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

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  • First test was a success! I cleaned my bridle for the first time in, um, a while. I thought everyone was exaggerating about the "wipe on, wipe off" thing.... Yeah, they're not. The only part that required any effort was the inside of the hook stud loop where the bit sits. That had a thick layer of black gunk. With Lexol, I would have gone straight to the butter knife and/or toothbrush. Instead, I let the magic soap try before calling in reinforcements. Well, it took about 10 seconds of rubbing moderately (not hard, but not light). Boom, gunk gone!

    I found the scent to be much more lavender than vanilla, which is fine. The scent is not strong at all. If I held the soap close to my nose, I could smell it.

    I love the very minimal lather. Really sudsy soaps make me feel like I need to rinse my leather a ton. This stuff, I just wiped off the excess and it was fine. Of course, it helps to know that the soap is conditioning and I'm not going to damage the leather by leaving some soap on.

    I'm thinking about buying another one to keep at the barn. Bensmom, can I request vanilla citrus again?? If you make it, I'll go through it really fast and buy more and more!
    Against My Better Judgement: A blog about my new FLF OTTB
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    • Yay -I just ordered some! Super excited

      I just got a older CWD girth that is covered in grime and I ordered some of the soap specifically for this girth.

      I will test it as soon as I get it and will do a before and after shot.

      I have a feeling I have a really nice girth under all that dirt and residue!
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      • So glad you guys are happy!

        I've had requests for Vanilla/Citrus and Vanilla/Mint -- as well as for the confidence scent too.

        I'm wondering whether I ought to do a limited time scent where I do one for a little while, or whether to stick with the basic ones? Or whether to offer custom ones for a little bit more $?

        Thoughts?

        Thank you!!

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

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        • I think Limited Edition scents are a good idea! With custom scents, I think you're setting yourself up for a headache and people whining that their special scent isn't quite right.
          Against My Better Judgement: A blog about my new FLF OTTB
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          • Originally posted by Bensmom View Post
            So glad you guys are happy!

            I've had requests for Vanilla/Citrus and Vanilla/Mint -- as well as for the confidence scent too.

            I'm wondering whether I ought to do a limited time scent where I do one for a little while, or whether to stick with the basic ones? Or whether to offer custom ones for a little bit more $?

            Thoughts?

            Thank you!!

            Libby
            I think Limited Edition scents would be a great Marketing tool! You know, kind of like the McD's McRib sandwich... If it is only in supply once every so often, the excitement and demand really rises. I've never actually gotten the allure of the McRib (doesn't even sound appetizing enough to try one), but apparently the majority of people do so that was my best example and I've now gotten off topic...

            Your soap might be even better - people will stock up on a favorite scent if they know it might not be back for sale for another year! I'd love to order any of the three scents you just posted... in fact I've been kind of waiting for one of them to be available to place an order.

            I am still REALLY loving this soap and have become an every ride tack cleaner. THANK YOU for that. My mom has been trying to instill that in me since I was a kid...
            I have Higher Standards... do you?

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            • Darn you Bensmom!!

              I had my own little OCD tack cleaning routine that I was happy with until Discobold convinced me to try your soap.

              Now I have to come up with another routine because your soap is the best I've ever used!!

              I was a Leather Therapy user. I would wipe down my tack with it after each ride. I did use a one step process and didn't bother wiping the tack with a damp sponge after I cleaned it because it wasn't necessary with that product.

              Yesterday I tried to citrus ginger on a breastplate that looked in need of a Lederbalsam treatment. Even though this required a two step process, the tack looked and felt fantastic after I was finished! The breastplate was definitely much more supple and I can postpone the Lederbalsam for a while-so in essence, I may be saving an extra step!!

              I also noticed that on the flash noseband of the bridle, the dried gunk came off much more easily than with Leather Therapy. Same for the breastplate with lots of sweat!

              Your soap is an excellent product! Is there any chance you can eventually also have it available through Amazon? I get my credit card awards through Amazon and would love to buy it through them.

              When will we see you on Shark Tank haha?
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              • How bad is it that I have never even seen shark tank?!!

                I don't know anything about selling on Amazon -- I will add looking into adding that to my to-do list!

                I'm thinking the limited edition might work too -- and if I did any custom, it would have to be only for a big order, I think. I can't imagine trying to get a "scent" right for what someone had expected from long distance! Hmmmm -- so many exciting possibilities! Now I just have to get home early enough to test the bit cleaner and the conditioner on my own tack! Darn day job . . .

                So glad everyone is continuing to be pleasantly surprised!

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

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                • Got a question.

                  I'm sort of allergic to anything floral in perfume. Those scents send me into sneezing fits. I can tolerate musk scents and vanilla, but not citrus or mint. Haven't tried ginger. Lavender is definitely out.

                  I've been afraid to try the soap for fear of sneeze explosions.

                  Do y'all reckon there is a scent version that might work for me? It sounds too good not to try.

                  Unless the smell is integral to the quality, how about an unscented version?
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                  • Originally posted by vineyridge View Post
                    Got a question.

                    I'm sort of allergic to anything floral in perfume. Those scents send me into sneezing fits. I can tolerate musk scents and vanilla, but not citrus or mint. Haven't tried ginger. Lavender is definitely out.

                    I've been afraid to try the soap for fear of sneeze explosions.

                    Do y'all reckon there is a scent version that might work for me? It sounds too good not to try.

                    Unless the smell is integral to the quality, how about an unscented version?
                    I really can not smell it unless I put my nose right into it. The rosemary mint is my favorite--and the more powerful scent of all of them. The citrus ginger is really not a strong sent--not floral smelling to me.
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                    • viney -- I can make an unscented version and was planning to do that anyway. It is mild -- I've had a comment or two that it should smell more strongly, but I can't tolerate strong scents, especially when I'm hot or have a migraine, so it purposely isn't strong.
                      Last edited by Bensmom; May. 11, 2013, 05:37 PM.
                      I have Higher Standards ...do you? Find us on FB!
                      Higher Standards Custom Leather Care -- Handcrafted Saddle Soap

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                      • And the verdict is out!

                        I ADORE this soap, absolutely the best I have ever used! I used to be a Lexol/Leather Therapy kind of girl. I have tried pretty much everything out on the market. However, this is phenomenal! Minimal foaming/suds, lovely light scent, gets the deep dirt and grime off with ease and very little scrubbing, and best of all- it left my hands and my tack feeling clean and not that gross/grimy feeling!

                        So far I have used it on my CWD and Jaguar saddles that I used regularly. Then I decided to really put it to the test with my trainer's Tad Coffin that she has not ridden in/touched since last summer. It was filthy and moldy and this soap cleaned it right up with ease! Then today I used it on my Edgewood and my disgusting Frankenbridle that I school it. Beautiful and soft again!

                        Thank you, thank you, thank you Bensmom- I am a very happy customer! Highly recommend to everyone! Will be ordering more soon to keep at the barn so I can wipe my tack down everyday instead of weekly! (Also- I have tagged your Farm's FB on these pictures- please feel free to use them if you'd like!)

                        All saddles cleaned!
                        https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater

                        Tad Coffin before:
                        https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater

                        https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater

                        Tad Coffin after:
                        https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater

                        https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater

                        My gross bridle before and after:
                        https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater

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                        • Originally posted by Reminisce View Post
                          And the verdict is out!

                          I ADORE this soap, absolutely the best I have ever used! I used to be a Lexol/Leather Therapy kind of girl. I have tried pretty much everything out on the market. However, this is phenomenal! Minimal foaming/suds, lovely light scent, gets the deep dirt and grime off with ease and very little scrubbing, and best of all- it left my hands and my tack feeling clean and not that gross/grimy feeling!

                          So far I have used it on my CWD and Jaguar saddles that I used regularly. Then I decided to really put it to the test with my trainer's Tad Coffin that she has not ridden in/touched since last summer. It was filthy and moldy and this soap cleaned it right up with ease! Then today I used it on my Edgewood and my disgusting Frankenbridle that I school it. Beautiful and soft again!
                          Your before & after shots are amazing! Tell me honestly, how long did it take to clean the nasty Tad Coffin? Was it really as easy as rubbing on and wiping off? I definitely am going to get some of this remarkable soap but am just curious

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                          • Originally posted by TBPONY View Post
                            Your before & after shots are amazing! Tell me honestly, how long did it take to clean the nasty Tad Coffin? Was it really as easy as rubbing on and wiping off? I definitely am going to get some of this remarkable soap but am just curious
                            Thanks I'm glad you found my pictures helpful! The Tad Coffin was extremely easy to clean- literally wiped it on and wiped it off. Took me about 15-20 minutes. I let it dry and later that night followed up with some CWD leather conditioner since it was still a bit thirsty, but the soap definitely conditioned it a good bit! I did use a tooth pick around the TC buttons and on a few bits of stitching, but it did not take any elbow grease or scrubbing! This stuff is the real deal two thumbs up Bensmom!!

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                            • Thank you for the pictures!! I can't see them at work (darn day job again!) but can't wait to see them -- I will try to open on my phone.

                              So, so excited that everyone is pleased! I'm going to try the conditioner myself today, and make a lot more soap tonight, so that I can fill orders. My DH and I are going to need separate kitchens!

                              It really messes up your soap making plans when the kitchen sink floods and you have to vacate the area for the night. I have often joked that we needed to put a kitchen in his planned man-cave, for all his big cooking ventures, but I'm thinking I may need a separate building for soap making before long!

                              I know I sound like a broken record, but thank you all so much -- the advice and feedback is invaluable!!

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

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                              • Originally posted by Reminisce View Post
                                Thanks I'm glad you found my pictures helpful! The Tad Coffin was extremely easy to clean- literally wiped it on and wiped it off. Took me about 15-20 minutes. I let it dry and later that night followed up with some CWD leather conditioner since it was still a bit thirsty, but the soap definitely conditioned it a good bit! I did use a tooth pick around the TC buttons and on a few bits of stitching, but it did not take any elbow grease or scrubbing! This stuff is the real deal two thumbs up Bensmom!!
                                That's great news, thanks! I have a dingy old County saddle that hasn't been cleaned in several years so that will be my first project once I get the soap.

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                                • How do I order this? We need a link posted in a prominent place.

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                                  • Originally posted by ahbaumgardner View Post
                                    How do I order this? We need a link posted in a prominent place.
                                    The links are in Bensmom's signature line

                                    http://www.etsy.com/shop/HigherStandardsFarm

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                                    • Libby,

                                      I just ordered some today. Can't wait!
                                      Last edited by INoMrEd; May. 8, 2013, 06:54 PM.
                                      Libby

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                                      • I ordered mine today as well.

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                                        • So I am just seeing this now, do I have to read 20 pages to find out where to order? I love to clean tack and I have numerous leather cleaning products and would like to try this as well.

                                          Never mind, I found the website and just ordered two scents, citrus ginger and rosemary mint (just like my favorite Aveda shampoo!). I can't wait to try it.

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