My love for leather began one day when I was around 13 years old. My mother gave me a pair of brown suede boots. I loved how they looked, and that I could pretty much wear them with everything! Eventually I grew out of those boots, but the love for leather has always stayed. Today, I own leather bags, belts, shoes, earrings, furniture, and just recently, I bought a brand new pair of suede boots!
The only downside to owning so much leather is that I do have to spend a good deal of time maintaining each item. Leather needs to be kept moist, yet also kept in a somewhat dry environment or else it will dry out and crack. This tricky balancing act can be achieved by using a leather conditioner. Being a leather lover, the search for the best leather conditioner out there was very important. I'm pretty sure I tried most of the conditioners out there before I got to Leather Honey.
At first I was quite worried about testing a product that had absolutely no bad reviews, and I read all the reviews I could find! There were a few complaints here and there, but many of them were minor. I hesitantly ordered the product and waited for its arrival. That brings me to the first good thing I can say about the product. The manufacturer ships quickly. I think all customers appreciate being able to get their orders right away, so this is a definite plus!
Leather Honey comes in several sizes. Because I own so much leather, I got the one-pint bottle, and I was happy to see that it had no expiration date! I consider this a great thing because leather doesn't have to be conditioned too often, and if the conditioner doesn't expire, that means you don't have to keep buying more, assuming you haven't run out of course. The product label says it is non-toxic and water repellent, both good things for leather and for me! The last thing I want is working with a toxic substance! I also don't want my leather absorbing any water because this will ruin it.
Ideally, you should clean your leather before you condition it, and that's just what I did. It took some time, but after cleaning all my leather products, I took out my new bottle of Leather Honey leather conditioner and took a deep breath. It didn't smell like anything! That's great because the last thing I wanted was to have to work on a lot of leather items and have to a chemical smell in the air the entire time.
Using both a foam sponge and a lint free cloth, I began to apply the leather conditioner in small amounts. As soon as I finished conditioning the first item, a vintage Louis Vuitton leather bag, I started to see why this product has no bad reviews. It does a fantastic job at rejuvenating old leather, making it smoother and bringing back that attractive sheen! It also does wonders at softening brand new leather
As I worked, I realized that with Leather Honey, a little goes a long way. In fact, I recommend that you only use a little because it will be difficult to recover any excess conditioner once the leather has started absorbing it.
Though the product has no bad reviews, I did mention that there were some complaints. I do have to agree that there is a slight waxy residue, but these were mostly on the products on which I enthusiastically applied too much of the stuff. It is definitely a bit sticky on the fingers and slightly sticky on the furniture too. The stickiness easily washed off my fingers, though, and it only took about four or five days before my furniture no longer felt sticky and just looked like well maintained, polished leather. Finally, I came across a complaint that said Leather Honey didn't fix the cracks in their leather. All I can say to that is: that's not what it's designed to do.
On the manufacturer's page, Leather Honey claims to be perfect for equestrian gear, shoes, bags, furniture, automobiles, motorcycles, and sports gear. I'll be testing the stuff on my nephew's baseball glove soon, but I after seeing what I have seen, I have absolutely no reason not to believe them. I think this product does wonders for leather, protecting it against elements and helping it last longer. Now, my only regret is that I didn't keep those old brown suede boots!
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