At the Fragrance Guide, we try covering all possible perfumes and fragrances out there, and that includes an old favourite called Axe. It was launched in 1983, after the success of their Impulse line for sprays for women. And after that, the brand introduced new varieties for men and in 2012, started the Axe range for women with the release of Anarchy for Her.
Best Axe Scent
The Black spray from Axe is a Woody-Aromatic type of fragrance for men. It was launched back in 2015 and the composition profile is work of Ann Gottlieb. Gottlieb is known for Calvin Klein’s CK One, Eternity and Obsession, the Bath and Body Works fragrance series and Estee Lauder.
Gottlieb created a unique scent profile for Axe Black with top notes consisting of watermelon, pear, mandarin orange and bergamot. The middle notes comprise of freesia and cardamom, while the base notes are masculine as ever with musk, patchouli and cedar.
moderate sillage and longevity, affordable scent, a break from the heady Axe colognes
designed for use for all, no uniqueness in smells, pretty average and safe option
The thing about Gottlieb is that she was very good at making fragrances that were unique and classic, and one can see that in kind of success that many of the Estee Lauder and Calvin Klein perfumes have had, and are still in demand today. With Axe Black, it is a different story –Axe isn’t exactly your niche fragrance and is sold anywhere you look, so Gottlieb had to make a scent that was safe but still different in its own right.
So it smells nice and inoffensive, and it reminded us a bit of the Bottled Night fragrance by Boss. So Bottled Night is a lot less synthetic; and is woody, soapy and fresh and is obviously more refined. Axe Black comes down a notch, and if you were looking for a Bottled Night clone check this one out. One idea did come to our mind is that you can use Axe Black to strengthen the life of your Bottled Night EDP.
Axe Black is fresh, manly, generic and decent; is packed into a pretty cool black glass bottle but the scent really doesn’t perform. It has this old school, metallic, and 90’s vibe to it. Some users have pointed out how its a lot like the Temptations spray. We’d agree with this outlook too, only Axe Black is a lot less toned down, less creamy vanilla version of it though. The longevity is OK and this is better suited to the gym, with many people preferring the Temptations, Apollo or the Anarchy sprays over it.
Anarchy For Her is one of the first offerings for women from Axe and was released back in 2012. It is still popular today, as its a more affordable Oriental fragrance option. It is supposed to be strong and long-lasting and is composed of ingredients best known for their scents like sandalwood, fruity notes, floral notes, amber and vanilla.
good regular use floral sprays for women, exceptional versatility, affordable, can layer but doesn’t interfere with or overpower EDPs
expectedly generic, better for summers, poor longevity, alcoholic dry down
With Anarchy For Her, we immediately got this pear glace of Victoria’s Secret perfumes. Still, we have to say that we love this scent as it is affordable and takes us back to the ’90s and early 2000s. The scent profile is sweet and feminine but still has a grungy edge to it. Most of our reviewers here say that it is very similar to Ed Hardy EDPs and colognes.
The first sprays are heavy, floral and syrupy when it’s fruit after these top notes, which are when it smells more like the Natural Vitality from Adidas or Clinique’s Happy. So it really does have a certain character to it and that’s probably why it is still popular.
This scent profile makes it better for summertime, but the only problem is that there’s not much longevity and does tend to get a bit of an alcohol-like smell after some time. It’s young, girly and great to gift your daughter, for use in college, schools etc.
Signature Intense by Axe is a Woody- Oriental fragrance that was released in 2014 and was also designed by Ann Gottlieb. The top notes are green, middle notes are distinctly Tahitian Vanilla and hazelnut and smooth, woody base notes of tonka bean.
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affordable, good fragrance, moderate sillage and longevity
strong and heavy performance, better for winters
Axe Signature Intense is the good budget purchase with a great smell. Some people have said that it is too sweet, almost like a Nutella sandwich! We thought so too, that it was too sweet for a man’s perfume but this gives it good longevity and projection. Axe has done a pretty good here and is worth it if you like dark chocolate perfumes.
Going by the name, the Axe Gold Temptations is an Oriental Fougere fragrance for men and was released in 2014. It starts out on notes like basil, bergamot and pear and then develops this spicy ginger, pepper, cardamom and coriander middle note overlay. Base notes, as with all Axe scents, comprises of suede, amber, vanilla, chocolate, musk, cedar and remains heavy and strong throughout.
smells more like a perfume than a spray, layers most musk-sweet perfumes wonderfully, better performance
lighter projection and longevity
Gold Temptation is probably one of the few scents that Axe has that comes close to cologne or even an EDP. Usually one wears and Axe body spray or deodorants to complement their fragrances instead of clashing with it, and Axe Gold does that brilliantly. It might work with something like 1 Million.
For us, we felt like it was more of a mix of 1 Million and Dark Temptations. And if you remove the top notes of the Dark Temptations from it, you get what Axe Gold is all about. Remember how we suggested the Axe Signature Intense for all those who love chocolate? Well, Axe Gold if for all those who don’t like chocolate and is the complete opposite of Axe Signature Intense. The top notes are all vanilla, cacao, ginger, cardamom, pear, pepper, suede. It is also lighter and sweeter than Signature Intense.
Performance-wise, this one is lighter and less dark unlike Dark Temptation as it’s meant to be a unisex and generic fragrance. It doesn’t last for long either because of this lightness but is beautifully blended. The chocolate is very much there but it is mixed up in the background with the amber. What you do get upfront is the suede, and fruits – pear and bergamot. This is definitely a good addition to the Temptation family, and more memorable than the previous one.
Conclusion: Best Axe Scent
So there you have it, some of the Best Axe Scents that stand out from the rest and still in the market today, over ten years later. We chose these four as they are popular, have great fragrances and aren’t your average deodorant sprays