Fine Classic brush, Barrister & Mann Lavanille, and the redoubtable iKon X3
Following the shave, I read this recommendation in the Lavanille entry on the Barrister & Mann web site:
The vanillin in Lavanille may cause it to discolor animal hair shaving brushes. Use of a dedicated brush or a synthetic-fiber shaving brush is recommended.
As luck would have it, I did use a synthetic brush, the Fine Classic shown. Lavanille has a great fragrance: “lavender, vanilla, cedar, and the elegant musk Exaltolide.” It is, as you see in the photo, a dark brown, and the lather, too, is brown, though more a tan. Several of my soaps with vanilla have darkened with age, though they still smell and work fine. This one starts off dark—and very fragrant. Its ingredients:
Potassium Stearate, Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Potassium Tallowate, Sodium Tallowate, Potassium Ricinoleate, Potassium Shea Butterate, Sodium Ricinoleate, Coconut Milk, Sodium Shea Butterate, Carthamus tinctorius hybrid (Hybrid Safflower) Seed Oil, Potassium Palm Kernelate, Allantoin, Lanolin, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Citrate, Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Fragrance/Parfum, Juniperus virginiana (Virginia Cedarwood) Oil, Tocopherol Acetate, Hydrolyzed Silk Protein
The shave itself was very nice: a two-day stubble being easily felled by the iKon X3. Then a splash of Lavanille aftershave finished the job. Its ingredients:
Denatured Alcohol, Hammamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Aqua, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Fragrance, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Extract, Panthenol, Sodium Lactate