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

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  • Ok, I may have gotten the shipping incorrect -- perhaps I need some assistance. I ran the numbers to send it first class to Canada and that is the amount that USPS gave me. What I need to do is to have a volunteer to let me sell it direct and take the package to the post office and ship it in person and see what it will cost. PM me with your address and let's try it and see if it really ends up being that expensive.
    I have Higher Standards ...do you? Find us on FB!
    Higher Standards Custom Leather Care -- Handcrafted Saddle Soap


    • A Tale of the Confidence blend soap

      I'm chiming in with my test soap results.

      I asked Libby for the confidence blend tester.

      Last August I broke my back, so I haven't been able to ride. I expect to finally be cleared to get up again in a few weeks. The air conditioner broke, and all my tack turned exquisite shades of green- and I'm allergic to mold and mildew.

      Since I couldn't ride, I loaned my Trakhener mare, Wren, to a pony clubber who needed a project horse for getting her B rating. She has been working hard with her and formed a super partnership. While I've done a lot of training with Wren, she has never been shown. She is my alpha, and quite aware of everything going on around her.

      The first show, last weekend, was a schooling dressage show. I was fretting that the atmosphere would brighten up Wren too much. I knew that once she took in the scene and understood it, she would be fine. Can we say I wasn't confident?

      I took my newly arrived confidence soap to the show and introduced it to Wren. She liked the smell, so I surreptitiously cleaned her bridle with it, and left quite a bit on the inside of her noseband. Then I did a little "cleaning" of the inside of the rider's boots. I hit the halter as well. Finally, I inhaled as much as I could, since I was the nervous Nelly of the lot.

      When we took Wren up to the warm-up and competition area, she was calmly taking it all in, analyzing the cattle near by, the concession stand and looking for grass. Perfect!

      They were focused during the warm-up, in a cover-all arena. The temperature was dropping like a stone, the wind came up, and it started to rain. The competition ring was outdoors, near the young cattle, and all the hustle and bustle.

      When they did their tests, they improved in each one. Wren was trying hard to please her Young Rider, and I think enjoyed showing off her skills. They placed 3rd in their first test, first in the 2nd one, and added pizazz to win the freestyle. As we were leaving the show, we stopped to thank the organizer. She told us we couldn't leave quite yet, because Wren was Reserve Champion!

      While we could acknowledge all the hard work, training, excellent P.C. coaching, and a wonderful, caring, Young Rider, there was a key ingredient to the day's success- CONFIDENCE.
      Thank you for the confidence soap! those Higher Standards came through for us!
      Intermediate Riding Skills


      • Ok, actually doing the shipping label through Etsy to Australia it is coming up as $13 shipping, rather than $20, so I'm guessing I calculated incorrectly!

        Solarflare, I'm going to respond to your PM

        Whicker -- I'm so glad you had such a good experience! I'm thinking that perhaps the Confidence and Energy blends are something I need to do some work with!

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


        • Wheeee! We are now shipping internationally! I was able to figure that the shipping to Canada, when actually purchasing postage was much less expensive than the website had indicated, so there is a package leaving today for Australia and one for Canada. Yayyyyy!

          Thank all of you so much for helping me figure all these details out!
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          Higher Standards Custom Leather Care -- Handcrafted Saddle Soap


          • Yippee! I'm excited to be the Canadian guinea pig!

            I will report back when I receive the package about Customs/duty/taxes etc as well as a product review. I think we'll be duty-free since the soap is made in the US, and hopefully Customs won't decide to make me pay GST on it. I've had good luck recently with shipments zipping right through Customs with no issues, so fingers crossed.
            I've spent most of my life riding horses. The rest I've just wasted.


            • I've been using the soap for about two weeks now, and I'm really, really pleased with t. After the first use I said I thought it would be a good daily cleaner and was hoping that the conditioning aspects would work well for my very sad Edgewood bridle. They have- after 2 weeks of use, the bridle is noticeably darker and feels better to the touch when flexed. Unlike other products with a conditioner it doesn't leave my tack feeling sticky, so the bridle is no longer feeling like a dirt magnet.

              As for my saddle, which started out by pretending it hated this soap, I've been happy with the job this soap has done. Again it's done a nice job serving as a cleanser and light conditioner, and with repeated uses, it's pulled off some of the boot blacking that tends to rub off on the saddle that Castile soap had never done a brilliant job with.
              "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep." - Harry Dresden

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              Support my mom! She's gotta finance her retirement horse somehow.


              • Renn, thank you for reporting back! It is really helpful to get reviews when folks have been using it for a while. It is one thing to convince people to give it a try when it is something new, but it has to be a quality product to get them to want to continue using it, so while I love the immediate reviews, the ones where it has been in use a while are super important too!

                (and I'm thrilled that your saddle is no longer rejecting it! )

                solarflare -- I did decide not to include any candy in the packages going across the boarder -- I didn't want to do anything that might cause customs to be suspicious of the package!

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


                • I LOVE my soap! Got the rosemary mint! It has improved the look and feel of all my tack, bringing a soft, lustrous feel to even the older pieces. And I love how it cleans my hands as well while I'm cleaning tack! None of that dirt buildup around nail cuticles! I am a total skeptic when trying new things and I am impressed with this! Can't wait for the conditioning balm!


                  • First test batch of conditioning balm is out of the cookpot and setting up -- I made only one tiny container, because I was unsure of the texture. I have to go out of town for tonight, so I'm going to leave it and see how it has set up by the time I return tomorrow night and then I'll know if I need to mess with the recipe. I scented this with a little vanilla bean, and it smells good Also working on a recipe for an effervescent bit cleaner

                    This is such fun!

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                    Higher Standards Custom Leather Care -- Handcrafted Saddle Soap


                    • omg will definitely be purchasing some bit cleaner. Cleaning bits is probably my least favourite part of cleaning bridles, lol. I really need to just buy bit wipes. I hate cleaning them but I hate gross gunk on bits in my horses mouth even more.
                      "Choose to chance the rapids, and dare to dance the tides" - Garth Brooks
                      "With your permission, dear, I'll take my fences one at a time" - Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey


                      • I STILL love this stuff. I have been a tack cleaning maniac, something so unheard of for me. Plus, my boots, which I only wear for events or clinics, look like a million bucks. No polish needed, they are soft and gleaming! This stuff is my most favorite. Thanks, Libby. ;-)
                        Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


                        • Bensmom very kindly sent me a container of her soap nearly two months ago and I still haven't managed to clean any tack. Pathetic, I know. BUT I did use the soap to clean my leather sofa and it worked splendidly!!

                          I have a Great Dane that thinks the couch is his very own and he likes to rest there after eating. So one arm of the sofa gets covered with gooey drool - I swear there's some kind of super gluish component in this dog's drool. With my jar of Higher Standards soap and a damp rag in hand, I set to cleaning. Normally I use leather wipes and have to scrape and scrape at the dried drool to get it off. With this soap it came off MUCH easier and even better the leather feels and looks so much happier and better conditioned. Considering it's a 10-year old sofa that has been home to several different dogs, it's quite an achievement to restore it.

                          I'm somewhat inspired to clean some tack now! Most of mine is actually in pretty good shape, but I have a number of bridles that are dry moldy messes. I'll be interested to see if they return to useful form. I'm betting they will.
                          If you believe everything you read, better not read. -- Japanese Proverb


                          • How do I get some of this soap to try??? I sent one PM with shipping info, but never heard back. Bet OP is busy making soap!! Please...my tack needs some of this!!
                            Breeders of Painted Thoroughbreds and Uniquely Painted Irish Sport Horses in Northeast Oklahoma


                            • I stabled next to Pegususmom this weekend, and she let me try her tub of soap on a halter. LOVED it, it both cleaned and conditioned at the same time and felt and smelled so pleasant. I was delighted to find that Bensmom was sponsoring The Heart of the Carolina's Three Day Event and that a tub of soap was among the prizes my mare won. Thanks for supporting the long format with your sponsorship, and I'm very much looking forward to using the soap.
                              Hindsight bad, foresight good.


                              • My name is kch7238 and I am a tack freak. I clean tack probably more than I should and I have a mare that is sensitive to all kinds of things: shampoo, fly spray, etc. I have found that I can only use certain products with her. So, it was with some hesitation that I tried the scented Higher Standards tack cleaner. Imagine my surprise when my mare had no problem at all with the tack after I had cleaned it. Two thumbs up, Bensmom! I truly like and enjoy your product! But if you decide to produce an unscented product I would like to try it! Meanwhile, I am cleaning away with your product. Thank you!


                                • Originally posted by crosscreeksh View Post
                                  How do I get some of this soap to try??? I sent one PM with shipping info, but never heard back. Bet OP is busy making soap!! Please...my tack needs some of this!!
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                                  Gracious "Gracie," 2002 TB mare
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                                  • Badger!! Thank you for that report and I'm so glad you won some of the soap!!

                                    I was so happy to be able to work out a sponsorship with them -- someday, my goal would be to do the BN 3 Day == I hope you enjoy it, and congrats!!

                                    Crosscreeksh - I haven't shipped any additional samples, as I just haven't had time to see what, if any, I have left and to get them out. I do have it available for sale, and also one of our COTH'ers will have it at her online shop: www.thewholesomehorse.com -- At this time, I don't have plans to make any more of the sample sizes, but if my box of samples still has some I will let you know!

                                    Thank you guys so much -- pol, I'm proud of you for becoming a daily cleaner!! And very proud of Debbie for testing it on the Farley-drool -- gives me another market to explore!

                                    Kch -- Buzzy was allergic to everything, and while I won't issue any guarantees (the lawyer in me will not allow me to do so!) I feel pretty safe in saying that none of my sensitive skinned guys have had an issue, yet. Horses are always surprising me, though, so I'm not going to promise it will never happen!

                                    I'm out of town for a couple of days, but will return home tomorrow night to check on the balm test recipe --so we'll know more about that tomorrow too.
                                    COTH'ers are the BEST! Thank you guys!

                                    Last edited by Bensmom; May. 11, 2013, 06:38 PM.
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                                    Higher Standards Custom Leather Care -- Handcrafted Saddle Soap


                                    • Adding my accolades!!! Pretty much what everyone else said! It's amazing stuff and smells so good. And my hands are clean and not grimy.. and my tack is all pretty and shiny!


                                      • Thanks Libby-

                                        I will hopefully get it up on my website this week. Between poplar and Florida, I haven't been able to sit down and do it! I will be working on it ASAP!


                                        • Originally posted by Discobold View Post
                                          Well, I finally placed an order - Vanilla/Lavender for me and Citrus Ginger for another COTH-er
                                          Quoting myself It came on Saturday. I don't have time for a long review, but both the other COTH-er and I give it a thumbs up