Declaration Grooming launched their upgraded base, known as Milksteak, on October 12, 2019. The launch included Declaration Grooming’s annual release of their fall season scent, the iconic, Darkfall. Declaration Grooming is known for producing amazing soap, aftershave and cologne offerings as well as highly sought after hand tied badger brushes. The Ferndale, MI artisan 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.
Darkfall is a spicy oriental with roots of autumn in the rural south. Scent notes are listed as; Agarwood, Cinnamon, Amber, Clove, Benzoin, Birch Tar and Treemoss. This is a hearty, warming scent that is well complemented by spiciness and smoke. The fragrance shines during the cool, damp and dark days of late fall. This is a masculine, bold scent. Mrs. Ruds finds this fragrance neutral. She neither loves it, nor hates it. Her only ask was that it is used in casual settings. Strength of scent is mid-strong off the container and remains this way for the entire shave. Try That Soap recommends Chatillon Lux /Declaration Grooming Bon Vivant as a similar scent profile.
It is no secret, Declaration Grooming Milksteak base is the highest rated soap to date in the ShaveScore system. 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. Given this experience and the improvements, Declaration Grooming Milksteak receives a ShaveScore of 100. For similar performance in soap bases I suggest: Wholly Kaw Siero and Zingariman Sebo.
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