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Declaration Grooming Shaving Soap, Massacre of the Innocents

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  • Artisan shaving soap
  • Milksteak base
  • Scented with a complex aroma of cinnamon, pepper wood, tobacco leaf, labdanum, incense, vanilla, cedar, and more.  

Declaration Grooming is the sweat and toil of Scott Stewart. Formerly L&L Grooming and Declaration Brushworks, the new moniker doesn't change the years of hard work and dedication this artisan has put into developing his business. From recipe formulation, web design, product crafting, marketing, and the myriad other tasks, he takes this job seriously. From his homebase in Michigan, he is turning out amazing grooming products.

Description from the Vendor

Milksteak is my tongue-in-cheek name for the culmination of all of my soapcrafting experience to date. While the name may be whimsical, it was an incredibly difficult decision to deprecate Bison and Icarus - one I would not make without full confidence that I was releasing not only the best soap base I have ever developed, but one of the finest soap bases ever created.

Over three years of customer feedback, research, theorycrafting and, of course, love, went into this soap base. I focused on ease of use (softer than Icarus), slickness, and post-shave - all the hallmarks of a great soap.


In the mid-18th century there lived a thoroughbred racehorse, presumably named after a particularly famous (or infamous) king. Were you to ask anyone on the street what they think of when they hear that horse's name, I would wager that they would immediately think of the king, not the horse. That particular king is, at least at present, most remembered for a particularly bloody-handed decision well known as the Massacre of the Innocents.

While this particular name may be off-putting, the scent is magnificent - you might even call it royal.

Top notes: cinnamon and pepper wood. Heart: osmanthus, tobacco leaf, labdanum and incense. Base: vanilla, cedar, vetiver, patchouli, iso e super, cypriol and musk.

Size: 4oz.

Made in the USA

Ingredients: Stearic Acid, Water, Castor Oil, Potassium Hydroxide, Vegetable Glycerin, Bison Tallow, Mango Butter, Avocado Oil, Shea Butter, Sodium Hydroxide, Lanolin, Bentonite Clay, Yogurt, Buttermilk, Egg Whites, Coconut Milk, Goat's Milk, Tocopheryl Acetate, Maltodextrin, Milk Protein, Salix Alba L. (White Willow) Bark Extract, Arctium lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Silk Amino Acids

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John K.
United States United States
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Great product

Just tried this new base and it’s excellent. The slickness and post shave are the stand out stars. Good price and good value. If I compare to the other 2 best being wholly jaw and barrister Mann I can’t really say because they are all so good. But the post shave is maybe the best and slickness is probably number 1 or 2 . I can’t say until a few more shaves.

Saul N.
United States United States
I recommend this product
Pretty Good!

Performancewise this product is excellent. Great lathering, glide, cushioning and closeness. Didn't care for the fragrance - too tobaccowy. Worst name for a product ever! Why not call it for what it is, "Herod kills babies"? What's next? Holocaust?

Robert S.
United States United States
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Very slick soap

Extremely slick soap. One of the slickest I have used. The base is quite soft. It is best to swirl your brush several times and transfer to a bowl (or lather on the face). The reason I say that is, the soap can really get in the brush and become wasteful (since the base is so soft). It is almost like a "croap" (cream/soap). The lather is very thick and provides excellent cushion. I love the scent. It is almost a warm, sweet tobacco scent. My review is only on the performance as scents can be very sujective to review.