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 made it but I substituted pretty much everything. Haha. I used vegetable oil (180 grams of corn oil) and some wax (90 grams of candle wax). I applied the paste to a synthetic raincoat I had as a test and I also applied it to an old umbrella. The cloth seemed to be slightly shiny and soft (the umbrella was dry to the touch, might be because I let it cure for a few days, while the coat had a slightly oily feel to it, it might go away or might not as I've only let it cure for about 24 hours) I personally quite like the effect and can't wait to test it out in the rain as it's typhoon season. </p><p>Ps: the wax was a mishmash of different candles and other waxes I had lying around.</p>
<p>With candle/paraffin wax you would have been better off using standard mineral oil.</p><p>On my wax jacket it took over a week for my blend of wax &amp; oil to soak into the fibres, but almost 5 years on it is still water proof</p>
And therein lies the beauty, it's simple and waterproof. I agree with the mineral oil bit(mineral oil won't go rancid unlike the vegetable oil I used), it's just that I didn't have some on hand and I really wanted to give the recipe a try. Haha. I'll be sure to try mineral oil and some pure paraffin next time. ??
<p>mind blowing </p>
<p>good project</p>
Would this work as a whip conditioner?
<p>Yes, it probably would. ..... it works extremelywell on my wife' collection whips, crops and other leatherware ;-)</p>
Would this work on suede leather?
<p>I sorry but I don't think it would.</p><p>Maybe yo can try it for yourself on an unseen corner and let me know.</p>
<p>how to apply, do I use any tool? </p>
<p>I use a yellow duster which no resides in the empty space in the jar, other tools are not required to apply this home-made leather preserver. </p>
<p>you can either smear it on like a paste with your hands and then heat with a blow dryer or a heat gun and watch it soak in or use a water bath the liquefy it and paint it on with a brush then use the heat gun. Either way it works great. I have used a similar mixture to waterproof a barn coat and an old Alice Pack that I take camping.</p>
<p>hello, I would like to waterproof my kids gloves. Even the most expensive ones get wet. I would live to use this natural way of doing this. Will it work? </p>
<p>I am unsure about that type of material. However, I waxed a nice &quot;going out&quot; cotton jacket with this Bees wax &amp; Olive oil preserver which has worked extremely.</p><p>I did an experiment on another cotton jacket with with a blend paraffin wax and mineral oil, and I have been wearing this general purpose/work jacket all winter so far in a wet &amp; wind UK without any complaint.</p><p>There are no special tools required to apply the wax, just a cloth and a bit of effort, but standing the wax in a bowl of hot water to soften it does make life a lot an awful easier. So does blowing over the waxed garments with a warm hair drier to allow the wax to penetrate into the fibres, and it will then be beneficial to hang the garment for a few days in a warmish area before wearing it for the first time.</p>
I just made some! It's easy, cheap, and wonderful! For my first batch, I left out the essential oils. I just really love the smell of beeswax. But I did pour the mixture warm into an old pipe tobacco tin, and I have to say the smokey fragrance it came out with is fantastic. Can't wait to see how it handles the rain.<br>Thanks so much!
<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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