Smith’s Leather Balm is the latest addition to our assortment, we’ve had lots of requests from customers who bought bags or leather accessories from us on how to look after them in the long term.
I was taking a picture of Nomad_ist’s red canvas Superior Labor Engineer Tote Bag yesterday (you’ll have seen it many times if you follow her on Instagram), when I noticed that the leather straps were starting to dry out. The Superior Labor oil the straps by hand when making the bags and this treatment lasts for a long time, but Nomad_ist’s has been all over the world, from air-conditioned airports to sunny beaches and has taken quite a beating from the elements during the past 2 years.
This was the perfect opportunity to try out Smith’s Leather Balm.
The Balm is made by Maine-based couple Shane and Mandy Smith using 100% natural and organic materials (cocoa butter, beeswax and almond oil) and is so devoid of chemicals and other harmful substances that you can actually rub it in by hand. In fact, thanks to the ingredients, it will even nourish your skin!
Here’s what I did:
Smiths recommend treating the leather once a year to extend it’s useful life, twice could be a good thing if you keep your leather items in a very dry environment. The balm also works very well on boots (Shane’s original use of it). I'll be trying it out on a pair of Alden Indy Boots next.
The finished product!
Get your tin of Smith's Leather Balm here.
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