So do you care well for your shoes, bags, furniture and other leather products? I recently received a box of natural leather care products free to review from Chambers complete with a microfibre lint free cloth. Time to give my walking boots and handbag some tlc.
The items I received are:-
1. Chambers Leather Balsam Clear – 200ml tub
2. Chambers Leather Foaming Cleaner – 500ml spray bottle
3. Chambers Leather Waterproofer – 100ml tin (for black leather)
4. Chambers Leather Conditioning Cream – 450 ml tub
The Balsam also comes in Vanilla and Lavender varieties too.
First up for attention, my walking boots. Although they haven’t been used much lately, as the boys aren’t keen on walking, these have given me good service. And I like to think that it is in part due to caring for them well. I can’t remember when I bought them, but at least 10 years ago, as I had this pair when I walked the Great Wall of China.
So a two-stage process for the boots, cleaning then waterproofing. The cleaner is in a spray pump bottle which foams up nicely on the cloth. You can easily see the difference in picture 3 above between a cleaned boot and the other boot which i hadn’t started. I then allowed time for it to dry. After cleaning, I then applied the waterproofer, but I must admit that I did struggle to open the tin and had to ask for help in the end. The instructions on the tin indicate that it requires heat after application for the waterproofing to become effective, so I gave it a good blow with my hairdrier. I wasn’t sure how long to do this step of the process for, so it would have been useful to have been given a time estimate on the instructions. Finally I buffed them up.
My boots certainly look much better now, but I haven’t had an opportunity to fully test out how waterproof they are. Roll on a wet wild wintry walk to find out. Did I really say that? I love summer and don’t want it to end.
And then my everyday handbag which takes a lot of strain, but I have to admit, hasn’t had any care from me since I purchased it about 7 months ago.
I didn’t think my bag needed cleaning, so I went straight to the conditioning step. The pot says that the balsam is good for hands too, so I doubled the test, by using my hands to apply it to my bag. And yes it did feel good on my hands. I left my bag for about 10 minutes for the oils to absorb as recommended on the instructions, before then buffing it with the lint-free cloth.
I was pleased with the results. I had been a little apprehensive before starting as I wasn’t 100% sure whether the surface of my bag was considered to be smooth, as it is slightly dimpled but that may just be due to the grain of the leather. My worry was due to the fact that the pot said that the product was suitable for smooth leather only.
The leather balsam currently retails at £9.75 for 200ml, the waterproofer at £7 for 100 ml and the cleaner at £7.50 for 500ml. Note that the products are not suitable for suede or nubuck.
I haven’t tested out the leather conditioning cream yet, but the large size tub means it will be great for furniture and other bigger items. It currently retails at £8.75 for 450 ml.
I loved how the products are 100% natural, produced from items like beeswax and coconut oil. Plus they are all made in England.
Chambers website is very new but they will be gradually adding lots of tips and information, so keep checking back.
And I’m hosting a rafflecopter competition to giveaway a set of leather care products courtesy of Chambers to one lucky winner. Prize value is £33 and you can choose your preferred variety of Balsam.
a Rafflecopter giveaway – Please click on the link to enter.
And you may see my other giveaways here.
I’d love to hear your top leather care tips.
Disclosure. This post is a review of products I was sent for free. All opinions are my own.