Keep in mind, real leather is a natural material, incredibly porous, and will never be completely waterproof. But there are a few ways to protect leather from water, which is the closest you’ll get to being able to waterproof it. One option is to use a spray protectant or other commercial waterproofing product designed specifically for leather. Another option is beeswax cream. Beeswax is a natural waterproofing solution and has been found to be very effective at waterproofing leather. Be sure to spot test your leather bag or leather shoes with whatever product you choose, as many will have a darkening effect.
Beeswax cream can be made at home if you’re feeling resourceful. Here’s how:
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 ounces beeswax
- Glass Jar
- Medium pan of cold water
- Clean, soft buffing cloth
Pour the extra virgin olive oil into the glass jar. Break the beeswax into pieces and add to jar. Place jar into a pan of cold water.
Warm the pan over the stove. Stir the mixture in the jar until the beeswax has completely melted into the olive oil.
Remove pan from heat. Carefully remove the hot jar from the pan. Continue to stir the wax/oil mixture until it cools and stiffens. Get comfortable; this will take anywhere from 10-20 minutes.
After the mixture has cooled and stiffened, spot test the cream on an inconspicuous area of the leather. Then, be sure to begin with clean leather, apply the cream, gently buffing the leather surface. Repeat to build up the waterproof protective coating.