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...
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.
1 Stars By Jasmine on 2017-06-14
I didn't like it. It just leaves a heavy residue on stuff. I had to clean everything over again and put a different moisturizer on it. Kinda sad about it.
4 Stars By Q.B. on 2016-12-30
Good, I guess... Compared to Bick 4.
I bought this and the Bick 4 conditioner to compare them on my old BMW leather seats. I did one front seat with the leather honey, and the other with the Bick 4. I beat the hell out of this old leather, and it still looks and feels great. I just got a wild hair to "treat" the leather one day and couldn't decide which product, so I ordered both. The Leather Honey is clear, thick, (just like honey) and you'd SWEAR it would be sticky by how it applies...But it's not at all. Weird stuff. So I cleaned both front seats and put a couple of coats on over two days. It's been almost a week...No noticeable difference at all. Maybe a touch of shine with the LH, but I'm not even sure about that. Leather feels the same, no softer, no smoother. I've always heard that you need to "condition" or "treat" leather seats, but I can't tell I put it on. For that matter, the Bick 4 fared no better on the passenger seat. Can't even tell I put it on. I'm a retired BMW tech. The only treatment I've ever applied is butt sweat and spilled Pepsi... They still look and feel like new. I can't explain it. I'm glad I did it, I guess. But both the Leather Honey and Bick 4 will be going on a shelf in the garage probably to be thrown away 15 years from now...
5 Stars By 07Cobra on 2015-01-25
It works! King Ranch truck seats renewed!
It goes on like honey. I used a surgical glove and rubbed it into the leather. No residue or issues! The King Ranch truck seats look great! It's still dark in pics because it hasn't had long enough to dry but the results are clear. As an avid horse person I have used all kinds of leather cleaner on boots, saddles, & tack. This stuff is INCREDIBLE! I tried 2 other cleaners on the couch and leather honey absorbed right in and made it look fantastic! I was too excited about the drastic improvement to wait to write the review!! Thank you leather honey!!!
2 Stars By Jawad E. on 2015-08-15
Too good to be true
I bought this product along with the cleaner to refurbish my 2002 acura rl's leather interior. After cleaning with the cleaner, I dried the seats and applied conditioner with a sponge. I followed directions and rubbed in a good amount (see photos). I let it sit for 24hrs before wiping it off with a lint free cloth.
Results: The product was oily when applied, but came off clean. I was sad to see that the seats looked the exact same, and felt minimally more hydrated due to residual product. After a day went by, it looked the same as before I applied the product, except now my wallet was $15 short.
I see a lot of reviewers here who give great praise to this item, but dont overlook the "i received this product free/discounted" disclaimers. It seems the company does a good job of hyping this product. I gave it a chance with high hopes and was let down.
*shiny photos are the before, nonshiny are the after