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Bensmom saddle soap - the review thread (if that's okay with Bensmom)

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  • If any of y'all are on Twitter, please follow HSLC there and feel free to tweet/mention/tag @HSLeatherCare and tell the world how you feel about the soap! And, as Libby has in her sig... facebook.com/higherstandardsfarm

    Thanks for loving Libby's soap! Tweet, Follow, Like, and Post!
    I have Higher Standards... do you?
    Apalachicola Native (Alfie), '02 TB Gelding,
    Wild Man of Borneo (Hank), '03 Redtick coonhound,
    Augustus McRae (Gus), '01 Bluetick coonhound


    • Libby-Your post made ME teary...I bought Mikey 2 months after my Mum died from a stroke, wintertime 2001. He was SO NEEDY he helped fill a huge empty place in my life and same thing as Buzz, *no* body has ever taught me as much as Mikey did, poor guy.
      Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


      • Ordered mine last night--can't wait to try it!

        What about a liquid hand soap and/or body wash? I really prefer liquid to bar, although I do love Lush's soaps (they have a few body washes, but they're not nearly as nice as the soaps!).

        A good leather balsam/conditioner would also be nice.
        Topline Leather -- Bespoke, handwoven browbands & accessories customized with Swarovski crystals, gemstones, & glass seed beads. The original crystal braid & crystal spike browbands!


        • Awwwww -- I think they do find us for a reason

          Ok, folks!! People soap is much, much harder! I've come up with something I like, but it will be a long time before it is ready for prime time . . . I did a rosemary gardeners type soap this afternoon, and then an antiseptic soap for a friend that is convinced that Pine Oil wil cure any ill -- I was able to make her some soap with that -- I'm certain she will gift her children with a "first aid" soap!

          Fun, but frustrating too -- hard to get my mix-ins to do right. But my kitchen smells lovely.

          Tomorrow, it is back to making saddle soap, which I *know* how to do!

          Hopefully, lots of folks will get theirs tomorrow and Tuesday!

          I have Higher Standards ...do you? Find us on FB!
          Higher Standards Custom Leather Care -- Handcrafted Saddle Soap


          • Finally got around to testing my sample out (work, school and cramming kept me pretty busy). Anyway I had purchased three bridles off ebay. One was basically useless since the padding was severely dry rotted. I thought the other two were only very dry and would be mostly useable.

            So yesterday I took one of the remaining two to dismantle and clean. Well I found dry rot on the straps beneath all the buckles and keepers and the browband is the only things useable.

            I used the saddle soap on the browband and was extremely pleased and surprised with how much it helped to restore the dry leather. While it will still need some oil and conditioning, this saddle soap helped out immensely and will definitely become a staple in my leather care kit!!!
            The Sempiternal Horse


            • Originally posted by RiverBendPol View Post
              I don't have mine YET but I ALWAYS go for unscented everything when there is a choice. I have to admit, I had a hard time figuring out which scent to order bc I have such a dislike for smelly stuff. Then I decided to buy the citrus for Buzz bc I think I remember Buzz was in trouble when Mikey was struggling. When my package arrives I'll let you know what The Nose thinks.
              I also have the nose of a bloodhound and hate almost every scent available for every product horsey or otherwise. So please do reply once you've used your citrus bar! I'm interested to hear how it works and if it's offensive to your sensitive sniffer


              • Will be placing my order on Friday. Hmmm, now what scent to choose?
                <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


                • I ordered some just now. Can't wait to get it!
                  Fox Haven Farm, Inc.
                  Home of 2002 JC Registered stallion Artrageous

                  Artrageous has his own Facebook page!


                  • Mine came in the mail today!! Of course I was on my way out, but got home and immediately picked a grungy piece of tack from the unused/dirty tack bucket in my garage. Really loved the saddle soap. Scent is nice but in no way strong/overpowering, I got lavender/vanilla. I used a decently damp sponge. Breastplate I did cleaned up really well. This particular piece probably needs a decent coating of oil/leaderbalsm just because of being neglected in my garage for so long. Can't wait to use it on my barn tack!!
                    Photos of the breastplate: https://m.facebook.com/shelly.hatchp..._user=21308174
                    Bensmom, so you think it's OK to store the damp sponge in the container?
                    Custom Painted Brushes: spcustombrushes@gmail.com


                    • I'm ordering mine now! I can't wait!


                      • Oh, thank you guys!!

                        Carolinagirl -- thank you for the photos!! I did get a report today that one lid (the silver ones -- the ones I used this time in order to fill the order as quickly as possible) did crack in transit.

                        Did anyone else have any issues with that? I need to keep track of it, as I will need to ship in boxes instead of padded envelopes if the jars don't hold up well in shipping.

                        Also, I do leave my sponge in the jar -- it probably makes it dissolve faster, so I ought to encourage all of you to do the same, so you'll have to order more soap faster!!

                        Actually, I don't know if it has any effect on how long the soap lasts, but as long as the container I'm using (I've poured up into any number of containers over the years) has room for the sponge, I leave it in there.

                        I can't wait to see what other reviewers think! I shipped a lot at the end of last week, so they ought to arrive today and tomorrow.

                        I have Higher Standards ...do you? Find us on FB!
                        Higher Standards Custom Leather Care -- Handcrafted Saddle Soap


                        • My container and candies (nice little treat!!) arrived safely.
                          Custom Painted Brushes: spcustombrushes@gmail.com


                          • So did mine! I can't wait to try it out on my paddock boots tomorrow
                            Freedom is the ability not to care what the other person thinks...

                            Got air?! Member of the Asthmatic Riders Clique


                            • I got mine today! I don't think I've ever been so excited to clean tack! Ditto all the other positive reviews thus far. I really appreciate how it doesn't leave that gummy, icky residue on your hands. The soap cleaned up my saddle and girth nicely, but the real test was the reins on my schooling bridle. They are pretty cheap and stiff and get disgusting every ride. Usually plain glycerine softens the crud enough that I can scrub it off. However, with this soap, I could actually see it breaking down the yuck. I just had to gently rub the sponge on the reins to clean them instead of scrubbing really hard. Afterward my cheapie reins actually felt nicer than they ever have! My girth and saddle needed a light layer of lederbalsam, simply because it's been so long since I cleaned them. Usually I need to soak my tack in gobs of conditioner, but I only needed a little after this soap. VERY pleased!! Thank you!

                              My jar had a silver lid and shipped fine. I got the citrus ginger which is a very mild, but pleasant, scent. As a bonus, these jars nest perfectly on top of the Effax Lederbalsam jars!
                              "Last time I picked your feet, you broke my toe!"


                              • Mine came yesterday!

                                As previously reported, this soap does melt that grey scum off the reins and you can rub it off with very little effort. My worst problem was the sponge got very dirty quickly. And I wipe my bridle down with a damp rag almost every time I use it.

                                My only issue was I got the top of the jar wet, and the name and all the information on top was wiped off, and now it is a plain white top. I found a sharpie and wrote the website on the jar so when I use this up, I will be sure to be able to get more.

                                Good stuff.


                                • Oh, clk -- that is one issue I was really worried about! Which is why I'm talking with someone to be able to design and order some labels that will be waterproof!

                                  I did make sure to include all the contact info on the sheet with the directions -- did the directions make sense and were they helpful?

                                  Knowing what to include is a real learning process! Also, I need to be able to do some sort of packing slip/receipt . . .

                                  But, learning all this is fun!

                                  Thank you guys!

                                  I have Higher Standards ...do you? Find us on FB!
                                  Higher Standards Custom Leather Care -- Handcrafted Saddle Soap


                                  • Originally posted by Bensmom View Post
                                    I did make sure to include all the contact info on the sheet with the directions -- did the directions make sense and were they helpful?

                                    Knowing what to include is a real learning process! Also, I need to be able to do some sort of packing slip/receipt . . .
                                    I thought the directions were helpful, but would have preferred them in a bulleted format for easy skimming. I also didn't bring the card with me to the barn, so when I went to start cleaning my tack, I thought I remembered the directions well enough, but did check to see if they were included on the jar anywhere. Once you figure out waterproof labels, perhaps adding simple directions on a bottom label would be nice? They can be broken down to as simple as: 1. Apply with thoroughly damp sponge, 2. Wipe off suds & residue and allow to dry, 3. (optional) For dry tack, apply a light coat of conditioner, 4. Enjoy!

                                    I cleaned off my dry, old, Danskos before going to work this morning and this soap has breathed some life into these beaters! Obsessed!
                                    "Last time I picked your feet, you broke my toe!"


                                    • After reading all the wonderful comments, I just placed my order.


                                      • ME TOO!!!!

                                        Originally posted by ACMEeventing View Post
                                        Signing up now to be a people soap tester


                                        • Its here! I used it quickly last night and I love it! I did get a little teary when I saw the label. Boooo, Buzzy! Thank you Libby!!
                                          Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.