Declaration Grooming Massacre of the Innocents – Milksteak Base Artisan Shaving Soap, 4oz

3.50 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)


Artisan Made in Michigan, USA

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Product Description

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.


BASE: 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, 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.

I hope you enjoy it…and your jelly beans.

– Scott

Additional Information


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

2 reviews for Declaration Grooming Massacre of the Innocents – Milksteak Base Artisan Shaving Soap, 4oz

  1. 5 out of 5


    I am so glad I picked up this soap. The scent is absolutely perfect for cooler weather. It’s a smooth, tobacco, vanilla and spice scent, that almost reminds me of a candle, but smells a lot better than a cheap candle fragrance. I’ve already reached for this soap so many times this fall. If you are looking for a great cool weather scent, look no further. And of course, the Milksteak base is one of the best around–a real joy to use in every way.

  2. 2 out of 5


    My low rating is based only on my purely subjective sense of smell. Of my 30-or-so tubs of soap, this one has the least interesting scent. It’s extremely mild–almost undetectable. And the scent all but vanishes when you are done shaving. I don’t know how to describe the scent other than faint and non-descript. It doesn’t smell bad, just not particularly good. And it comes in a cheap, clear-plastic container. Does it work as a shaving soap? Yes, functionality is very nice. I got a nice smooth shave. So I’m awarding an extra star for good performance.

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