My every day purse (and by every day, I mean every day for the last 6 years (!) was looking sad and dry and in need of some TLC:
As soon as I saw Humblebee and Me’s post about concocting your own leather balm, I knew I had to make it for my purse.
It was super simple — just:
25g cocoa butter
50g sweet almond oil (or other not-too-greasy liquid oil)
which you melt in a double boiler type set up (I just put my tin in a shallow pan of water and it worked great) and cool to harden.
I used a tiny round tin that tea was in to replicate the tinned shoe polish look!
I am happy to say that this stuff works GREAT! I rubbed it in with an old rag, let it sit a little, then went over the purse with a fresh clean rag to take off any excess (it was so dry that there wasn’t much excess). Look how nice my bag now looks — it gleams!
I was so excited that I rounded up every leather item in my possession (two other bags, a few pairs of shoes, a few pairs of boots) and gave them a treatment. It only took a half hour and everything looks gorgeous — and most importantly is moisturized and protected. Like anything, leather items will last longer and look nicer longer if taken care of. I want to do this once a season.
The other cool thing about this balm is that it can also be used on alive humans 🙂 I think it would do well on dry heels and cuticles. I know my hands felt fantastic after I used this on my bags! Not something you can say about commercial shoe products.
This was a zero coupon endeavor — I had all of the supplies already (although I’m getting SO LOW on cocoa butter. I think I can make one more batch of body butter when my current batch runs out and that’s about it! I’m hoping I can make it to the new year, but if not I have a good amount of soap coupons left to get some more of this important ingredient).
Many thanks to Humblebee and Me for a fantastic recipe! I love her blog — do check it out for loads of amazing DIY.