Axe Deodorant Ingredients

Owned by Unilever, the Axe brand includes a range of men's grooming products, such as deodorant, shampoo, cologne, aftershave and shower gel. Axe deodorants are made with different fragrances and the invisible types have more ingredients. Otherwise, you'll find one active ingredient plus seven additional ingredients in all of the Axe Dry solid antiperspirants and deodorants.

A stick of blue deodorant. Credit: Timur Anikin/iStock/Getty Images

Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Gly

Aluminum zirconium tetrachlorohydrex gly is the active ingredient in Axe deodorant products. Classified by the International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) as an antiperspirant, astringent and deodorant, it works by closing pores to reduce the amount of sweat, absorbing moisture and inhibiting bacterial growth. Even though there is concern over the potential toxicity of aluminum compounds, the FDA has reviewed this ingredient and approved its use in antiperspirant products.


Used in moisturizers, hair conditioners and deodorants, cyclopentasiloxane is a silicone fluid that softens and conditions the skin.

PPG-14 Butyl Ether

PPG-14 butyl ether is a synthetic petroleum product that conditions the skin and allows you to apply the deodorant smoothly.

Stearyl Alcohol

This ingredient is a fatty alcohol that has a few different functions. It softens the skin by replenishing lipids in the upper layer. It also emulsifies and thickens, which stabilizes the mixture of chemicals.

PEG-8 Distearate

PEG-8 distearate is an emulsifying agent. When multiple liquids have different properties that make them unmixable (like oil and water), emulsifying agents are used to convert them into a cohesive mixture.

Hydrogenated castor oil

Hydrogenated castor oil is an emollient, a skin conditioner and an emulsifier.


Talc absorbs moisture, protects the skin and prevents the deodorant from clumping.


BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) is a synthetic antioxidant used in cosmetics to prevent them from becoming rancid. It also reduces the natural odors of the various ingredients. BHT may have carcinogenic effects when taken orally, but when used in cosmetics it is not absorbed into the bloodstream. Additionally, the amount used in cosmetics—0.01 to 0.1 percent—is too small to create a cancer risk, according to

Load Comments

Copyright © 2019 Leaf Group Ltd. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the LIVESTRONG.COM Terms of Use , Privacy Policy and Copyright Policy . The material appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and LIVESTRONG.COM do not endorse any of the products or services that are advertised on the web site. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.