Declaration Grooming launched their upgraded base, known as Milksteak, on October 12, 2019. Declaration Grooming is known for featuring amazing soap, aftershave and cologne offerings as well as highly sought after hand tied badger brushes. This one man band is based out of Ferndale, MI and is highly passionate about every single aspect of running this successful small business. Declaration Grooming is available for purchase direct from their website and also stockists such as Maggard Razors, West Coast Shaving, Top of the Chain and The Stray Whisker.
Massacre of the Innocents is a dupe of the highly regarded Herod by Parfums de Marly. The scent is a woody, spicy accord featuring notes of; cinnamon, pepperwood, osmanthus, tobacco leaves, frankincense, cistus, vanilla, cedar, vetiver, patchouli and musk. This is a bold, spicy and resinous fragrance. It is quite masculine and despite its boldness, it is not edgy. Mrs. Ruds approves of this fragrance as a casual wear. Strength of scent is mid out of the container and for the shave’s duration. Try That Soap recommends Ariana & Evans Vanille de Tabac as a similar scent profile.
Declaration Grooming Milksteak base aims to improve on the already elite Icarus soap base. Listed ingredients are: 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. This soap is on the firmer side of mid and is a mindlessly easy loading soap. The soap is thirsty, but not as thirsty as the most thirsty soaps. With water and agitation, the soap base explodes into a creamy, dense lather that has a consistency similar to Greek yogurt. While improvement over Icarus is only slight, the slickness is definitely improved. Primary and residual slickness are elite in performance, probably the slickest lather that I have ever experienced. Post shave is the absolute best I have experienced in a soap base to date. The post shave feeling is pure luxury. Declaration Milksteak soap base is a sheer pleasure to use. Somehow it elevates the shaving experience to a level few have achieved. Given this experience and the improvements, Declaration Grooming Milksteak receives a ShaveScore of 100. For similar performance in soap bases I suggest: Murphy & McNeil Kodiak and Barrister and Mann.
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