Declaration Grooming – Cuir et Épices – Shaving Soap
“Cuir et Épices” is the first scent exclusive to our new premium soap base. It is a blend of leather, tobacco flower, cedar, anise, oakmoss, and patchouli. This scent is unique unto itself and somewhat difficult to describe. The beta feedback was all over the place, but we think the closest to capturing the scent was:
“This is what I imagine John Wayne’s kitchen smelling like – soft leather, vaguely appley, with a twist of some kind of baking spice.”
However, this is absolutely not a gourmand scent, so don’t let the “appley” or “baking spice” fool you. We would rate this scent as neutral tending toward masculine.
Our new soap base features bison tallow (rendered from 100% grassfed bison kidney fat) and lanolin, proudly casting aside the vegan title and embracing old world traditions with an American twist.
The addition of bison tallow imparts even more slickness to our already slick soap, and combined with the emollient properties of lanolin provide a dense, silky lather and peerless post-shave experience.
But we didn’t stop there. Our new aftershave performs so well that we added the same four hand-selected botanicals from our aftershave to our soap – sea buckthorn, burdock root, white willow bark, and grape seed. These botanicals are not a gimmick – while we can’t make any specific claims about them without having to deal with the FDA, we can say that this soap is extremely forgiving of poor technique.
We even made it softer than our vegan soap formula, slightly harder than a croap, so even the floppiest brush can load with ease.
Ingredients: 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