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

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  • Just hit my saddle with it and my saddle looks awesome. Thanks bensmom!

    (your bridle is in the mail-- PO says look for it on friday )
    Originally posted by PeanutButterPony
    you can shackle your pony to a lawn chair at the show...so long as its in a conservative color.


    • I had just cleaned my tack for an event right before I got the soap, so nothing is super dirty, but I did clean my martingale yesterday. Very happy! No residue, which is usually my main complaint with other brands. Hope to have time this coming week to really put it to the test. I'm cleaning up a bunch of old stuff to put on Craigslist
      "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George


      • I finally finished cleaning all of my tack with the soap - i'm officially hooked! It goes on wonderfully and got all of the sticky gross stuff off of my tall boots.


        I shared your website link on another forum with my review so hopefully the word will spread. :-)


        • Libby,

          The one concern I always have about scented products is attracting bugs, especially bees and yellow jackets, in the summer time. For that reason, an unscented version might be nice, especially for someone with a bad allergy to bees (or a horse that might not like them buzzing around their face). Otherwise, I love scents!


          • Originally posted by mountainbells View Post

            The one concern I always have about scented products is attracting bugs, especially bees and yellow jackets, in the summer time. For that reason, an unscented version might be nice, especially for someone with a bad allergy to bees (or a horse that might not like them buzzing around their face). Otherwise, I love scents!
            That's a good point, but the one I got (vanilla..something..it's in the barn) does not have an overly sweet smell, and the fragrance it does have is very mild.
            "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George


            • Just ordered mine today, hope to get it soon, as I have a BNT clinic in two weeks...My tack needs a good cleaning, so I'll wait for it and let you know...


              • 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.
                Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


                • Yeah- when Confidence comes out, just put one in my cart...I need that stuff!

                  Aromatherapy and horses seem to go hand in hand. Add my Daniel Stewart "C's" phrases that I use, and maybe, just maybe one day I might head out there again. Will there ever be another Taco in my life???


                  • Tried the soap today, I didn't understand if I was supposed to wet the sponge or not, this thread has cleared that up. Will try again with a damp sponge, today it was dry, so felt more like I was conditioning than cleaning. I like the scent, not too overpowering. So will report back in once I actually use the product properly!


                    • Okay, you all have persuaded me to try it too! Nothing like great saddle soap...
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                      • Just got mine...LOVE it. Yes there is a scent...but not strong at all (I like all the ones I got!). You can smell it if you put your nose into it...but it isn't overpowering at all. I can't smell it on my hands after cleaning some VERY dirty boots.

                        It cut through the mud and grime on my boots easily and now the leather of the boots is looking really good. A++++ product.

                        I'll be ordering more for sure!
                        ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **


                        • Originally posted by Bensmom View Post
                          Ah, well -- I made the "confidence" scent as a tester scent, and don't have any made up in the "real" jars. I will be glad to toss one in and you can let me know what you think when you order! Make sure and let me know that you want to try that one -- it is a citrus rosemary scent
                          Thanks a bunch for tossing in a tester! I really appreciate it! I just placed an order. I guess I picked the other citrus scent too! I'm super excited to try this stuff after all of the rave reviews!


                          • Originally posted by Bensmom View Post
                            Oh, that is easy! I had impossible standards such as wanting my horses to have adequate hay, clean water and a relatively safe place to live
                            Well, geez, what an OCD holier-than-though muckity-muck. Adequate hay?! CLEAN water? What do you think, people are made of money? And a safe place to live? Snobbery!

                            I've faced similar situations and left barns because of substandard care (or even not-quite-up-to-my-standards care). I've determined that I HAVE to do part-board because otherwise I will never be happy--I don't want to pay full board and have to pick my stall/paddock every day, buy extra hay and shavings, etc. It's just not worth the hassle. I want my horse to have hay 24/7, enough grain to cover his nutritional needs, lots of turnout, etc. Since nobody else does things to my standard, I just have to do it myself!

                            And as an aside, I think we should start a COTHers Etsy group!
                            Topline Leather -- Bespoke, handwoven browbands & accessories customized with Swarovski crystals, gemstones, & glass seed beads. The original crystal braid & crystal spike browbands!


                            • If you guys start one, please let me know!
                              COTH's official mini-donk enabler

                              "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl


                              • Well, Equus' March edition printed an article about aromatherapy and horses, and research showed that LAVENDER calms them
                                COTH's official mini-donk enabler

                                "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl


                                • Originally posted by Frizzle View Post

                                  And as an aside, I think we should start a COTHers Etsy group!
                                  Or at least a COTH Etsy Treasury. I wonder if there is a way to do that....I'm etsy obsessed.
                                  - JK Sporthorses -


                                  • People Soap is not a bad idea..I actually order my personal soap from a small boutique soap maker in the West. I love the Lavander soap w/ actual Lavander heads in it!! and gift soaps to friends...PM me your saddle soap orer info..I love anything that works and smells nice...


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Signing up now to be a people soap tester
                                      Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.

                                      The Grove at Five Points


                                      • FWIW, my boarders are RAVING about this stuff! I was cleaning tack last night with a couple of them, and they were thrilled with it, saying everything everyone has been saying- soft, not sticky, shiny, smells great but not too much. I'm sending them the etsy link.


                                        • Hmm -- ACME - if it turns out safe, I will be glad to share it, but the people soap worries me a little bit! A lot of the recipes I've studied are pretty different from what I do, and I think I'm going to experiment some and see what happens.

                                          My BFF's mother has requested the Rosemary scent in a people soap, and frankly, the ingredients for good leather care (which is, after all, *skin* ) are not that different from what makes good people soap, so I'm going to make a few changes, add some abrasive stuff to make it good for scrubbing barn/gardening dirty hands and see what happens! I probably have a lot to learn there

                                          YB -- I'm so glad your peeps are happy with it! I was thinking about what people said yesterday about other products leaving their hands smelling bad -- and it occurred to me then -- if it leaves a residue on your hands that is yucky, how good can it be for leather? I had not noticed that with other products, 'cause I've been making this for myself for so long, but this thread really got me thinking!

                                          JBRP -- There is a clickable link in my sig

                                          Thank you guys so much!!

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