I am doing a series of reviews on the natural (and awesome) products sent to me from The Simple Equine. The sixth product to be reviewed is The Simple Equine Love My Leather Balsam. This is one of her most popular products and is as kind on your hands as it is on the leather you’re treating.
Like the other products from The Simple Equine, it is full of quality natural ingredients that are safe for your horse and for you! This particular product addresses a big pet peeve of mine with leather products…it’s not sticky! A balsam that isn’t sticky?!? You might be dubious…but it’s really not. It’s texture is similar to the Barn Hands Be Gone Salve that I previously reviewed. It says on the instructions to apply it with a sponge or rag…but I don’t. I use my hands. The texture is on the slightly firm side in the jar, but when you scrape a bit out into your hands and rub it around, it melts perfectly. Because of this it’s really easy to rub all over the leather (just like you’d rub lotion on your skin). Because it’s not sticky, it doesn’t attract dirt and it doesn’t make you want to immediately wash your hands, which is great because it’s good for your hands too! I will then buff it with a cloth to get any excess off if I put too much on.
It gives leather a really nice shine and when used over time will really help to soften and condition leather. I used it to break in my new bridle from Lund Saddlery with great results! The leather is now soft and supple, but still looks shiny and new! Love it!
The only thing I noticed about it is that it does tend to leave some white residue in the stitching in areas where I applied too much. It’s not hard to remove the residue, but it is there. So that gives it a little ding from being perfect. It smells a bit like almond, which I don’t love…but it’s not terrible. It’s also a bit pricey, as most leather balsams are, however a little bit goes a long way with this one if you use your hands to apply and it’s a good value.
All in all this is an impressive leather balsam and I have no concerns about using it on my quality leather goods. It is so good that it is the leather care product recommended by Equus Couture (and you just know she’s picky about what she uses…just look at the products she makes!).
If you’re looking for some leather care that’s good for you and your leather you cannot go wrong with The Simple Equine’s Love My Leather Balsam!