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Product Review.. AXE shower gels and shampoo

It all started with the post Old Firemen and Dirty Balls. Apparently, AXE was watching. They not only contacted me, they also wanted to send some product for us to use at the station! Cool huh? I explained that this site is not connected to the station nor my Department and that it is against our policy to accept gifts. However, I explained;  if they sent the product to me personally (as the Owner / Author of this site) then I could not only accept it, I would assure it was used at the station and conduct a “review” of their product.

I cautioned them that any review from a firefighter or firefighters would most likely be brutally honest … no guarantees on which way the review may go. That said, it would also be me writing the review … I assumed they had read my work and knew it would most certainly have my “spin” or sick sense of  firehouse humor attached. I don’t know why but, they sent it anyway…. Find that story here … Naked Firemen? An Early Christmas Results In Nudity At The Ironfiremen Headquarters.

They held up their end … and I mine. Every bottle of AXE made it’s way to the station our next day back….

We’ve used it everyday. Fast / slow … busy or not. Then, we got the ultimate test.  We had one of those “working fires” last day where the smell of smoke gets “baked” into you pretty good. You know… a hot and smoky fire that usually takes 3 or 4 days to wash out of ya.

Well, the reviews are in and they’re good….. WE LOVE IT!      Here’s what we like…

The Bottles.        They are firefighter friendly. They are made of some kinda durable plastic (I guess) and they won’t break. Trust me. I tried dropping a full bottle multiple times and couldn’t get it to break or even crack ( NOTE: I said  firefighter “friendly”… not “PROOF”..LOL). 

The Shower Gels have easy to use “flip tops” while the shampoo’s “push button” tops open just as easily

The Shower Gels have a formed or “shaped” bottle that fits your hand nicely. They are easy to grab and to hold on to…no slip.

That also makes it nice for those of us who don’t have those fancy shower “hangie” shelf thingies. You can lay the bottle on the soap rack and it won’t slip or fall off….

The product.  It’s thick…. you know you have something in your palm and it wont run out before you get it to where you want to put it (shampoo, Scrub or Gel).  It makes good lather.  Again, you know you are washing with “soap” … it’s not like you’re washing with plain ol water or some kind of lotion.  It almost has a sort of “granular” feel until you apply it to your body. I don’t know how or where it goes but that “granular” consistency disappears at application … it goes on and lathers up smooth. It also leaves you with a “tingling” … kinda “fresh” sensation after rinsing (quit laughing… I’m serious!). You feel CLEAN after you use it.

The smell.  We had a lot of variety to choose from, each with it’s own distinct fragrance. I’m not sure I ever really knew what “red dragonfruit”, “Cactus oil” or “Glacier water” actually smells like but, if AXE came anywhere close to the real thing;  it’s pretty nice. I’ll also say that it done a VERY nice job on the “smoke smell” after our fire last day. I have always had trouble finding a soap that will knock the smell out. Some will mask it for a while but usually, the odor returns within a few hours. AXE didn’t totally get rid of the smell (I think it gets deep in our pores and works back out through perspiration etc) but it did take care of it longer than any other brand I have used. I woke up this morning with a slight hint of the smell of smoke so I’d say it lasted about 20 hours (I purposely did not shower before bed last night to see how long the AXE scent would last).

Our Favorites.   Personally, I like plain ol original AXE. They didn’t send that. From what they did send, my favorites were the AXE FEVER  (Brazilian Hot Mud and Red DragonfruitExtract and AXE SNAKE PEEL (Desert Minerals and Cactus Oil). Boots likes “mint”. His favorites were AXE SHOCK (Glacier Water + Deep Sea Mint + Menthol) and the AXE DOWNPOUR Shampoo.

What I didn’t like.   Too many choices. Firefighters are “simple”….. too many options can and will confuse us. The “original” AXE smells and works GREAT. If it ain’t broke … don’t fix it.   I’m not sure about the bottle size…. they are 12 oz. bottles. I’m thinking that maybe a little smaller or “travel” size bottle may be more firefighter friendly (most of us use shower “bags”, “kits” or travel cases for transfers between companies etc) plus a smaller bottle may fit better in our lockers (but I’m not sure).

Conclusion.   BUY SOME!  It really works and, with all the variety they offer; AXE will have a product to suit your taste in fragrance.  The real shame here is that the Company doesn’t even know the full potential of their product .. but we have figured it out.  They’ve been hung up on the “ball cleaning” thing. Come to find out, AXE will clean Firefighters, their “balls”  AND their “Tools”

Until next time, Stay safe and in house!

Captain Wines

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  • Leatherheadff

    I hope Axe understands just how many Firemen will buy more of their products based on three simple things; your endorsement, a Maltese cross on the label and a donation to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. I frequently “talk up” any company that supports them (NFFF). I’ve always liked their products, and found the original Axe worked great in getting that oh so glorious smoke smell off my body and out of my hair after my last burn. Now if only they made laundry detergent!

    • http://ironfiremen.com Iron Firemen

      Hey Brother! Thanks for reading and for taking the time to post a comment. Axe has been a GREAT company to talk to and work with. I think they are beginning to see just how big of a “market” Public Safety (Fire, EMS and Police) can be for their product. I expect to see a lot more from them in the future. Keep using it and hang in there … I’ll keep ya updated. Thanks again. Captain Wines

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  • Firefighter Sonny O’Connor

    I dunno if the “noke” has them but our local “hell” mart (wal mart) has the travel kits there. I didn’t get up close to see them but just mentioned to my wife about your blog and then we saw the travel kits on my weekly penance (trip to wal mart..aka suffer fest). Maybe the guys and gals at AXE can hook you up with some of those.

    STAY SAFE
    sonny

    • http://ironfiremen.com Iron Firemen

      Cool !! Thanks for letting me know brother. I was just thinking how most guys keep their shower “stuff” in a little basket, shave kit etc. Maybe a smaller bottle would suit some guys better as far as storage goes. It may also make it easier for when you are detailed out to another house and have to take your stuff with ya. Thanks for reading and for taking the time to comment. Captain Wines

  • http://www.report-on-conditions.blogspot.com Joseph Schmoe

    But, did you guys notice an increase in the quantity or quality of action that you pulled after trying their product? I’m just askin’ because it does seem to be part of their marketing strategy.

    • http://ironfiremen.com Iron Firemen

      I’ve always had to “beat em off me with a stick” Capt. so I’m not real sure I’d notice an increase. LMAO Good to hear from ya BROTHER! Enjoy that Christmas vacation.

  • Celayne

    Ummm, Handsome and smells good! I think I’ll set my trash can on fire. Capt. heeelllllpppp!

  • todd

    Capt. dont forget that AXE is the Offical Soap of the Roanoke Rampage Fire and Police football team Hint hint lol!!!!!!

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