Leather Conditioner & Restorer [Product Review]

I own lots of leather items, such as boots, purses, clothing items, furniture. Even the seats in my car are leather. I LOVE leather! I treat them every season with leather cleaner, etc. My shoes I clean more often.  This time I tried something new that was provided to me complimentary by Leather Nova. It’s called Leather Conditioner & Restorer

Leather Conditioner & Restorer

Leather Conditioner & Restorer is a non-toxic leather protector. This product can be used on just about any leather or vinyl item except suede. 

I first used Leather Conditioner on my car seat. I noticed that where ever the leather is cracked or damaged that when the conditioner is applied it will become dark. 

Leather Nova and Car Leather

The above photo doesn’t truly show the difference in the condition of the leather. There is a bit of a darker tint to the leather, which the Leather Conditioner does do on any thing you use it on. I left the single coat on for over an hour, came out to the car and the seat was still a bit oily, sleek feeling. I wiped it down again with a towel, it was still slick. There was a shiny look to the leather. I didn’t notice a new leathery smell at all, which is ok with me. It would be a plus, but really not necessary.

Next I used Leather Conditioner on my leather biker jacket. My jacket was soft, smooth and supple, not to mention shiny. 

Leather Conditioner & Restorer

I thought if this Leather Conditioner works so well on my jacket, which I wear every year. I wonder what it will do to leather that is dry, hard and stiff. I went to the back of the closet to get my hubby’s father’s old Harley Davidson biker jacket. His dad (now deceased) bought it brand new in 1962. It worked perfectly!! Softened up the leather right, after about 20 minutes. I applied only one coat on one side of the jacket, because I wanted my hubby to guess what I did to the jacket. He noticed after a few squeezes to the sides of the jacket. He said “this side is hard & dry, this side is soft and shiny.” I noticed that the Leather Conditioner did not cover the faded leather spots like it on the car seat. The back of the bottle does say the “old & dry leather” may need two coats. 

I did drop a few drops of water on the leather to see what would happen. The water beaded up and rolled. The photo below (with the water drops) is immediately after application. Since the Leather Conditioner is made with polymers, “it’s like silicone” my hubby said. I said “then the water shouldn’t stain or ruin the leather.” He replied “it shouldn’t.” I also noticed that fingertips were very soft after handling the jacket. 

old leather coat

old leather coat

Next we dug hubby’s favorite cowboy boots out of the closet. After a good clean dusting & cleaning he was ready to use the Leather Conditioner. The brown boots are over 20 years old and were a bit stiff, but after using the conditioner the boots softened right up. He was really impressed. In an hour he wiped them both and they were restored back to a soft, supple leather. 

Cowboy Leather

What I DON’T Like about Leather Conditioner by Leather Nova:

  • On the back of the bottle it states it is 100% Non-Toxic. However, there is no list of ingredients on this bottle. There is a website, email address and 800 number for Leather Nova. I suppose that if an emergency came up that the authorities could use that contact information. On the back of the bottle it states “check the manufacture’s labels for any additional warnings…” Where? I did check the website. I couldn’t find any warning instructions. 
  • It does have an oily sheen on stuff. It was on my fingers and is now on my keyboard. Not a lot but enough for me to know that its there. Be careful where you are using this product because it will get on anything & everything it touches if you’re not careful with it or while using it.

What I DO Like about Leather Conditioner by Leather Nova:

  • It works beautifully restoring old dry leather back to a smooth, supple leather. Adds weather protection from rain and snow.
  • There is no strong smell. I couldn’t smell anything at all, even after applying it to my leather goods.
  • It’s made in the USA.
  • It can be used on almost “anything that has a skin on it” as my hubby put it. From the basic leather items such as car seats, purses, boots, heels, jackets to all that stuff that is made of such things as snakes, shark, ostrich and crocodiles just to name a few.
  • It came with a foam applicator. 
  • A long amount goes a long way. So, getting an 8 ounce bottle should cover lots of leather goods. 

My hubby & I were very impressed with this product. I would recommend this to anyone who has lots of leather items that need attention and conditioning. It’s worth the price of $15.97 for the 8 ounce bottle. 

[DISCLAIMER: A complimentary sample of Leather Conditioner & Restorer – The Ultimate Leather Protector for Cars, Furniture, Boots, Saddles, Purses & More – Foam Applicator Included was provided to me by Leather Nova in exchange for testing purposes and my honest opinion after use]

Cell Phone Tripod Adapter [Review]

Since I’ve started getting into taking my photography a little more seriously BUT not too serious. I still have so much to learn. One of the first things I wanted to learn is to use my iPhone more than I have been. I’ve seen some really good photos done with just an iPhone. I’m in awe of those photographers. I want to have that “eye” that they have, knowing when, where to take a great photo. I want to practice taking more photos, editing them. Mostly have some fun with a renewed hobby. I thought maybe my iPhone just screwed on to my tripod. DOH. It didn’t! See, I didn’t know that!!! I started shopping around for camera accessories for my iPhone.

I looked for an adapter that I would be happy with. I settled on the “Cell Phone Tripod Adapter” from DaVoice. I wanted an adapter that would hold my phone with the Griffin Survivor Case still on. I like things that are not complicated to use, but super easy. This is super easy.

 

  • Just screw adapter to your tripod
  • Pull the tab to stretch out the adapter. It fits a smartphone from 2.8″ to 3.37″ up to wide.   The tab is bendable.
  • Insert your smartphone and release.

That’s it. Your smartphone is held in place. I did notice that the grip is not a super tight one. With my Griffin Case there is a bit of friction between both articles and that prevents the iPhone from falling out of the adapter completely. I’m sure that if it was hit hard enough that the iPhone would fall out completely.

I’m very  satisfied with this product. It was less than $10. I paid $6.95.  I would recommend this product to a friend. If you’re interested in supporting my renewed photography hobby you can browse my Amazon Wish List.

[I did not receive this product complimentary in exchange for testing purposes or for a review of any kind]

The Scent of Chamomile [Product Review]

In my bathroom we hang our toilet paper “over” verses “under.” The new Charmin Chamomile Scented bathroom paper was hung over on the holder. I kept the door closed, when the door was opened there was an immediate aroma of the chamomile. That was a fresh, clean almost shampoo like scent.

Do you hang it OVER or UNDER?!

The Over Orientation
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I received a 6 double roll of this chamomile scent bathroom tissue, complimentary for testing purposes.  Included inside the Bzzkit   were 5 coupons for $1.50 a purchase of this Charmin product.

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Bzzkit
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Charmin bathroom tissue paper with a Chamomile scent is a product of Protector & Gamble. Charmin has always been a thicker tissue paper thus more absorbent bathroom tissue paper. This product has the seal of “Good Housekeeping.” Which to you, the consumer means the following…

This is Good Housekeeping’s LIMITED WARRANTY: If any product that bears our Seal proves to be defective within two years from the date it was first sold to a consumer by an authorized retailer, we, Good Housekeeping, will replace or repair the product or refund the purchase price. – GoodHousekeeping.com

This is a reassuring thing to know, however I’m not sure how toilet paper can become defective, unless it gets wet in its package.

What I didn’t like about this product:

  • I found it difficult to use this product as a secondary item. I have been known to use bathroom tissue paper as emergency tissue for my nose, especially if I get a bloody nose (due to weather & allergies). The strong aroma of chamomile was just that – strong.
  • A concern I had, even though the product states that the paper roll is the item that is scented, the tissue paper still must get permeated. How does that affect the gentle areas of a woman’s body? It’s just a thought. Doctors tell women “don’t use any perfumed products, etc.” Or have they stopped saying that and I’m just a bit behind the times?
  • Once the package was open the chamomile scent was no longer a strong one.
  • The package states 6 double rolls = 12 regular rolls. However, Charmin’s idea of a double roll doesn’t seem like it. Each roll has 165 2-ply sheets.

What I did like about this product:

  • The softness of the paper.
  • The thickness of the paper. It is 2-ply. A definite difference.
  • The scent of the chamomile. It had a clean, fresh scent like shampoo.
  • Pretty flower design on the tissue paper.

Would I buy this product? Probably not. Because the aroma is a bit too strong for the multiple purposes that I tend to use bathroom tissue paper for. A tissue substitute for a running nose, wiping watery eyes.

If you are a smart consumer, pinching those pennies (like me) wanting to get more for your buck, be aware of the cost and amount of sheet per roll. I went to my local Wal-Mart to buy some toilet paper. Charmin Chamomile scented bath tissue was not anywhere to be seen. I took some photos so you can get an idea of cost & amount of tissue paper you get for the price. I’m gonna pass on any future purchase of Charmin Chamomile scented bath tissue paper.

 This product was sent to me complimentary from BzzAgent.com for testing purposes, resulting in this blog post sharing my honest opinion.

Dropping these coupons off at work, in the break room. #GotitFree #ChamomileSoothesMe

Dropping these coupons off at work, in the break room. #GotitFree #ChamomileSoothesMe