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Declaration Grooming Artisan Shaving Soap Samples, Milksteak Base

11 Reviews
Original price $3.40 - Original price $3.40
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 Declaration Grooming LLC (formerly L&L Grooming and Declaration Brushworks) is owned and operated by Scott Stewart out of Ferndale, MI. It is the culmination of years of hard work and dedication to crafting the finest wets shaving and grooming products on the planet.

My products are the result of countless hours of research completely handmade in the US. From recipe formulation, web design, product crafting, photography, customer and vendor relations, marketing, and all of the other endless duties that go into starting and running a business of any size - I take responsibility for each and every one of them. And love every minute of it.
I hope you enjoy my products as much as I enjoyed making them for you.
With Love, Scott


These samples are just enough to get a good feel for the soap.

88 Chestnut Street - Notes of neroli, lemon, bergamot, lavender, orange, petitgrain, grapefruit, and yuzu.

After the Rain - Wet pine, muted lavender, cedar, and white pepper.

Apogee White Musk, Salt, Neroli, Petitgrain, Sandalwood (Hawaiian), Cannabis.

Champs de Lavande - Two types of lavender, ylang ylang, eucalyptus, rosemary, bergamot and black pepper.

Chaotic Neutral Amber, Oak, Cardamom, Patchouli, Black Tea, Sandalwood, Bourbon, Tobacco, Clary Sage.

Cuir et Epices - Soft leather, vaguely appley, with a twist of some kind of baking spice.

Daemon - Black oud, amber, oak, cardamom, Oakmoss, and frankincense.

Darkfall - Spicy oriental, Agarwood, amber, and benzoin , cinnamon and clove top notes. Birch tar adds a slight smokiness; smell of burning leaves

Dayman Very citrus forward with support from salt and patchouli.

Delta V - A clean year-round scent with Pear, Apricot, Ozone, Musk, Palo Santo, Bamboo, Green Tea, and a touch of outer space.

Dirtyver  - Vetiver, Dirt, Cypress, Tobacco, Blood Orange

Fake Yellow Light - Leather, tobacco, amber, chestnut, almond, chai, cognac, walnut, vanilla. 

Gratiot League Square - Tobacco, leather, rose, clove, nutmeg, sandalwood, vetiver, vanilla, musk, bergamot, and amber. 

La Petite Prairie Vetiver, citrus, geranium, carnation, pineapple, rhubarb, rosemary and Sichuan pepper.

Massacre of the Innocents - Top: cinnamon and pepper wood. Heart: Osmanthus, tobacco leaf, labdanum and incense. Base: Vanilla, cedar, vetiver, patchouli, cypriol and musk.

Nightman - Citrus forward scent - lime, booze, and woods.

Original - Blend of sandalwood and bergamot.

Perigree  Cedar (Himalayan), Scots Pine, Eucalyptus, Leather, Dried Fruit, Tobacco.

Sellout Smells like a scent that rhymes with shmaventus, but is in no way affiliated with any other brand.

Shore - Aquatic

Tribute - Fruity (pineapple, peach) without being cloying, earthy, patchouli, vetiver.

Unconditional Surrender - Amber, tonka bean, amyris, cedarwood, agarwood, vetiver, cigar tobacco, black tea, jasmine and geranium.

Vernal: Notes, in no particular order: Sweet grass, allspice, nutmeg, sandalwood, orange, ginger, tomato leaf, green tea, bourbon, chamomile, frankincense, coumarin, lavender.

Weinstrasse - White grape, honeysuckle, iris, blackcurrant bud, helichrysum, sandalwood, coumarin, oakmoss and musk.

Yuzu Rose Patchouli - Rose and the dry, woody scent of patchouli.

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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Great classic scent of Hermes

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Not what you may expect.

As a long time straight razor shaver and a fan of very high quality lathers, I had a shave with this soap and I even made a review of it on my channel (active date 12/22/21) and although it is a slick lather it is by far the easiest soap to over water. It holds a very minor amount of water. It’s annoying how terrible this soap is with its ability to hold a water. I’m using about 1/2 the amount of water per lather to get a lather that’s 2x as thin as a normal lather. At $24 a tub I can’t believe it’s that bad. Yes it’s slick.. but so is every other shave soap on the market. on a separate note it smells like Coca Cola syrup… neither good nor bad just interesting and I didn’t mind it. I may try another type of soap and see if it’s the same, as for now though I can get behind the premium price tag. Every mid level and priced soap performs as well if not better than this soap. I’m just a little surprised.

Louis M.

Customer review

I got the After the Rain version, their second most popular scent. The smell is nice. Dignified, not too strong, smells like a forest. Their most popular variety, Darkfall, was out of stock. I'm not sure if I would buy another sample or a full size jar. The lather quality is above average, but I don't think it justifies the middle tier price point that it commands. At $22 for a 4 oz. tub, it is over $5 per ounce. I can see the appeal of domination over farm animals and using them for as much as possible as being a selling point for people that are into that sort of thing as a way to reassure their masculinity. I'm neutral about it. It can use animal ingredients or not, just whatever works best. Still, the emphasis on subjugating animals, like the cow skull on the front of every label and the emphasis on scent might mask a lack of attention to face feel, post shave quality or lather quality. Imagine if that was a human skull, do you think it would sell as well, or would it be morbid?


Customer review

Since I began shaving with top notch supplies, every soap I have used came in a solid "puck" form. L&L Grooming Company's soaps however are soft. To me they are comparable to the "tubbed" creams I use which are made by a 200+ year old British purveyor. That being said though, I realize that the definition of soap may be subjective from manufacturer to manufacturer. With these I transferred an almond nut sized dollop of product into my shaving bowl and quickly whipped up an impressive lather. Regardless of consistency, L&L's soaps are the best soaps or creams I have ever used. Thank you buffalo tallow? I have never used a product that left my skin as soft or well nourished as these. They also contributed to extremely close shaves. At the time of purchase I was able to buy 4 scents... Bandwagon, After the Rain, Trismegistus, and Cuir et Épices. All eclectic, unique, or one could say wonderfully uncommon. Each tends to linger for awhile post shave but not obnoxiously. Be aware that these samples come in tins the size of lip balm containers but they offer plenty of shaves and will undoubtedly lead to your becoming a lifelong patron. Can't wait to try L&L's vast array of other scents including their seasonal varieties.