I have a Kangaroo leather Aussie ranchers style hat, which is now 3 years old and has never been either cleaned, nourished or re-waterproofed.

Now that we are in Autumn and moving into Winter I thought it was about time I did something to maintain and weatherproof my hat, along with several other leather items Lois & I own.

Rather than just going into town and buying something suitable from off the shelf, I decided to have a go at making some myself: a decision that I believe to be absolutely the right one now that I have used some of it.

Step 1:

The Ingredients

200 ml of Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

50g Beeswax: I was given about 250g of very old and very hard beeswax by a local beekeeping friend of mine.

20 drops of Lavender essential oil

10 drops of Tea Tree essential oil.

I have chosen to add the Lavender and Tea tree essential oils to make a nice smelling and insect repelling leather preserver....... but these are not necessary.
<p>I've just made it! Thank for the tutorial! I added some silicone spray one of these jar (just way of test). Sorry if my English is not too good!</p>
<p>I have to thank you for this awesome idea! I do some leather work and was looking for a natural finish and this is perfect. I love the waterproofing qualities, but is also great for a skin cream in the winter because it cuts down on frigid wind. </p>
made it and its fab. thank you taking time to post this. <br><br><br>
<p>I made a similar batch about 3 yrs ago , used it on a leather hat that felt like dry cardboard.. after 3-4 applications the hat is revived and soft and flexible.</p>
I didn't follow your recipe but made a salve with olive oil and beeswax in it. had some on my hands when I handled a ditty bag I made. I noticed that the residual salve left a beauty shine on the piece. I decided to apply it all over it. the wax sealed the thread holes while the olive oil made the leather soft and supple. great recipe!
Wonderful recipe! I thought about using eucalyptus oil but wasn't sure if it was too potent, anyone have an idea if this would work?
What about a black leather jacket??? My coat is brand new,but I was just thinking about all the rain we've been getting &amp; was wondering if it could even be waterproofed.....Great <br>job...I will try this on my boots soon...
Home-made <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dubbin" rel="nofollow">dubbin</a>, excellent!<br> <br> What does it do to the colour/shine of the leather?
it gives an nice semi-gloss to gloss shine, but not quite a high gloss, which is exactly what I wanted; my main need was to nourish and water proof my leather items rather than to polish them. <br> <br>When applied to the leather it is almost colourless; so the original or natural colour of the leather is more or less maintained.
I did something similar years ago. I used basically the same recipe, only with liquid lanolin instead of olive oil. I figured using something as close to the oils the animal had produced when it was alive was a good idea, and I use liquid lanolin to oil my leather drumhead so I always have it around. It worked quite well, though it darkened the leather considerably and there really is no shine any more. I used it on a pair of homemade period shoes. They're ten-plus years old now and are still in good shape.

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