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It finally happened - Found a tack cleaning product that I LOVE!!! (Found another!)

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  • It finally happened - Found a tack cleaning product that I LOVE!!! (Found another!)

    After having tried MANY tack cleaning and conditioning products, I have finally found one that I love!

    I don't like runny conditioners, I try to minimize my use of oil (except to darken quickly), and I hate waxy "conditioners" (I feel like they leave too much residue, even when used in small amounts, and I hate the feel on my hands).

    With some hesitation (because I have been disappointed in so many products), I decided to try the Akene conditioner from Beval, based partly on reviews here - and I LOVE it! It smells alright, it's not runny like Leather Therapy, not waxy like Passier and Oakwood, and it's definitely not an oil - it's exactly what I was looking for.

    I love the creamy consistency that rubs in easily, and I could actually feel (and see) my new bridle softening up as I used the Akene. Best of all, it's not the least bit waxy.

    I also purchased the cleaner... can't wait to try it on my saddle tonight, (followed by the conditioner)! I'll post a follow-up of that! See post somewhere below for Akene cleaner review


    Just for reference, other products I have tried and not loved include:
    Passier Sattelseife
    Passier Lederbalsam
    Leather Therapy Cleaner
    Leather Therapy Conditioner
    Plain old glycerine bar (Meh)
    Lexol Cleaner
    Lexol Conditioner
    Oakwood Conditioner
    Effax LederCombi
    Effax LederSoft
    LeatherNew foamy cleaner
    LeatherNew (some other spray)
    Hydrophane Darkening Oil (Fine for darkening, not bad as far as oils go, but I don't really care for oils)
    Tanner's Oil

    UPDATE - I have now also tried MOSS, and love that, too! Post #56
    Last edited by pattnic; Mar. 10, 2009, 10:03 AM.
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  • #2
    Akene is my favorite conditioner, I would be interested in hearing how you like their soap/cleanser which I have not tried yet.

    BTW have you tried the Amerigo products yet? I like their Soft Clean a lot (although I think its similar to Leder Combi which I love and you don't care for), and have heard some very good reviews about their Soft Oil and Soft Balm.


    • #3
      i love akene!! ive been using it for probably four? years since i got my saddle.. i also use mad cow, which they sell at my local tack store and leather new (as recomended by the people at beval to clean my saddle, of course that was before the akene cleaner came out). i would love to hear how you like the cleaner.. if you dont like that you should try mad cow.


      • #4
        I am an Akene freak!! I clean my tack with Supple (the only saddle soap I've ever liked) and then use Akene once to twice a week depending on how my tack looks. I won't use anything else!
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        • #5
          The secret is out! We've been using Akene to soften/break in new tack before sending it home with it's new owner. You let the cat out of the bag.


          • #6
            What ever happened to Tattersall? I really liked it. Does it still exist?
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            • #7
              Thanks for the list...I thought it was just my bottle of Leather Therapy that was runny! I won't buy that product again... I love Akene too.


              • #8
                I don't like the Akene cleaner one bit, but might just have to try the conditioner.

                Yep-- still make Tattersall. I know Bit of Britain has it in their catalog.


                • #9
                  You must try Tattersal sometime! I have the Akene cleaning product from Bevals that came with my old Butet. I like it alot on saddles, but I'm not crazy about it on bridles and martingales. Tattersal is my favorite.
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                  • #10
                    I like the plain 'ol Armor All Leather care(for leather car seats, furniture, leather shoes, ect).
                    It polishes/supples wonderfully and is always easy to find

                    I've found that I like the Albion leather balm too
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                    • #11
                      Another vote for Tattersall! You should try that as well.


                      • #12
                        I like the Oakwood cream.


                        • #13
                          Hey everyone, what would be best for a really dirty, old (not cleaned much) work bridle?
                          It's gunky!!!?????
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by florida foxhunter View Post
                            Hey everyone, what would be best for a really dirty, old (not cleaned much) work bridle?
                            It's gunky!!!?????
                            Fiebings saddle soap & then oil, or cream conditner.


                            • Original Poster

                              Okay, tried the Akene cleaner on my bridle this evening; not so much a fan of it. Dye was coming off both my bridle (Beval Stamford French oak color) and my flash (Nunn Finer)... not sure if it's from the soap, or it's crappy dye, but my hand is kinda orange now.
                              I'm considering trying it on my saddle tomorrow, but unless it's amazing, I'm really thinking it's a no-go.

                              If anyone is interested in it, let me know.

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                              eqrider - What version of LeatherNew do you use? Maybe it's worth a second look
                              TackShopGal - Sorry to spill your secret! But I'm glad I know!

                              I think I will put Tattersall next on my list to try...
                              Has anyone tried the Belvoir spray cleaner?
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                              • #16
                                I'm a huge fan of the Amerigo products. Highly recommend them.
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                                • #17
                                  Tattersall fan

                                  Originally posted by chunky munky View Post
                                  What ever happened to Tattersall? I really liked it. Does it still exist?
                                  Recently tossed some leather cleaner in the trash because it was too watery. I bought it only because my favorite - Tattersall - was not in stock at the local tack shop. Went back over the weekend to see if Tattersall was there and yes! Was delighted to find several cans in stock. I love this stuff more than any other leather care product. If I have one complaint it is that sometimes it smells a bit like alcohol when you open the tin (I do not store the sponge inside the tin). I can put up with that since it makes the leather look/feel nice.
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                                  • #18
                                    I am scared to deviate from my regimen, but curious about the Akene...

                                    For cleaning (especially very dirty bridles) I use ammonia diluted with water and a washrag. I also use this in combination with castille soap, being careful to really get the dirt/soap off after cleaning. On less dirty tack, I clean with Tattersol soap.

                                    For conditioning, I use minimal amounts of gylcerine soap (currenting trying the Day and Martin. It smells awesome but otherwise seems the be the same as cheapo glycerine soap) and Effax Lederbalsam (also used sparingly, and not every cleaning)

                                    For breaking in/darkening, I use Hydrophane oil.
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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by pattnic View Post
                                      Has anyone tried the Belvoir spray cleaner?
                                      I found it to have a sticky residue, so didn't love it.

                                      I also love Tattersall! You can get it from Dover.


                                      • #20
                                        For soaps, I love the Moss ones They smell yummy and don't seem to leave the residue that glycerine soaps do.

                                        For really dirty stuff I just use Castile soap.

                                        This conditioner sounds interesting, though- I haven't been super thrilled with the products I have, and do love trying new ones
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