4 Stars By Old Scratch on 2016-10-24
Great conditioner, but can darken leather substantially.
Great conditioner, but be aware it may darken your lighter leathers substantially. If you're OK with a potentially drastic color change, go for it. Here's what it did to a $600 pair of boots...
5 Stars By SPARTY 047 on 2016-10-17
Be sure to allow your leather furniture to "drink its fill!!"
Twenty five years ago we bought a fine Italian leather sofa, chair and ottoman from a well-known furniture warehouse. We took advantage of their kind offer for a lifetime supply of leather care kits. Twice each year we would stop by to pick up refills, and would clean and then reapply the conditioner provided. However, we have loved our dogs more than the leather. After just installing new hardwood flooring, we noticed how scratched, scuffed and cracked the leather had become despite this care. We considered sending in a sample of the "mushroom color" dyed leather to get a custom kit to re-dye and condition; but the price would have exceeded $150 for the DIY kit. So we thought we'd try a premium leather conditioner first. While it looked like a 16 oz bottle would be enough, with AlumiGogo Prime, the 32 oz bottle seemed a better deal; given that any leftover would be available for other leather goods and future care of the furniture.
Early this morning, I separated all the cushions to treat them. After some experimentation, I found a 6in x 6in scrap cut from an old polyester "polar fleece" hoodie was a perfect applicator. Because the bottle indicated this is a natural product, and it was totally free of any odor that might indicate presence of solvents, I used my bare hands and the applicator cloth to massage in a generous coating then placed the cushions aside to allow the conditioner to be absorbed. By the time I'd finished the four seats and four backs (perhaps 40 minutes) the first had dried....and the scuffs and scratches had reappeared. Undeterred, I applied a second generous coating to each cushion and laid them aside before treating the lower facings, arms, sides, and backs of each piece. By then >8oz. was gone from the bottle. However, as a bonus to my project, I'd just bought a 3 pack of cowhide work gloves that needed to be "broken in" and oiled to make them flexible and form-fitting enough to wear while doing carpentry. So, each time I took a break, I put my oily hands inside one pair, liberally applying leather honey to all surfaces of the thumb and forefinger, and wore them each in turn.
After three coats had been applied to all leather surfaces of the furniture, the vast majority of the leather was as shiny and supple as new. But after absorption, the scuffs and scratches provided by the dogs, located on the top surfaces and outer edges of the cushions and the arms were reappearing - much less obvious but still leaving room for doubt. Determined, I reassembled the furniture but continued to apply coat after coat; concentrating only on the areas of cracks, scuffs and scratches. Fifteen or so minutes after each application, the conditioner had soaked in, leaving the marring subtly less obvious. The surrounding leather stopped absorbing any further conditioner, and did not darken, so I continued spot applications - following along each crease or scratch with a generous layering. Finally, after intermittently applying more than 10 coats over the next 8 hours, the cracks and scratches themselves began to blend into the surrounding leather. I never did find it necessary to buff the coating with the large piece of polar fleece I had set aside. The conditioner has now been totally absorbed, leaving behind a nice matte finish. It's taken 16 oz for the sofa and chair, but the furniture looks like well-aged leather furniture; the color is uniform across all surfaces, and what were obvious scratch marks and scuffs now blend in with the overall patina that only fine leather furniture is able to acquire over time. I still have to bring the ottoman back up from the basement to treat - that and hear the kids argue over who's going to inherit these pieces. From now on, it will be Leather Honey Conditioner that is reapplied every six months to maintain this patina. And just maybe the dogs can learn to stand beside the furniture to get their ears scratched. Read my other reviews and you'll find I don't give kudos to products that don't perform as promised. This one's a winner, if you're patient and don't mind investing the proper amount of time and elbow grease. Peace/Out.
By Larry in Lafayette
on 2011-11-14 One of two essential leather care products
I like leather products, and I like to take care of my stuff, so the right leather care product is critical. I've used a great many over the years and have settled on two as being clearly superior: Leather Honey and Bick 4 (Bick 4 Leather Conditioner, 16 oz
). They are quite different from each other.
Leather Honey: Leather Honey has a unique effect, making leather somehow feel denser and more hydrated. It is hard to explain, but it is very different than the effect of more lotion-like products, and I've tried a lot of them.
Here's my experience on different things: On my favorite ten-year-old leather jacket from North Beach Leather, Leather Honey soaked in quickly in certain spots, and I added some more. After two hours, there was nothing to wipe away. The already heavy jacket feels heavier, better, and the results have proven to hold up and add more rain resistance. On a new black leather jacket, it didn't take as much nor was the effect as dramatic, but it gave the leather a more supple feel. On my five-year-old black Tumi briefcase, it was quite inconsistent in how much soaked in right away and how much stayed on the surface. I gave it the full two hours and it all soaked in, and it now uniformly feels great. A pair of black Ferragamo's that I bought years ago were getting quite abraded at the toe. No amount of polish worked, but Leather Honey has done a pretty good job of getting that area to look like the rest. I haven't yet put polish over the Leather Honey, so that is an experiment I'm curious about. Brown Sebago deck shoes certainly got more supple and soaked in a lot. The color darkened.
That brings me to the three small caveats: 1) Leather Honey is not a cleaner. Since it isn't water-based like lotion products, dirt stays. For example, on the Sebagos, an area that was a bit dirty was just the same, but the leather under it was clearly treated. 2) Leather Honey doesn't evaporate on plastics and rubbers, nor does it wipe off that easily. A day after treating the Sebagos, the soles still had Leather Honey on them, now somewhat sticky. Obviously I should have done a better job of wiping. 3) Leather honey can and will darken some light leathers.
Bick 4: I'm pretty sure this stuff is what North Beach Leather used to sell under their own name. It is a lanolin/oil lotion that really works. I use it bare handed, and my skin feels soft and good afterwards. It doesn't darken leather, and it cleans as it works if I wipe it up before it is all soaked in. I've used it on my wife's old Chanel purse, an Armani jacket, and some Coach gloves. In every case, it did exactly what I wanted, making the leather softer, more suppler, and feel great. It is easy to wipe Bick 4 off of areas it is unwanted, like plastic or metal.
Which one should you use?
I use Leather Honey for thick leathers that I want to feel more like high quality leather. Think cow hide over lamb skin. I make sure the leather is clean, and use Leather Honey if water resistance is important. I use it if the leather is really bad, because it does more than the Bick 4. I use it when some darkening wouldn't be a problem. Leather Honey makes all leather more, er, leathery, and I mean that in a good way.
I use Bick 4 for thinner leathers, or ones for which darkening would be a problem, or if I'm trying to clean and condition in one step. If the words that comes to mind with the leather you're treating is "soft," "buttery" or "thin" use Bick 4. Its effect won't last as long as Leather Honey's, but it works, and it works beautifully, doing just what you want a leather conditioner to do.
Addendum: Some reviewers have noted that Leather Honey didn't soak in to whatever they were treating, leaving it sticky. Certain leathers, mainly car upholstery and couches, are surface treated with a urethane topcoat. It doesn't make it feel like plastic, so you can't easily tell by rubbing it. Try putting a drop of water in an unobtrusive spot. If the water doesn't soak in and "wet" the leather within a minute, don't use Leather Honey! Bick 4 will work, though you will be wiping most of it away. What I use is 303 Aerospace Protectant for leathers that are coated to the point that they don't absorb water. Note, however, that 303 makes the leather more slick. Not badly so, but try it first. (303 is great stuff anyway for anything plastic or rubber or teak, but that's another review ...)
5 Stars By Lou C on 2017-02-20
This is the good stuff!
This is good stuff! It was recommended by the manufacturer in N. Carolina. I have a 2 yo leather couch. Thick saddle leather. Not your bargain box store couch. This juice goes on like maple syrup. It says to us a cloth. I found it much easier to massage it into every nook with my fingers. I warmed it up a bit in the hot tap water. It flowed easier but it was still like syrup. It looked funny, at first. Then after 30 minutes the leather soaked up the honey and it looked great. Best of all, absolutely no smell!!!! By 3 hours later it was ready for more. I'll wait a month or six before I reapply. Because.... that's all you need. This is good stuff!!! And, an American company family owned to boot. I even got s very nicely written email from the CEO. Let's make America great by using products like this. Dem or Rep this is the good stuff. Tim C Augusta, GA.
5 Stars By Robert G. on 2013-09-04
From zombie boot to "like new"!
I conditioned about 15 pairs of leather shoes, slippers, flip flops and boots. A little goes a long way... I prefer to work it in with my fingers and a tooth brush for in and around difficult areas. Later you can wipe and buff out (with a terry cloth rag) what little is left. There was a problem and the Leather Honey company took care of it immediately! Wonderful customer service.
Now for the WOW factor... I found a pair of boots in the basement with an 1/8" or more of mold on them... on my way to the trash I remembered Leather Honey... That gooey leather product saved my boots... I paid around $200 for them, wore them a couple of times and forgot about them in the basement. See before and after photos...
5 Stars By ASD1 on 2017-04-04
Perfect Leather Conditioner!!
I did a lot of research to find a non-chemical leather conditioner for my couch. I wrote to a couple of companies asking, if their product contains any coconut oil or any nut oil. I got a response from Leather Honey the next day! No, they do not use any of those ingredients. (No other company responded at all.) The girl who replied was very friendly and responsive. I found out that this is a family business and her grandfather created the product. So I'm sure you can ask if the product contains an ingredient you want to avoid.
I've used it on my leather couches, and it works AMAZINGLY well!! I am SOOOO pleased! I'm super sensitive to chemicals and oils, and I've taken naps on my couch already with zero reactions.
I applied it to a full-sized leather sofa as well as a large leather chair with ottoman. I only needed to use a little bit, and they were shiny and smooth and looked brand new! It only took up maybe 1/6th of the bottle (16 oz). Of course, I cleaned my couches first--you don't want to put a conditioner on dirt or sticky grime (as some people who asked questions did). Clean your leather first, then use a little bit of this with a lint-free cloth, and it will turn out beautifully. My couches were dry and silky smooth in about five minutes. Amazing conditioner! I HIGHLY recommend Leather Honey!!
5 Stars By BobKat on 2017-04-24
This product is fantastic!
I bought a new pair of expensive leather sandals from a high-dollar men's store to take on vacation. After a couple hours I had to remove them because they literally cut my feet since the leather was so stiff and dry. I thought I must have had the straps too tight so next vacation I tried them again only to have my feet cut once more. (Had to wear socks with them. That is a great look on the beach!) I was about to throw the like-new sandals away when I found this stuff. I applied several liberal coats. Wow! The results are amazing! The sandals are now so soft they feel great. In fact, I don't even know I have them on and they are now my favorite pair. This stuff is great! Saved me from throwing away a $150 pair of like-new sandals. It may look pricey but a little goes a long way.
1 Stars By NEA on 2016-12-06
Ruined my couch.
This worked wonders on my briefcase, so I decided to treat my leather couch with it. BIG mistake. It absorbed so unevenly that it ruined my couch. The areas that people touch when they sit (back, arms) absorbed copious amounts and turned almost black. The surfaces that people don't touch (sides) absorbed almost none and didn't change color at all. Now I have an ugly, expensive two-tone couch. There's no way to test this beforehand because any inconspicuous test spot will by definition be a part of the couch that receives little wear, so you can't see if it will absorb differentially. Be VERY careful if you decide to put this on a leather couch.
4 Stars By N. Miller on 2017-05-25
the second two images are RIGHT after I applied the two conditioners (you can see where it's still wet/drying) and the last two
To be fair, I used both this Leather Honey and Beesbutter all Natural Leather Conditioner - attached are my photos - The first two are of the sofa damaged by my naughty hound, the second two images are RIGHT after I applied the two conditioners (you can see where it's still wet/drying) and the last two were taken the next morning (sorry the lighting condition changes) once it had had some time to set and dry (as recommended by both products) What I found was that the leather honey made the leather slightly more dark than the Beesbutter, but sometimes that was good (as you can see in my photos) my dog scratched the sofa, and scratched off some of the leather stain, so it was lighter underneath, and I needed something that would darken the sofa back up, so this, combined with the beesbutter was pretty perfect- sure I could probably apply more and get a more even look/coverage, but we kinda want our sofa's to not look too precious . . .in my opinion, a million times better, not brand new looking, but close. . .
5 Stars By Springlering on 2015-11-04
If They Made This For My Face, I'd Be All In
Wow. Just....wow. Preparing for a move to a new home, and trying to get the old one looking nice to sell, I bought a bottle of this to freshen up several leather sofas and chairs. I did not have high hopes. None were less than 25 years old, and one was very very well worn. Boy, was I ever -pleasantly- proved wrong!
This stuff goes on like a thick molasses. It is so thick, it is kind of hard to work into the leather. I really, really slathered it on, and rubbed diligently with my cloth- an old cotton terry washcloth from the rag barrel. After I was done, the surface of the leather was wet and shiny looking. It looked like I had spread some old tanning oil on it. I shrugged my shoulders, and walked away. After all, we were planning to replace them anyway at the new house.
Next morning I came back, and it had started soaking in. By a couple of days, there was no trace of shininess. The leather had absorbed everything.
To my astonishment, our alligator textured armchair, which our new cats (um, thanks for the 8-legged gift, daughter-child) had punctured all over and clawed at the base, looked brand new. If you run your hands over it, you can feel the marks, but you cannot see them now. Likewise, a nice green leather sofa, looked fantastic. And our most worn sofa, the one that dogs and kids piled on for two decades plus, looked quite presentable- no,better than that. It looked great!!!!
This was six months ago. Upshot? All three are now happily residing at the new home. A couple of days ago, I pulled out the leather honey, and touched up a few spots. Yup. Glossy and tacky for a day or two, and then completely gone. Mama wants new furniture. Daddy says no way, Jose, there's nothing wrong with these. Mama caves to guilty conscience (and presence of two threatening cats) and compromises with a few nice throw pillows. Maybe later. There's no rush.
The big quart bottle did two full size leather sofas, a large leather armchair, I loaned it to a friend, who gave it back half full, and even after touchups, I still have just less than half a bottle.
If they made this stuff as a facial moisturizer, baby, I'd buy stock in the company.