SMITH'S LEATHER BALM
I get asked a lot, "How should I care for my leather?" Besides not scuba diving in it, treating leather with a high quality oil or balm is the next thing on my list. With a waxy leather already impregnated with oils, such as Horween's Chromexcel, this is less important. But especially if you have bridle or natural veg tanned leather goods, treating it can do wonderful things for preservation and beautification. Dried out leather will crack and deteriorate. Leather balm will keep it soft, supple and healthy. You can use this on anything from belts to wallets to notebook covers to boots and shoes. It will darken some light leathers, so test it first if you are concerned about that. The final photo shows it applied to undyed natural veg leather.
Smith's Leather Balm was created and is made by a husband-wife team in Maine, from three simple and natural ingredients: cocoa butter, beeswax and almond oil--that's it. No petroleum distillates or animal fats. It gives a great finish and also feels good on your hands. We have used and tested many, many leather treatment products and this is one of the best, and we love the simplicity of the recipe. You can read more about the product and the story at smithsleatherbalm.com.
This listing is for a single 1 ounce tin. You should perform thin, sparing applications of the balm with your fingers, a soft cloth or a brush. Frequent thin coats are better than infrequent thick ones. A little goes a long way. Unless your leather collection is really extensive, this jar should last you a while.
If you have a really dry, thirsty leather like an undyed natural veg, you can follow this easy rule of thumb: Apply the balm "once a day for a week, once a week for a month, once a month for a year" and then only as necessary.
Our products are 100% handmade in our little garage workshop in California. No sewing machines, no assembly lines. Just top quality raw materials put together by hand. To learn more, check out Etsy's 2012 feature of my shop: http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2012/featured-shop-one-star-leather-goods/ And read more about my philosophy at http://onestarleathergoods.com/philosophy/
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Buyers are responsible for all taxes, duties and customs fees.
PLEASE NOTE CURRENT WAIT TIMES:
In-stock items (all items not labeled otherwise) ship in 1-3 business days.
"Build-Your-Own" or custom orders: take 3-4 weeks to ship.
Belts are all made to order and also take 3-4 weeks to ship.
We fill orders in the order they were received. If you need something rushed or have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. Thank you in advance for your patience while we craft each item with care!
SHIPPING METHODS - USPS only
Default shipping: First Class Domestic and First Class International
This usually means a couple days or less to the west coast, 4-7 days to the east coast, and 5-14+ days to the rest of the world.
FYI: Tracking is not always updated reliably with First Class Mail. Also, tracking is NOT UPDATED reliably, if at all for First Class International mail once it leaves the USA. Don't hate me, I'm just the messenger.
We do not ship via UPS or FedEx. Sorry/not sorry.
RUSH SHIPPING OPTIONS - United States
Priority Mail - The biggest advantage to Priority Mail is that it includes insurance up to $100. Often this is worth the few extra bucks. It is very rare that a package gets damaged or lost, but it does happen.
Priority Mail may speed deliver over regular First Class Mail by a day or two, especially effective to the east coast.
Usually delivered in 1-3 days. Signature Confirmation available upon request. You can add this option at checkout.
Priority Mail Express - next day delivery to most Unites States addresses. Signature Confirmation available upon request. You can add this option at checkout.
RUSH SHIPPING OPTIONS - International
Priority Mail International. Usually 6-10 days worldwide. You can add this option at checkout.
Priority Mail Express International. Usually 3-5 days worldwide. You can add this option at checkout.
Just contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 14 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 2 days of purchase
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
There is a 15% restocking fee on returns. If the cause for return was our mistake, this fee is waived. Returned goods must be in unused and re-sellable condition. Condition is evaluated upon receipt of your return. The 15% restocking fee may increase depending on the condition of the item.
I do NOT accept returns of Build-Your-Own, personalized/monogrammed items or belts, as they are always custom sized (unless we made a mistake).
WE’LL SOLVE IT
We stand behind our products and want you to be happy with your purchase.
If you have a problem, get in touch and we'll make it right.
I am happy to make many of my products in your choice of custom color, leather and thread. In general I do not take custom design work, but you can always ask. Custom order turnaround can be anywhere from few days up to a few weeks. Find customizable items in the "Build-Your-Own" section of the shop.