Friday, August 3, 2012

Leather Honey Leather Conditioner Review

I was very fortunate recently to review the Leather Honey Leather Conditioner. It has many uses as it rejuvenates and reconditions old leather along with it's ability to soften and protect new leather. Some of the places that you can use this product safely is on shoes, car seats, boots, leather furniture, motorcycles, sports equipment, handbags, purses, leather found on boats and any other leather products you might have in your home. The bottle I was sent was an eight ounce bottle, enough to condition about four pairs of shoes, two leather jackets, or a chair. Also, this product is NON TOXIC, WATER REPELLENT, CONTROLS MILDEW and has NO OILY RESIDUE.

I have to apologize that I don't have before and after pictures of the tennis shoes that I used this product on or the leather little makeup case that was given to me several years ago. I thought I had downloaded the pictures and was planning on doing the review while we were on vacation. We left on the 27th of July and we are still on vacation and won't be back until August 11th. Mike, thinking that I had downloaded them, erased all the pictures to have room for our vacation pictures. I did not realize until tonight what he had done! Oh, and by the way, those first 4 days were spent in Weirton, West Virginia. I was born there but never really lived there but my mother's side of the family is there and I always go visit my Aunt's whenever I can. I mentioned this because this company is located in West Virginia!

I also did not think that finding wi-fi would turn into an adventure all of it's own. We were without any internet the first 4 days and nights of our trip and the next two the internet was so spotty, I had to give up. Finally, today we landed in a hotel that has it and I sat down to do the review and NO PICTURES were found. I decided I better go ahead with the review because today is the last day that they wanted it up. I had meant to have it up a week ago but it seems like everything was against me from the get go! Here is a video that explains in detail how this awesome product works:

The Leather Honey Conditioner really did do an awesome job on my old tennis shoes that I was not ready to give up on. It is really hard for me to find shoes that fit with the RA and the swelling that comes with it, so I was happy to find a product that could help me keep them a little longer while I look for new ones that don't hurt my feet. Mike also had a pair of his work boots that we used it on and his boots are a camel like color and really shows the wear and tear but with the Leather Honey applied to them, they certainly weren't brand new looking but they did make them look a little more presentable on the rare occasion that he has to meet the public while out doing his job.

I did take these pictures off of Leather Honey's site so that you can get a really good idea of how well it works. Mike had some dress shoes that were about the same color as this seat cover and it did a fantastic job. My tennis shoes were white so you couldn't see the difference from the camera shot anyway but up close in direct contact with them, it was evident that they had been "cleaned" thru and thru. I also took the below picture off of their site so you could see how it works on brown colors also.

Now, Mike's boots are alot lighter than this brown but this still gives you a pretty good idea of how it can change the looks of something from worn out to looking pretty darn good. I am not fond of brown handbags and don't own one, so I decided to use their example. Now, I did get these boot images off their site also trying to find a color that matched his boots and this one is actually a pretty good one to use for getting old browns to look almost new again.

How to care for your leather using Leather Honey:

**Protect your work area with newspaper, an old sheet, or craft paper.
**If your leather apparel is dirty, clean it with a solution of warm water and a mild soap that cuts grease, like Murphy’s Oil Soap, mild dish
detergent or any soap you would use on your skin.
**Let the item dry. Applying Leather Honey to wet leather will seal in moisture and put your item at risk for mildew.
**Kill any existing mildew with apple cider vinegar and water. It’s the best solution we’ve found!
**Test the Leather Honey in a small, discreet area. Because leather is a natural substance, each piece is unique and thus may react differently to conditioners and cleaners. Conditioning with any product may bring out natural inconsistencies in the grain or color of the leather. Exotic leather items are particularly delicate.
**Use a lint-free cloth, paint brush, foam sponge or make up sponge to apply Leather Honey in thin, even coats to the entire surface area of the clothing item or shoes. Remember, several thin and even coats are better than one thick application. We recommend that the product be at room temperature or warmer (you can even put it in the microwave or next to a heat source). If your shoes also have leather soles, feel free to apply the Leather Honey there as well – it will prolong their life!
**Allow at least two hours (preferably overnight) for the Leather Honey to absorb. If excess remains, wipe it off with a lint-free cloth.
**Repeat if you’d like.
I love history and always try to give a little bit of it on the companies that I review because I believe it helps tell the story of who and why the product was made or invented for and what purpose they thought it would serve. I did not copy all of it, so please go and read the rest. It is a great story!

Here is a little bit of their history:
Leather Honey was invented in the early 1960s, when a retired chemist met with businessman Daniel McGowen, who had recently taken over his father-in-law’s Philadelphia-based manufacturing company. The two informally discussed the potential benefits of an effective sole treatment for shoes, which in those days were made entirely of leather. At that time, most commercially available leather conditioners contained solvents, which presented fire hazards and produced toxic odors. Over a period of several years, they perfected a solvent-free formula that was odorless, water-repellent, and non-toxic.

To test his formula, McGowen created a small but definitive controlled experiment. In those days, postal service workers walked many miles per day delivering mail door to door. McGowen recruited his local postman, providing him with a new pair of shoes for his rounds; one sole was treated with the formula while the other was left unchanged. To McGowen’s delight, the untreated soles needed to be replaced twice before the formula-treated soles wore out—the product could make leather last at least two times as long! It didn’t evaporate once absorbed into the leather, and promoted flexibility even in cold weather. In fact, the supple quality of the treated leather made it easier for cobblers to sew shoes. McGowen’s workers loved it, sneaking samples home to use on other leather products—hats, gloves, jackets, boots, purses, car seats, leather furniture, and junior’s baseball mitt.

You can connect with Leather Honey several ways:

Mailing Address:

Leather Honey LLC
1640 Darke Lane
Kearneysville, WV 25430
Phone: 304.725.1667

Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I did provide the top picture but the rest came off of Leather Honey's site along with the video. I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Sü Smith said...

Oooh that stuff looks nice! I could definitely use some leather conditioner. :o)