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448 of 453 people found the following review helpful.
One of two essential leather care products
By Larry in Lafayette
I like leather products, and I like to take care of my stuff, so the right leather care product is critical. I've used a great many over the years and have settled on two as being clearly superior: Bick 4 and Leather Honey (Leather Honey Leather Conditioner, the Best Leather Conditioner 8oz Bottle). They are quite different from each other.
Bick 4: I'm pretty sure this stuff is what North Beach Leather used to sell under their own name. It is a lanolin/oil lotion that really works. I use it bare handed, and my skin feels soft and good afterwards. It doesn't darken leather, and it cleans as it works if I wipe it up before it is all soaked in. I've used it on my wife's old Chanel purse, an Armani jacket, and some Coach gloves. In every case, it did exactly what I wanted, making the leather softer, more suppler, and feel great. It is easy to wipe Bick 4 off of areas it is unwanted, like plastic or metal.
Leather Honey: Leather Honey has a unique effect, making leather somehow feel denser and more hydrated. It is hard to explain, but it is very different than the effect of more lotion-like products, and I've tried a lot of them. On my favorite ten-year-old leather jacket from North Beach Leather, Leather Honey soaked in quickly in certain spots, and I added some more. After two hours, there was nothing to wipe away. The already heavy jacket feels heavier, better, and the results have proven to hold up and add more rain resistance. A new black leather feels more supple. A pair of black Ferragamos appear less abraded at the toe. Brown Sebago deck shoes certainly got more supple and soaked in a lot. The color darkened.
That brings me to the three small caveats: 1) Leather Honey is not a cleaner. Since it isn't water-based like lotion products, dirt stays. For example, on the Sebagos, an area that was a bit dirty was just the same, but the leather under it was clearly treated. 2) Leather Honey doesn't evaporate on plastics and rubbers, nor does it wipe off that easily. A day after treating the Sebagos, the soles still had Leather Honey on them, now somewhat sticky. Obviously I should have done a better job of wiping. 3) Leather honey can and will darken some light leathers.
Which one should you use?
I use Bick 4 for thinner leathers, or ones for which darkening would be a problem, or if I'm trying to clean and condition in one step. If the words that come to mind with the leather you're treating are "soft," "buttery," or "thin," then use Bick 4. Its effect won't last as long as Leather Honey's, but it works, and it works beautifully, doing just what you want a leather conditioner to do.
I use Leather Honey for thick leathers that I want to feel more like high quality leather. Think cow hide over lamb skin. I make sure the leather is clean, and use Leather Honey if water resistance is important. I use Leather Honey if the leather is really bad, because it does more than the Bick 4. I use it when some darkening wouldn't be a problem. Leather Honey makes all leather more, er, leathery, and I mean that in a good way.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
Love it! My Lucchese boots look great.
I have a pair of 3-year-old brown leather and lizard skin Lucchese 1883 style cowboy boots with lots of decorative stitching in very light tan and brown thread. I just love them but never put anything on them for fear of darkening the stitching. In all my research about boot care no one ever mentions what to do about light or colored decorative stitching even in the Bick 4 reviews. So my review is going to tell you ---I used it on the stitches and the color is A -OK no change at all. My boots are so soft and nice, no color change to the brown leather or lizard skin either. I'm super pleased. Lucchese recommends this product so I bought it. If you have quality cowboy boots or other fine leathers this is the product to buy. Bick 4 is super. I also used it on a 30-year-old tan leather purse that I treasure from Florence, Italy. It looks wonderful.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful. See all 609 customer reviews...
By Emily Linares
This stuff worked wonders on a favorite pair of boots that we're starting to feel/look pretty dry and scuffed up. They did darken a bit but just back to their original color which I was happy about. Easy to use and instant results. Bick 4 also improved the appearance of my vintage Dooney and Bourke bag's corners. The scent isn't all that bad and goes away. If you're looking for shine, this product isn't for you. My boots are definitely shinier than before but I don't see this creating a high shine on any leather. Happy with my purchase!