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DIY Leather Conditioner in 5 Steps

DIY Leather Conditioner in 5 Steps

You’ve invested in a great leather bag or 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)

5 Step Instructions:

  • - Measure ingredients using a ratio of [½ part butter : ½ part beeswax : 2 parts oil] start. For example:
    • - 2 Tbsp coconut/shea butter
    • - 2 Tbsp beeswax
    • - ¼ cup sweet almond oil
    • - ¼ cup castor oil
  • - Melt butter and beeswax in 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 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.


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