#1
Finally got my B&M Night Music after some delay. It smells great but the appearance is odd. The top and 3/4 of the side are dark brown and the other side is beige colored.

My guess is that this is from the oxidation of one of the ingrediants (I don't recall which) but wanted to post to see what other's thought and knew that this was the best forum to reach out as Will is best suited to provide an answer. Smile
#2

Member
Luxembourg
See here http://damnfineshave.com/thread-barriste...0#pid32430
#3

Member
San Francisco
Yep: Will has confirmed that it's just the oxidation of the vanillin, and is nothing to be concerned with. It's normal and to be expected. Mine arrives today, too. Hope you enjoy!
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#4
It's just the vanillin, no worries at all. I actually like the color as it reminds me of a chocolate covered dessert Wink. Somehow it fits the Valentine's Day theme.
#5
(02-17-2016, 12:40 AM)2e20 Wrote: See here http://damnfineshave.com/thread-barriste...0#pid32430

Thanks. I should have checked more carefully.
#6

Member
San Jose, CA
I like the look of it too, on the bush it has an espresso like look ... never a bad thing.

It does NOT leave any color on the brush based on my usage.

Fantastic soap!
#7

Maker of Soaps and Shaver of Men
Cooperstown, NY, USA
(This post was last modified: 02-17-2016, 06:26 AM by Barrister_N_Mann.)
(02-17-2016, 06:00 AM)waveflow Wrote: I like the look of it too, on the bush it has an espresso like look ... never a bad thing.

It does NOT leave any color on the brush based on my usage.  

Fantastic soap!

On that note, it occasionally CAN cause discoloration in heavily-bleached silvertip brushes (Morris & Forndran and Simpsons Manchurian seem to be especially prone). A bath in a mild vinegar solution and lathering a couple of unpigmented soaps (I usually recommended unscented, but anything without coloration will work) should take it right out.

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#8

Restitutor Orbis
Mine hasn't arrived yet but I expected this; Same thing with Lavanille, love that soap but I don't use it as often cause it stains my brush for a little bit. It washes out after a few shaves with other soaps but I would prefer it didn't do that.
#9

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(02-17-2016, 11:19 AM)Aurelian28 Wrote: Mine hasn't arrived yet but I expected this; Same thing with Lavanille, love that soap but I don't use it as often cause it stains my brush for a little bit. It washes out after a few shaves with other soaps but I would prefer it didn't do that.

So would I. Unfortunately, there's no feasible way to counteract the vanillin oxidation when you use it in that kind of quantity.

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(02-17-2016, 03:32 PM)Barrister_N_Mann Wrote:
(02-17-2016, 11:19 AM)Aurelian28 Wrote: Mine hasn't arrived yet but I expected this; Same thing with Lavanille, love that soap but I don't use it as often cause it stains my brush for a little bit. It washes out after a few shaves with other soaps but I would prefer it didn't do that.

So would I. Unfortunately, there's no feasible way to counteract the vanillin oxidation when you use it in that kind of quantity.

Think of it as "patina" rather than "staining" Smile  I see the brushes as tools that I use in the shaving process and I don't expect them to remain in "as new" appearance.  They can be beautiful tools no doubt and I certainly believe in the proper care and handling to maintain the beauty and function as best I can.  The best way to preserve those brushes is to avoid soaps that discolour them, which I don't want to do as those are some of the best soaps.  You could also use only black badger brushes or other very dark bristled brushes with those soaps if you feel that strongly about it and don't want to give up those soaps either.  
Mark

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