Transitioning from Antiperspirant to Deodorant: Consonant Skincare Dealkalizing Deodorant

I’ve been wanting to make the switch from antiperspirants to deodorants for a while now. I’ve read so many opposing views about antiperspirants vs deodorants so I decided to find out for myself.

I’ll be trying out 3 different deodorants to see which one I prefer, and if I can survive without antiperspirants.

The 3 deodorants are:
• Consonant Skincare Dealkalizing Deodorant – $14 for 75g
• Saje peaceful Warrior Deodorant – 12.95 for 100ml
• Lavanila The healthy Deodorant in Vanilla Grapefruit – $17 for 57g

I won’t go into the technical aspects of antiperspirants and deodorants, but true to their respective product names, antiperspirants prevent the body from perspiring, whereas deodorants help to prevent odours.

First off, I’m a sweaty beast. I think I was informed that I had Body Odour (BO) when I was around 10 years old.   I’ve used all manner of antiperspirants from every brand you can think of – I even dabbled in the clinical strength stuff (CertainDri) that eventually made my armpits itch like crazy.  Soooo, I’m probably NOT the best candidate for deodorants, but I wanted to make an effort.  If you’re thinking of doing this, the winter months are the best time to make the transition.

First up in my trials is Consonant Skincare Dealkalizing Deodorant ($14 for 75g) in the Unscented version.  The other scent available is a citrus scent – I opted for the unscented since I normally prefer unscented antiperspirants as well (I don’t like my underarms to overpower my perfume).

This product launched in November and I eagerly grabbed it after hearing the pitch about how the dealkalizing formula will neutralize sweat that causes BO.  This deodorant’s claims are:
• Silk Amino Acids: hydrate and condition skin.
• Cocoa Butter: helps prevent discoloration caused by shaving.
• Arrowroot Powder and Bentonite Clay: helps absorb moisture.
• Sodium Bicarbonate: Adjusts pH and absorbs moisture.

This deodorant comes in a traditional twist-up stick format. even though this is Unscented, it actually smells like cocoa, which makes sense since one of the key ingredient is cocoa butter.  Upon applying on the skin, it feels quite wet and doesn’t seem to dry down completely. I can only stand around in my undies for so long before I have to get clothed and out the door!  Another thing I noticed with this formula is that it’s quite crumbly:

As I expected, I felt my armpits getting wet by around lunch time. I told my work buddy that I was trying to switch to deodorants and asked her to keep an eye (or erm, nose) for any funky odours I might be emitting. She assured me that I was fresh as a daisy.

By the end of the day though, I just felt gross. When I got home, I removed my top and inspected the armpit area – no visible white marks which is great. but the sniff test revealed a faint hint of BO on my clothes and underarm skin.  I persisted though for the rest of the week by applying copious amounts of the deodorant. Let’s just say that every item I wore that week had to go to the dry cleaners.

After a week, I gave up!  Then I took a visit to the store Saje and told them of my poor results with the transition from antiperspirants to deodorants and they advised that I should persist and try alternating between one day of the antiperspirant and the next day of the deodorant. I decided to give that a whirl (that’s also when I picked up the Saje deodorant).  I tried again for 2 more weeks in January but I finally gave up on this product – perhaps it’s just been so mild here that I’ve been extra sweaty?  I do understand that deodorants will simply NOT prevent sweating, but I had to stop using this deodorant due to the fact that I was smelling every day when I got home.

I wanted to like this! In general, I’ve really enjoy Consonant Skincare products – they’re a Canadian company that I trust, but unfortunately, this product’s claim of “100% Effective. all day Protection. Garantido.” just didn’t pan out.

This product didn’t work for me but it seems to work for many people! It has rave reviews online.  Besides the Consonant Skincare stores and online shop, it is available at, and just recently, at Sephora.

Next up, I’ll be trying the Saje deodorant, which received thumbs up from Dominique of style Domination – fingers crossed!  What do you use – antiperspirants or deodorants? What brand / type?

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