially Old Spice was manufactured by The Shulton Company.

Now, it’s a part of none other than another mega corp – Procter & Gamble. You can see the brand’s full history on its official site here.

So there you have it. Tooling Fun’s unofficial Old Spice vs Axe. Do you have a preference? Share it with us in the comments!


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