Disclaimer: I was sent this product for free, and all opinions are ones I have developed through my use of the product. I have not been paid or sponsored by anyone associated with this product. I encourage any potential customer to try the product themselves and develop their own opinion. I am just one person, one blogger, and one reviewer!
I was recently sent a product called “Leather Honey,” which I had actually never heard of or tried before. I was excited to try it because the cleaner actually has to be made. What I mean is that I had to dilute the cleaner in water to make my own cleaner mixture before I could use it on my saddle. This was super interesting to me, as I had never use a product like this before. The product also came with two lint free towels, which I found super helpful. Many cleaning products I’ve found have recommended using a lint-free cloth to clean, shine, or buff, but I have never one found that actually provided the lint-free cloth.
I decided to use this product on my original Butet which has unfortunately been sitting in my garage since I sold my green Arab, though hopefully it will be getting used again (that “hopefully” is to be continued…) I knew the Butet needed a clean, and I didn’t want to try a new leather cleaning product that I had never heard of or used before on my current saddle as I use it frequently and did not want it to get ruined.
My Butet, as you can see, isn’t in the greatest condition because a. it is not being used and b. it is sitting in my garage. It’s collected quite a bit of dust and basically needed some rescuing, so this was the perfect situation for a clean.
First, I diluted the leather cleaner in water as it stated to do on the instructions. I overestimated and made too much cleaner. If you’re going to just be cleaning a saddle, you might only need to do 1 tablespoon of the cleaner in 1 cup of water. If you’re doing a saddle and bridle or another piece of tack, then what I did (2 tablespoons of cleaner in 2 cups of water) would be appropriate. I stirred the mixture together, grabbed my cloth, and got to work.
The cleaner itself worked very well. It took off the dirt and grime and got my saddle looking shiny and new again. I liked the idea of the lint-free cloth. It didn’t leave any residue behind on my saddle. It just did its job which was to clean my saddle and rescue it from it’s depressing garage days.
Next, I moved onto the leather conditioner. Basically, you put some of the product onto another lint-free cloth (also provided to you), and apply it to the saddle in thin, even coats. If the leather is used (like my saddle was), the bottle recommends cleaning it first (which I did).
I applied the product, and to be honest, I was not a fan of it. It was very hard to smooth on, and it seemed quite sticky to me. It also seemed to be a bit streaky upon application. I was unsure of how it was going to look after leaving it on for two hours. I check the product’s website, and it suggested using the conditioner at room temperature or placing it in the microwave. I used it at room temperature, so maybe that was my mistake, but that is an option according to the website, so I feel like it shouldn’t have been as difficult to apply as it was. Applying it with the lint-free cloth was also a challenge. Again, It was difficult to smooth on, felt extremely sticky, and the lint-free cloth actually took away from the application rather than helped it. The cloth actually left residue behind that I had to wipe off myself.
Overall, did my saddle look restored, renewed, and better after I used both products? Yes. Would I use them again? Probably not. Here are my pros and cons.
- Innovative – you can choose how much you need instead of wasting a lot by spraying an already diluted solution onto the saddle.
- The product comes with a lint-free cloth which worked extremely well for the cleaning.
- It can be used on all types of leather except for suede, simulated leather, or vinyl.
- It can be used on more than just equestrian tack and apparel. The website advertises it as being use on car leather, furniture, motorcycles, and wallets.
- My saddle definitely looked restored, renewed, and clean after the cleaner.
- The product supposedly prevents the formation of mildew.
- It is non-toxic.
- A little goes a long way so it will last a long time, and it has no expiration date.
- It is a lot of extra effort. You have to actually dilute the cleaner concentrate yourself, and if it’s your first time using it (and you haven’t read this blog), you run the risk of using too much and wasting the product – if you like it and want to use it again.
- I found the conditioner to be sticky and difficult to apply.
- I found that the lint-free cloth did not work well with the conditioner and actually left residue on my saddle that I had to wipe off while I was applying the conditioner.
- The conditioner itself was streaky upon application.
Leather Honey did make my saddle look good and removed all the build-up and dirt that has been sitting on it since it found its new home in my garage in September, but I think that I will be sticking to my preferred cleaner and conditioner. However, if you like the idea of Leather Honey, and would like to try it yourself, you can check out their website to purchase the products here. Additionally, while this product was not for me personally, it does have tons of happy customers and has been in business since 1968.