DIY Leather Conditioner? Proceed Cautiously.
A friend on my personal FB page asked if a DIY method–combining Olive Oil, Vinegar, and Essential Oils–can be used as a leather conditioner.
Olive Oil as a conditioner is controversial at best, and outright damaging at worst.
When oil first saturates leather, it seeps to the back—to the part you can’t see. Eventually, the oil ends up spreading throughout the leather and naturally resurfaces. Once this happens, your leather will have unsightly oil spots.
Bob Vila’s site says beeswax or lemon essential oil are two alternatives.