You’ve invested in a great leather bag or a pair of boots, and you want to be sure they last. Applying a leather conditioner is crucial. A good leather conditioner or conditioning polish will lubricate the leather fibers, protect the surface of the leather from stains, and enhance the shine and patina. High-quality leather conditioner and polish can be easily purchased, but if you’re up for a homemade adventure, give this DIY leather conditioner a try.
- Medium saucepan
- Measuring cup
- Measuring spoons
- Wooden spoon
- Tins to contain conditioner (heat-resistant plastic will also work)
- Solid Beeswax (protects the leather)
- Coconut butter or Shea butter (conditions the leather)
- Sweet almond oil (softens & moisturizes the leather) *substitute grapeseed oil if you have a nut allergy
- Castor oil (shines the leather)
- Measure ingredients using a ratio of (½ part butter: ½ part beeswax: 2 parts oil) to start.
- 2 Tbsp coconut/shea butter
- 2 Tbsp beeswax
- ¼ cup sweet almond oil
- ¼ cup castor oil
- Melt butter and beeswax in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly to avoid burning or boiling.
- Keep stirring and add the sweet almond oil.
- After almond oil is fully blended, add castor oil. Stir until well blended, and continue to heat for 4-5 minutes, but do not allow it to boil.
- Pour mixture into empty tins, filling to about ⅛” from the top, and allow to cool.
You can adjust the ratio of your leather conditioner recipe depending on how firm you want your conditioner. More beeswax/butter will result in a firmer, more paste-like conditioner; more oil will make it softer. Most importantly, remember to always spot test any products - homemade or otherwise - in an inconspicuous area of your leather bag.