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Declaration Grooming Gratiot League Square Artisan Shaving Soap, 4oz - Milksteak Base

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In the long and rich history of traders in early Saint Louis, there is one name that often gets looked over when talking about the Choteaus and Lacledes: Charles Gratiot, Sr. Originally a fur trader from Montreal, Charles Gratiot moved to Saint Louis and established a robust trading business in the time of westward exploration.

Eventually marrying into the Choteau family, Gratiot bequeathed a league of land to Saint Louis to encourage its expansion. The Gratiot League Square contains parts of historic Forest Park; Saint Louis' Irish neighborhood, Dogtown, and Italian neighborhood, The Hill; and Chatillon Lux headquarters.

This scent is inspired by Gratiot's trade and features tobacco, leather, rose, clove, nutmeg, sandalwood, vetiver, vanilla, musk, bergamot, and amber. This is the smell of a busy day in the Carondelet markets.

BASE: Milksteak is my tongue-in-cheek name for the culmination of all of my soap crafting 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, theory crafting 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.

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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Highly impressed

Got this as a sample size soap. Used with badger fur brush, and Viking blade chieftain razor with feather razor blades. Before whipping up the leather dominates with tobacco following behind. Once whipped, the scent really opens up and the leather and tobacco balance out with the sweeter spices. The wife absolutely loves it, so a win there. Performance wise, it was without a doubt the most comfortable shave I’ve had! I could barely feel the blade against my skin, and my beard hairs are thick! Literally the razor just glided, I had to check to make sure I was actually holding it right lol. Truly my new go to soap, and will be replacing the B&M soaps I’ve been using.


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All the DG soaps perform well and are spectacular values for the dollar but this is by far my favorite of the scents. A perfect soap for the winter and its the one I use most often when its cold.


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This is the third soap that I've purchased. It is by far the best of the three on all aspects. It has a very strong very fragrant smell that smells like something expensive. It created a very nice lather compared to the other soaps ive used. Highly recommend, I don't think I'm going to try a fourth soap!

Jayson N.

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Join The League - the Gratiot League Square! First, Declaration's soap base (bison tallow) is marvelously slick, rich and forgiving. Lather is stone simple to whip up with your brush, and the skin feel post-shave is tremendous. But this scent is terrific! Up front is a warm, sweet Tobacco note. A secondary Leather note is underneath, bringing a kind of musky, heartiness to it. Under both of those primary scents is a swirl of complimentary spice, sweet, and herbal elements, none of which dominate, but simply enhance the main players. This is a winner in my book because of the way Chatillon Lux has made a tobacco-scent that is so much more than most artisan's simple offerings. (Bonus opinion: the aftershave is entirely in line scent-wise with this soap, but the EdT really brings the leather! They're all great together.)

Allan G.

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This was my first DG soap. Bought the matching CL after shave also. I have a fairly large collection and this soap is unlike any that I own. I can bore you with a lot of glowing adjectives....but I won't. It's creamy, thick, protective. And moisturizing. Scent is enjoyable and long lasting. I don't have the best nose for identifying scents...but...I get old leather chair or jacket. The way leather used to smell before it was treated, dyed, and coated. This is a good thing. Deja Vu at it's best. In conclusion...its great stuff. Highly recommended!!