It was a rough winter. Lots of snow, which meant lots of salt and Me, only wearing my snow boots when completely necessary, gave all my leather boots quite a beating.
Scratches, scuffs, and the salt - I have learned the hard way, you must clean the salt off your leather boots as soon as you get home because it eats away the leather, leaving wavy lines and ridges.
Leather Honey is a chemical free leather conditioner designed to soak into the leather's pores and give back moisture and flexibility. It also creates a water repellent barrier, and helps resist mildew. A family owned company, Leather Honey has been made in the USA for over 45 years. In addition to the conditioner, they also sell a leather cleaner, and both products can be used on all types of leather except suede.
When I was contacted by Leather Honey, I was eager for a chance to try out their product. My boots were in desperate need of some TLC after this winter.
I mixed up half a cup of the leather cleaner concentrate, and this was more than enough to tackle my three pairs of boots. They were already looking better. The labeling suggests that you should test the product on a small area first, I didn't bother with the boots, but I did have an experiment in mind; could the leather cleaner get the pen marks off my red Coach bag?
I tested a small area under the flap of the bag, and rubbed the ink mark. It would not budge, and the leather did lighten up a bit on the area I rubbed. I was not expecting a miracle and I was okay with the ink marks when I bought the bag, but I will say if you plan to use Leather Honey on colored leather DO test on a discrete area first!
After letting my boots dry for a couple of hours I returned to apply the conditioner. Leather Honey has a smell I would describe as soapy, and as the name implies, has the consistency of honey. I put a little bit on a microfiber cloth and started rubbing it into the leather. During the application it appeared very shiny on the leather, but after letting it sit overnight the appearance became more matte.
Not to my surprise, my highest quality leather boots ended up looking the best after their conditioning, but all three pairs have had luster restored and are looking ready to go for another winter. I tested out the water repellency and the water beaded up and rolled off. The salt damaged leather is less noticeable, and all my boots are nice and soft.
Leather Honey was easy to apply, non-toxic, and made my boots look great. I would definitely recommend this product, and will probably go through my closet and clean all of my leather with it.
Before Leather Honey
After Leather Honey (Even the scuff on the toe is a little less noticeable)
Testing how well they repel water
Ink mark on the red Coach bag after Leather Honey Cleaner (Minimal effect on the ink, lightened leather)
Migliorini boots after Leather Honey (Looking Gorgeous!)
Leather Honey provided me with the leather cleaner and conditioner for the purpose of this review. My views and opinions are my own.