If you’ve shelled out a hefty amount of bling to become the proud owner of a lambskin handbag, the last thing you want is for that pricey, butter-soft purse to get dull, stiff or cracked. The solution is a high-quality leather conditioner. Apply it in a light coat all over the handbag about every six months to keep your purse soft, supple and almost-like-new looking. Leather goods experts have several recommendations for the conditioners best suited to keeping your lambskin handbag in top shape without breaking the bank.
Lexol Leather Conditioner
According to Amazon.com, Lexol Leather Conditioner is one of the most popular and highly rated leather care products among its customers. The manufacturers contend that Lexol Leather Conditioner is formulated to soak into leatherlike materials such as lambskin and soften the individual fibers without leaving an oily or greasy residue on the surface. The conditioner contains neatsfoot oil along with fatty acids and fatty alcohol compounds. To use it on your lambskin purse, first clean the entire purse, then test the conditioner on a hidden area of the material to make sure it won’t affect the color. Put a small amount of the solution on a clean, wet cloth and gently rub it into every inch of the lambskin sections of the purse. Go easy — a little Lexol goes a long way.
Pecard Leather Dressing
David Morgan, a family-owned company that specializes in selling upscale leather products, gives the nod to Pecard Leather Dressing as its favorite leather conditioner. This conditioner is made up of wax compounds, including beeswax, and a petroleum-based lubricant. The dressing’s producers say that if you use Pecard Leather Dressing in a light coating on items like a lambskin handbag one to three times a year, the material will stay supple and won’t oxidize or age as easily. You can get the conditioner in multiple sizes ranging from 2.5 to 32 ounces. Before using the dressing, clean the purse thoroughly. After massaging a small amount of the compound into the bag’s lambskin, buff it with a clean cloth to give it some shine.
Meguiar’s Gold Class Cleaner/Conditioner
The writers for Auto Express, a site that specializes in the latest and greatest in automobile information, tested 16 commercial leather cleaning products to find the ones that delivered the biggest bang for your leather-care buck. When the smoke cleared, one of their top three picks included a leather cleaner that was also a conditioner: Meguiar’s Gold Class Cleaner/Conditioner. This conditioner also shows up in Amazon.com’s list of top-rated leather conditioning products. Meguiar’s contains aloe as the main moisturizing agent and incorporates UV light-inhibiting compounds that may help protect your lambskin purse from the damaging effects of repeated sun exposure.
Apple Brand Leather Cleaner and Conditioner
The China-based Shanghai Eajanel Leatherware Company recommends using Apple Brand Leather Cleaner and Conditioner on lambskin handbags. Unlike other leather conditioners, Apple Brand products don’t contain any waxes or animal oils, like mink oil. The manufacturers say that it won’t change the color of the items you use it on and that, for the best results, you should use it after using leather cleaner, then follow it up with a stain repellant.