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Hey guys! Ross here, back for another shave. What a treat this one was! Declaration Grooming’s bison tallow soap formula is one of my personal favorites and provides an exceptional cushiony, yogurt-like, dense lather when dialed in right and rewards you with excellent slickness during the shave. The scent of Gratiot League Square is provided in collaboration with Chatillon Lux and is a light, leather scent that almost transforms into a suede-like smell as it dries down, to my nose. It is in no way a bold scent but is a pleasant one you can enjoy during and after your shave. Scent strength is middle of the road, hanging around a 6 out of 10. The aftershave/toner provides a nice face feel post-shave. The Timeless Bronze continues to surprise me with its efficiency and effortlessness to use. The patina on this razor has begun almost instantaneously and I’m looking forward to seeing the rustic turn in appearance it gains over time. I have really enjoyed this razor and it’s build quality so far. Overall, an outstanding shave and I can’t recommend Declaration Grooming, Chatillon Lux, or Timeless Razors more! Go try them out if you haven’t already! Items used in today's shave Declaration Grooming Gratiot League Square Shaving Soap https://goo.gl/xsWUFP Chatillon Lux Aftershave, Gratiot League Square https://goo.gl/ESuGxA Declaration Grooming Batch 4 Knot Brush Timeless DE Razor, Solid Bar, 0.38 Blade Gap, Bronze https://goo.gl/11r51S Make sure to keep up to date with us Facebook: https://facebook.com/westcoastshaving/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/WCShaving Instagram https://Instagram.com/WCShaving
This soap review features the 2016 artisan rookie of the year, L&L Grooming (https://www.landlgrooming.com/) and killer post shave master, Chatillon Lux (https://chatillonlux.com/). Even with the honors of being the best new artisan on the scene in 2016, Scott, from L&L Grooming continued his assault on wet shaver’s wallets by opening Declaration Brushworks (https://www.declarationbrushworks.com/), the premiere U.S. based artisan brush maker who hand ties every knot. L&L Grooming soaps are also available at Maggard Razors. Chatillon Lux is one of, if not the top aftershave artisan in the wet shaving world. Their collaborations are always successful and highly sought after. Bon Vivant is a warm and spicy blend with a crack of sharp citrus. The scent notes feature caramel, birch tar, black pepper, maple syrup, vanilla, patchouli, neroli, petitgrain, yuzu citrus, ginger, anise, juniper berry, white grapefruit, wormwood and coriander. What does all this boil down to? For me it opens with herbaceous citrus and some black pepper before the sweetness of the maple syrup and caramel enter the fold. At its base, it fades back to earthy where the patchouli, juniper berry and petitgrain present themselves. Scent is mid-strong both off the container and through the shave. Similar scents on the market include; Mickey Lee Soapworks Unforgiven or Phoenix & Beau Sanskrit. L&L Grooming’s Bison tallow soap base is among the very best performing soap bases on the market. Some have trouble dialing in the lather because it simply loves to be drowned with water. The results when dialed in though stand in the rare air of greatness though. Above average in all metrics. "Yogurty" dense cushion, hella slickness and residual slickness and spa like moisturizing post shave is what you can expect. With an ingredients like this (Stearic Acid, Water, Potassium Hydroxide, Avocado Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Bison Tallow, Mango Seed Butter, Castor Oil, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Lanolin, Bentonite Clay, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Extract, Salix Alba L. (White Willow) Bark Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid,) its no wonder. Similar soap bases in terms of performance are: Mickey Lee Soapworks and Tallow + Steel. Get at me here: Email: email@example.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/dendj55/ Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/rudshones/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dendj55/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruds_shaves Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/dendj55 Snapchat: @ruds_shaves
This soap review features the 2017 artisan of the year, Declaration Grooming (https://www.declarationgrooming.com/). Declaration (formerly known as L&L Grooming and Declaration Brushworks) is well known for their range of shaving soap, aftershave care and hand tied premium badger knots and hand turned brush handles. The company has not rested at all, even through their move from Georgia to Michigan. Aside from purchasing direct, their software is also available through Maggard Razors (http://www.maggardrazors.com/). Bandwagon is Declaration’s nod to the classic and very common barbershop genre of scent. The scent is an interpretation of Declaration’s trips to the local barber with their grandfather. The scent is a musky, powdery accord that is supported by creamy sandalwood. The scent notes are listed as: Bergamot, Musk, Sandalwood, Lavender, Camphor, Coumarin, Tarragon and Anise. The scent for me, opens powdery and creamy before some muskiness comes into play. This is a masculine barbershop that is unique enough to buy, no matter how many barbershop scents you own. The scent strength is light to mid, by design actually. Scents with some similarity are: Wholly Kaw Man From Mayfair and Reef Point Soaps Command Presence. Declaration’s soap base is among the very best performing soap bases on the market. Some have trouble dialing in the lather because it simply loves to be drowned with water. The results when dialed in though stand in the rare air of greatness though. Excellence in all metrics. "Yogurty" dense cushion, hella slickness and residual slickness and spa like moisturizing post shave is what you can expect. With an ingredients like this (Stearic Acid, Water, Potassium Hydroxide, Avocado Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Bison Tallow, Mango Seed Butter, Castor Oil, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Lanolin, Bentonite Clay, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Extract, Salix Alba L. (White Willow) Bark Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid,) its no wonder. The Shavescore for this soap base comes in at 95. Similar soap bases in terms of performance are: Wholly Kaw (donkey milk) and Catie’s Bubbles (luxury soap). Get at me here: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/dendj55/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ruds_shaves Twitter: https://twitter.com/ruds_shaves Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/user/dendj55 Snapchat: @ruds_shaves
I was asked to do one of these top 5 videos, which I actually really like doing. So here are my TOP 5 soaps of 2017!!! Like my list? Disagree? Let me know in the comments what some of your top soaps of this year were. Contact me : email@example.com
Today's shave: I use a new soap from Declaration Grooming. "Contemplation" is one of three scents in the new Icarus soap base, along with the matching aftershave. I also use an Aeterna razor blade (Sweden) for the first time. *** Kit *** * Declaration Grooming "Contemplation" shave soap and aftershave * Fatip Testina Gentile, Aeterna blade * Semogue Owners Club boar brush * Declaration Grooming "Contemplation" aftershave *** Intro / Outro *** Intro: "Spygame" by Parov Stelar Outro: "Booty Swing" by Parov Stelar
Edit: a note before you read or watch-I tend to not be that big of a horn tooter for Declaration-formerly known as L&L Grooming. I get good shaves from it, but never elite like many others attest to have. I’ve just never had a superb, knock your socks of shave with that base. Good and above average, yes, but nothing that wowed me. This could be that the base is different than many others out there and I’ve never face lathered with it since I’ve only tried samples. I’ve always had to bowl lather. In my experience sometimes a bowl lather is drastically different depending on how much soap and water is used. Also, the soap is Uber soft. It is a similar consistency to Black Ship Grooming, another brand that I think I’ve similarly never truly dialed in. I have recently found a few scents that I really like so maybe I’ll get a tub of my own and be able to give a revisional review in the future.
These are my thoughts on Gratiot League Sqr, a collaborative effort from Declaration Grooming and fragrance aficionado Chatillon Lux who are known for making some of the best aftershaves and fragrances in the world of wetshaving. This is is a complex scent that is in an undeniably good Bison Tallow soap base. Nonetheless, several factors knocked just below the 80s in my 100 pt grading scale. The fairly strong scent out of the jar is wonderful and a rather sweet take on leather with notes of vanilla, amber, tobacco, clove, Sandalwood, Bergamot, rose, vetiver, and Amber. I get mostly vanilla, Sandalwood, Tobacco, and Amber. Lathered, the scent changes to a rose laden leather. Not being a fan of rose, this lessened the scent overall for me and I had to grade it down to about a 6. The Dry down was rather nice though and prevented it from going further. I believe the aftershave will need to be experience for a full effect and mileage will vary person to person. A second area that was graded even lower was value. It’s $21 USD for approx 4 of soap. While Declaration is a tried and true brand with a highly touted (by most) base, I can’t rate the value more than a 5/10. Sure, these are highly resellable, but there are, IMO, equally performing soaps out there that are $4/Oz or less. I know the ingredients used are expensive and that reg customers know what they’re getting when they buy Declaration, but the practical shopper in me coupled with my mixed reaction to the scent can’t give bump this one any further up. I give it an overall 79.5, the highest number in my “Excellent” strata and just short of the 80-84 Outstanding level. Many may disagree and that’s fine. This is a subjective opinion review after all!
Buy the soap here: https://www.declarationgrooming.com/collections/frontpage/products/gratiot-league-square-chatillon-lux-collaboration
Buy the reasonably priced aftershave here: https://chatillonlux.com/collections/aftershave/products/gratiot-league-square-aftershave