Welcome to Basenotes. With that being said, what type of the Axe deods do you like? Are you using the Deod spray or the Deod stick?
I used to use the Deod spray after I had showered at the gym, but I found that it often would linger and not mix well with my cologne application later in the day. So I went to a Deod that had an unscented scent, and then no more trouble in that category.
The first scent I went to after using Axe, was L'Eau D'Issey (original formula), and I found that it was a fairly easy transition. I also purchased Soprani Uomo at this same time, but I was looking for more "fresh" scents, and have now progressed more into Oriental scents and various others.
What are your tastes like? Do you like Sweet, Spicy, Wood, Musky, etc.