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

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  • Ok, I am down on my knees BEGGING for the buttercream frosting/vanilla-scented conditioner! *sob* Ppplllleeeeeeeaaaase?!

    ;-) All drama aside, I am a vanilla lush and I actually love buttercream frosting-scented stuff even more than I love All Things Vanilla (if that's possible), so I would be a huge fan of the conditioner. I'm sure I'll be a fan regardless, but that would definitely push things over the edge.

    Let me know when the samples are ready! If I can swing the cost, I definitely want to buy a whole bunch so I can include one w/every sale (and get even more people in the Higher Standards fan club!).
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    • I'll be testing the sample jars later today!! Then to figure out cost, labeling, etc. This stuff is so much more complicated than I would have expected.

      Perhaps we can work a trade -- I think the Princess NEEDS one of your browbands!
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      • There you go! Just pack the soap with some minions instead of mints. I'm sure this won't affect your margins at all!
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        • I know, right?! This whole business thing is uber complicated and stuff. I thought I would be up and running MONTHS ago--but figuring out all the right tools/techniques, packaging, business cards, logo, pricing, shipping, marketing, etc. is like climbing Mt. Everest!

          I'm sure we can work something out, Libby! ;-)
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          • I would like to further report that I used the soap to clean my wearing-out Mountain Horse tall boots today. I am very fond of these boots as they are one of the few that fit me off the rack; they're not sleek and beautiful but they are the real deal!

            Anyway, took the soap to them today and they look better than they have in ages!
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            • I LOVE my Mountain Horse boots! Mine were lucky last night after my ride in the rain -- I came inside and finished up the last batch of conditioner I was working on and scraped the bowl clean, rubbing all the last bits into my boots They clean up pretty well!

              Ok, not so thrilled with the square jars -- several reasons, but my consultants seem to be voting them down. Would a different colored jar be enough to distinguish between soap and conditioner? Perhaps a white jar, rather than the blue? I wish the company made the right size lids in blue -- then I would do a white jar/blue lid, but that isn't available.

              I have Higher Standards ...do you? Find us on FB!
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              • A different color jar would be fine too.

                I vote for a brown sugar/vanilla scent!

                I want to be a conditioner tester!!
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                • Ordered my limited-edition "Confidence" late last week - holding out on cleaning my boots and half chaps until it arrives!

                  Eagerly awaiting the launch of the conditioner!
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                  • Originally posted by amastrike View Post

                    I vote for a brown sugar/vanilla scent!

                    I want to be a conditioner tester!!
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                    • Different color would be fine. Although to be honest...pretty easy to tell them appart when you open the jar.

                      Still, either a different color jar or different color lable would work well. I would think square would be hard to get all of the conditioner out.
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                      • I'd do same jars, different label for the conditioner. Keep it as streamlined as possible :-D.
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                        • Another happy customer

                          Got mine a week or two back (citrus ginger) and like everyone has said, it is great! Simple to use, gets the gunk off much easier than all the products I have tried, softens the leather and I swear it seems to help deter more build-up too (has anyone else noticed this?). I have let others at my barn try it b/c I like it so much.

                          Thanks Bensmom!


                          • I finally got around to using mine (I'm on a break from riding so no dirty tack) and I was very impressed. It did a great job (although the Butet saddle I was cleaning has been well maintained), left a beautiful sheen to the leather and left it nice and supple feeling. Its definitely one of my favorite products.

                            I vote for the blue jar with a different label, I love that cobalt blue and its very distinctive. I'm sorry the square one did not work out.


                            • How do we get on the list to be trial testers of the conditioner?!?!?!


                              • ditto Jo.


                                • Ahhh -- you guys are making me feel guilty!

                                  I have my sponsored riders testing the conditioner, as well as a person or two that participated in the FB contest. I am too swamped at this point to be able to do like I did with the soap in the beginning and send out testers to everyone. I'm so sorry

                                  Will it help if it is available for sale soon?!
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                                  • Original Poster

                                    Originally posted by JER View Post

                                    So, now that you've launched your soap and conditioner, do you think you could invent a Roomba-type thing that roams around the tack room at night and cleans tack?

                                    Thanks in advance.
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                                    • So are you leaving the conditioner natural (cocoa butter scented)?

                                      Because if you're not, and you're offering it in Vanilla (which I don't care for - too sweet) then you HAVE to offer it in, say, citrus/ginger, or grapefruit, or some other citrus-y scent (or rosemary / mint, that would be acceptable as well)

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                                      • Originally posted by Bensmom View Post
                                        Will it help if it is available for sale soon?!

                                        If we have to nail on talent, it's not talent.
                                        Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous


                                        • You know, I think a pair of cobalt blue round jars is very visually appealing. Different label, CONDITIONER written on the label, I don't care. Belvoir and (I believe) Devoucoux package their cleaner and conditioner in bottles that look very similar to each other but are differentiated by the words on the label. I think that is just fine and it has never presented a problem for me.
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