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What is your favorite leather conditioner?

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  • #21
    Effax Lederbalsam, used after the Ledercombi.

    Love it, smells great, and not greasy if not overused.


    • #22
      Leather Therapy Conditioner is AWESOME, it conditions great, softensa very well, and tack never molds if you use it just once a year.. the soap is a tiny bit greasy. but not any worse than murphy's or the lederbalsams

      I DIP new bridles in the conditioner...then let them drip
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      • #23
        I really like the Carr & Day & Martin Leather Balsam for conditioning, though for some reason my husband can't stand the smell. For cleaning I use Tattersalls.

        I've been resurrecting some old bridles that were sitting in a basement for twenty years and this routine, plus a couple of initial coatings of Pessoa leather oil, has worked wonders.


        • #24
          Has anyone heard of one called BlackRock Leather 'N' Rich? I took a saddle I am possibly buying to our local leather repair/western saddle maker to evaulate the condition of the leather which is pretty dry. He recommended using this stuff on it. Before talking to him I was planning on using Passier, but now don't know what would be better to use. Here is a link to the product http://workingperson.com/review/prod.../category/484/


          • #25
            I love Effax. It has brought back some leather products I thought I was just going to have to throw away. Will soften and recondition pretty much anything, and keep them that way for a long time. I have a lot of tack so much of it is in a tack trunk or bridle bag most of the time. I always clean and condition (with effax) all leather products before I put them away for any period of time and 99% of the time I pull them out and they look and feel like I just put them in there.


            • #26
              Originally posted by jn4jenny View Post
              Anything with "Leder" in the name is going to be roughly the same stuff
              "Leder" just means "leather". Perhaps anything with the word "balsalm" in the name is more similar.

              I'm a fan of Effax. Ledercombi, Ledersoft, and Lederbalsalm.


              • #27
                Originally posted by baymare View Post
                Hydrophane. Use sparingly.
                Me too.... I thought I would be the only one. I have a 35 year old saddle that I am still riding in today.... only used Hydrophane. I have really old bridles too and they are still kicking and look great.

                I have always heard that it will rot the stiching... so far so good.
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                • #28
                  Akene, hands-down. I've tried the Passier, and hated it.

                  Blackrock is okay... I've used it in the past, but Akene is FAR superior.

                  I like Tattersall's, MOSS, and Kirk's Castile for cleaning.
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                  Founder, Higher Standards Leather Care Addicts Anonymous


                  • #29
                    I keep many products on hand and rotate them depending on the current condition of the particular piece of tack, but I LOVE both the Akene and the Effax ledderbalsam. I don't use them, however, as much as I use the Leather Therapy, which I find penetrates deeper and is less of a "buff" than the other two.

                    For oil, no product compares to the Effax Leddersoft. It's like the difference between $5 olive oil and $50 olive oil. So, fine, when you put it on your finger it penetrates right in without making your fingers oily.


                    • #30
                      Pharmaka Bienenswax. It is made from bee's wax.


                      • #31
                        I clean with Effax Ledercombi
                        condition with Antares cream conditioner from Smartpak
                        and use the Effax lederbalsm on a bi-weekly (ish) basis for a more heavy duty conditioning.


                        • #32
                          LOVE the Effax Lederbalsam! Love the smell, works great, and your saddle will look soooo beautiful when you are done. Agree with all the previous - use very sparingly.
                          Dappled Grey

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                          • #33
                            I agree with those who use bee's wax!! It's the best! So much better than oiling, especially for saddles


                            • #34
                              CWD I love that stuff, if not I use Passier.


                              • #35
                                Originally posted by bazinga View Post
                                CWD I love that stuff, if not I use Passier.

                                I agree, love the CWD cream conditioner, it also darkens beautifully. Their liquid glycerine is also super.


                                • #36
                                  I realize this thread has not been touch since last year but I have a question for all the people using the Effax Lederbalsam.
                                  where do you buy it ?
                                  I use to buy some everytime I went back to France, because out here I could not find a place that sell it, and I swear buy it, wont use anything else! It has been 12 years and my leather is like new, I use it on my saddle, bridle, reins, half chaps and boots, everything leather


                                  • #37
                                    I buy Effax Lederbalsam in any of our local tack shops, but Dover carries a full line of Effax products and you can probably find it at most of the mail order tack shops.


                                    • #38
                                      I use glycerin soap daily, and horsemans one step once a week. Im a newb to the horsemans one step, but I really really love it, and it will forever remain in my tack cleaning supply now.


                                      • #39
                                        Originally posted by Personal Champ View Post
                                        Effax Lederbalsam, used after the Ledercombi.

                                        Love it, smells great, and not greasy if not overused.
                                        I cast another vote for Effax Lederbalsam.


                                        • #40
                                          CWD or passier