Although Consonant Body Dealkalizing Deodorant ($12 at BeautyMark) received a mention in this post already, I thought it was a product worth revisiting in an in-depth review because it truly is terrific. I'm not excessively stinky or sweaty in my everyday life or when I work out, but like most normal human beings I'm prone to perspiring and smelling kind of stale when I exert myself. This all-natural formula more than meets my needs.
Consonant Body Dealkalizing Deodorant reduces the pH of your skin's surface level to 4.5-5, thereby inhibiting odor-causing bacteria. Bentonite clay and arrowroot powder absorb moisture naturally while cocoa butter moisturizes the underarm area. In the last few weeks of thorough testing, I found that the formula was enough to prevent body odor and that stale, sweaty smell throughout the day.
Consonant Body is quick to note this is a deodorant, not an antiperspirant, formulated to prevent odor rather than sweating. That being said, for me the formula sufficiently inhibits "I'm wearing a sweater and the heat is on too high" and "I just had to sprint to catch my SkyTrain" levels of dampness when applied liberally, if not the "I've been salsa dancing for 3 hours" or "that was a brutal barre class" sort. The former concerns me more than the latter: Nobody wants to be caught with wet semi-circles in their armpits on the way to work or in the office, but when you're dancing up a storm or working out hard and you're just sweating everywhere, there's really no point worrying about your underarms.
All-natural products only appeal to me if they're as effective and easy to use as their conventional counterparts and the price difference isn't huge. We've already established its effectiveness. The form factor—a classic twist-up solid—is as easy as it gets. (No messing about with tubes of creamy goop.) At $12, it's not significantly more expensive than a drugstore deodorant. The aluminum-free formula is good news for those who are worried about potential health effects, and on a more practical note, it means no more yellow armpit stains in all your lovely white T-shirts. For all these reasons and more, Consonant Body Dealkalizing Deodorant just might be my new Holy Grail deodorant.