Natural Leather Care: Howard Naturals Leather Conditioning Cream

http://www.motherearthliving.com/Real-Beauty/Howard-Naturals-Leather-Conditioning-Boots-Cream.aspx

With winter in full swing (it snowed five or so inches here in Kansas), by now everyone has to have a good pair of boots in her shoe collection. Before I headed out to California last month for Green Festival, I got a new pair of brown boots to walk around the hilly San Francisco area (my other boots were heeled and not made for walking). After a month of wearing these boots in rain, mud, dirt and snow, it's fair to say that these boots got very dull and ugly in no time.

I'm not one to polish leather because I think it's a little silly (and I guess the truth is, I hardly get dirty), but I couldn't resist trying this new conditioning cream when it walked across my desk a few weeks ago (thanks Angie!).

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Howard Naturals Leather Conditioning Cream is loaded with creamy, natural ingredients, such as beeswax, emu oil, eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil and lanolin. Though I have issues with lanolin, putting it on my boots as opposed to my skin isn't as discomforting to me. I like that the company lists the product's MSDS online so consumers can know what allergens or toxicities to expect (not a whole lot here!). The container also comes with an expiration date on the bottom (July 2013 for mine) and a manufacture date (July 2008). That's some long-lasting cream for $11.65 (in an 11.8 ounce jar).

Here's the before and after of my boots:

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Needless to say, I was quite impressed with the outcome! My boots are shinier and look much better than before. It didn't take much to polish my boots—about two quarter-sized dollops each—and they still look good even two weeks later.

Do you use natural products, even when it comes down to items such as polish?