Are all these "girl attractant" deoderants, and sprays (like Ax), the ultimate myth?

Bignuf Bignuf
People pay big money for this stuff. If it smells, and feels nice, great. But do people really believe the hype? Do guys really believe the myth that woman are going to "swoon" over them if they are wearing this stuff?

What do you think?
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Chilipepper Chilipepper
I thought Axe was a biological weapon marketed as body spray?
01/18/2013
deltalima deltalima
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Originally posted by Bignuf
People pay big money for this stuff. If it smells, and feels nice, great. But do people really believe the hype? Do guys really believe the myth that woman are going to "swoon" over them if they are wearing this stuff?

What do you think?
I think they are in the scientific sense. Nothing unattractive about smelling nice but it won't make a relationship.
01/18/2013
KayYJelly KayYJelly
I've never really gotten the urge to swoon over guys who wear stuff like Axe or Old Spice. It smells nice, but so does Yankee Candle, and the latter is probably far less douche-y about it.

That being said, I do LOVE when my boyfriend smells good. There's already that initial attraction there and I don't care if he wears Axe or not, it just makes cuddling a bit nicer.
01/20/2013
wrecklesswords wrecklesswords
My girlfriend uses Axe body wash and holy hell, I usually can't stop smelling her. It turns me on, most definitely. I don't think it's a sexual attractant to everyone and definitely not every scent is attractive to me. However, there are times after smelling it on my girlfriend that I want to jump her bones while she's still bathing in it.
01/20/2013
MrWill MrWill
If wearing the smell increases confidence, and confidence leads to being considered more attractive.... then yes, they work
01/20/2013
FlashFuchsia FlashFuchsia
I think many (but not most) men DO think Axe will make themselves more attractive, especially the "pheromone infused" ones. I just like a guy that smells good, whether it be cologne, a nice body spray, or just someone who showers daily. I think some Axe scents smell good, but most are really gross when used in excess.
01/20/2013
RavenInChains RavenInChains
I'd rather a man wear a good cologne than Axe or something like it. Its overpowering and I can't stand the way it smells. Smelling nice will always be a plus but it isn't necessarily a turn on.
01/22/2013
fizzygato fizzygato
I use Axe deodorant, shower gel, and shampoo.

Sometimes the spray.

I feel like I've gotten more attention since, but that may also have to do with having better looks and more confidence now. I don't wear it as the ultimate smell-good thing, but partly out of pressure to seem masculine and I don't think it smells bad either
01/27/2013
RonLee RonLee
I don't think it's significantly different from the perfume that women wear. I've been asked if I'm turned on by one perfume or another by several Ex's. To be honest, I have yet to smell a woman's perfume that I actually like. With most it's a struggle for me to pretend to tolerate it.
At a previous employer, one woman who occupied a cube next to mine seemed to think that her perfume was "sexy". I told her that it gave me a headache and to please not use so much of it. She was nearly indignant... LOL!

For myself I use the perfume free deodorant antiperspirant and only occasionally a cologne that I do like but I asked my GF if she found it acceptable before I bought it.
01/27/2013
SumFun75 SumFun75
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
People pay big money for this stuff. If it smells, and feels nice, great. But do people really believe the hype? Do guys really believe the myth that woman are going to "swoon" over them if they are wearing this stuff?

What do you think?
nope
02/03/2013
anonkitty anonkitty
I almost feel like it's a placebo effect. Commercials show girls loving the stuff. Guy believes that girls like the smell, therefore he acts more confident. Now girls are attracted to him, but it's his new found confidence that's attracting people, not the smell.

Personally, I really dislike colognes and most artificial scents. Even in moderation, they give me headaches and make me sneeze.
02/15/2013
GONE! GONE!
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Originally posted by Chilipepper
I thought Axe was a biological weapon marketed as body spray?
Pretty much. Every girl I know hates the smell of it.
02/16/2013
TJtheMadHatter TJtheMadHatter
My husband wears Old Spice deodorant and varies between Old Spice and Axe body wash. I love it. He smells so good. I tend to pick it out, when I'm doing the shopping.
02/20/2013
LikeSunshineDust LikeSunshineDust
I'd have to agree with Chilipepper on this one - biological weapons. Most of them are full of toxic chemicals and are terrible things to put on your body. Most the AXE products smell like crap anyway. The commercials should have women gagging and barfing rather than swooning.

The Environmental Working Group has a wonderful database of the safety of products and ingredients: link
02/20/2013
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
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Originally posted by LikeSunshineDust
I'd have to agree with Chilipepper on this one - biological weapons. Most of them are full of toxic chemicals and are terrible things to put on your body. Most the AXE products smell like crap anyway. The commercials should have women gagging and ... More
*high five!* Gagging and barfing, haha! So true!

I've yet to come across a cologne that I think actually smells good. So far they've all smelled pretty similar: too strong and nothing very pleasant about them. I dislike Axe in particular because my brother used it all the time before he moved out - if I took my shower too soon after his, I could still smell the stuff in the air. Ugh!
03/06/2013
Chilipepper Chilipepper
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Originally posted by Rin (aka Nire)
*high five!* Gagging and barfing, haha! So true!

I've yet to come across a cologne that I think actually smells good. So far they've all smelled pretty similar: too strong and nothing very pleasant about them. I dislike Axe in ... More
Yeah, it's especially difficult to be attracted to someone who smells like your brother. (Your brother marinates in the stuff like mine does? My sympathies.)
03/06/2013
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
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Originally posted by Chilipepper
Yeah, it's especially difficult to be attracted to someone who smells like your brother. (Your brother marinates in the stuff like mine does? My sympathies.)
I don't know if he still uses it, or at least if he uses it as much as he used to. He once told me that his girlfriend (now wife) really liked it. Much as I like her, there's times when I question her taste.
03/06/2013
socceras socceras
It's just a marketing thing. I mean it smells good but I won't go crazy over it.
03/06/2013
Virgingasms Virgingasms
I don't like Ax, but that's probably because those ads started when I was in school and all the boys took them to heart. It smelled like they bathed in the stuff, ugh.
03/25/2013
raffi raffi
i don't like the cheap drug store shelf sprays ... they do nothing for me, the smell is too strong and not even a good smell. i like a long lasting, modest, cologne. the kind that draws you in: chanel bleu, gucci pour homme ii, dg blue ... that's what i like
03/25/2013
ChaoticNight ChaoticNight
Heh I hope most guys are more level headed than to take those commercials seriously! Personally I find them cheesy (as well as the Old Spice Ones) and I roll my eyes a bit if I notice one of my male friends has something of Axe Brand in their room, because I wonder if they do believe the hype.
If it smells nice that's fine but you don't buy it BECAUSE of the commercials. But those companies should rethink their marketing strategy in my opinion.

But I agree the only way it 'works' is like any body product is supposed to work. It smells nice (to those who think so) so it may make your girl cuddle up to you more or make an admirer more interested, and think more positively of you, but that's it. It's not magic or anything.

Personally, I like a guy in just basic deodorant. I don't want their natural scent masked too much. Plus, with body sprays at least it's easy to put on too much.
03/27/2013
ChaoticNight ChaoticNight
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Originally posted by Virgingasms
I don't like Ax, but that's probably because those ads started when I was in school and all the boys took them to heart. It smelled like they bathed in the stuff, ugh.
Yeah, a lot of guys over do that stuff. They are strong scents.
03/27/2013
kaylajoy89 kaylajoy89
the human brain does not detect pheromones. our smell receptors are not sensitive enough. it's a lie.
04/09/2013
Rin (aka Nire) Rin (aka Nire)
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Originally posted by kaylajoy89
the human brain does not detect pheromones. our smell receptors are not sensitive enough. it's a lie.
The jury's still out on it, from what I understand. It's been a while since I've researched the topic, but apparently there have been studies that suggested pheromones do play a role in human life. How strong that role is is still up for debate, it could very well be quite minor (and I honestly think that a lot of pheromone products are a complete crock).
04/12/2013
Adnerbmw Adnerbmw
I have had a man walk by that smelled good and ive turned to sniff the air and look to see who it was that smelled good and i will even ask them what they are wearing but i have never lunged at a guy an grabbed on and stroked his hair cause it smelled good or attached myself to him cause he was clean and good smelling. And ive enver once smelled Axe and thought oh yeah that smells good, to me it smells like bad puberty haha. I think its great for younger generations, but not for a grown man trying to be taken seriously.
04/12/2013
Rossie Rossie
While I was waiting at the deli counter in Safeway's yesterday, two guys walked up and waited for their turn, the scent wafting from one of them was so overpowering, I had to cover my poor nose...go figure!
04/12/2013
TransMarc TransMarc
Quote:
Originally posted by Chilipepper
I thought Axe was a biological weapon marketed as body spray?
This would explain my reactions to it. Plus it smells bad
04/12/2013
charmedtomeetyou charmedtomeetyou
I like a man wearing a nice cologne....but not a crazy strong smell or the Axe products...
04/12/2013
Woman China Woman China
Quote:
Originally posted by Rossie
While I was waiting at the deli counter in Safeway's yesterday, two guys walked up and waited for their turn, the scent wafting from one of them was so overpowering, I had to cover my poor nose...go figure!
That brings up a good point Rossie Lady...

Products are only supposed to be one or to squirts, not something a person bathes in.

No matter how nice a product smells, there is no way in hell I walk near a person who seems to bath and wash their clothes in it.
04/12/2013
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