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4-Ingredient DIY Leather Bag Polish

4-Ingredient DIY Leather Bag Polish

When you invest in a quality leather product, it’s worth your time to keep it looking - and feeling - great. Conditioning your leather is a crucial practice. A good conditioning polish will lubricate the leather fibers, protect the surface of the leather from stains, and enhance the shine and patina. Unfortunately, high quality leather polish and conditioner can be costly, so if you’re up for some DIY adventure, give this 4-ingredient homemade leather bag polish a try.



- Measuring cup

- Measuring spoons

- Medium saucepan

- Wooden spoon

- Tins to contain polish (heat-resistant plastic will also work)



- Solid Beeswax (protects)

- Coconut butter or Shea butter (conditions)

- Sweet almond oil (softens & moisturizes)

(substitute grapeseed oil if you have a nut allergy) 

- Castor oil (shines)



- Measure your ingredients using a [½ part butter : ½ part beeswax : 2 parts oil] ratio to start.


For example: 

- 2 Tbsp beeswax  

- 2 Tbsp coconut/shea butter

- ¼ cup sweet almond oil

- ¼ cup castor oil


- Melt beeswax and butter in medium saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly to avoid burning or boiling.

- Keep stirring and add the sweet almond oil.

- After sweet almond oil is fully blended, add castor oil. Stir until well blended.

- Continue to heat for 4-5 minutes, but do not allow it to boil.

- Pour mixture into empty tins, filling to about ⅛” from top and allow to cool.

You can adjust the ratio of your recipe depending on how firm you want your polish. More beeswax/butter will result in a firmer polish; more oil will result in softer. Most importantly, remember to always spot test any products - homemade or otherwise - in an inconspicuous area of your leather bag.



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