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Effax Leather Balsam

Schweizer-Effax GmbH - Item #20820
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Extends the “lifespan” of your leather with this beloved product!

Contains: care additives such as bees' wax, lanolin, avocado oil

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  • Unique combination of lanolin and caring oils improves the durability and reliability of the leather equipment
  • Bee's wax provides a moisture-repellent effect and leaves the leather with a brilliant shine as well as giving the product a uniquely special smell.


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    Effax Leather Balsam is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 120.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful conditioner Love this conditioner for my saddle, bridle, halters, boots, etc. Smells wonderful, makes my hands soft, and makes my tack feel amazing.
    Date published: 2018-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite leather conditioner I’ve been using effax for close to a year; it really brings stiff leather back to life!
    Date published: 2018-05-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing product! I put this leather balsam on my half chaps and my saddle. It kept me on and sticking to my saddle during my mares bucking fits! I’ll definitely buy more of this!
    Date published: 2018-05-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Softens and conditions I have used this product for years. Easy to use never greasy.
    Date published: 2018-03-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great stuff Have been using this conditioner for years. Absolutely love how it keeps my leather in like new condition and water resistant. It doesn’t make the leather “slimy” as long as you don’t use too much, a little goes a long way!
    Date published: 2018-02-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Won't use anything else I've been using Leder Balsam for years, and while I often try new products, I always come back to it. It's the only thing I will put on my (very expensive) saddles, and I use it on anything leather. It rehabs sad looking leather really well, and leaves things soft, pliable, and it smells great too!
    Date published: 2018-01-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite saddle oil! I've tried a lot of conditioners on my beloved Devoucoux, but this is my favorite! It's light enough to fully absorb and not leave a residue, but thick enough to leave it nice and grippy!
    Date published: 2017-12-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic stuff I've used the Effax balm for years on my tack. Keeps the leather soft, overcomes stiffness (for less used tack) and has a great fragrance and feel. I put it on with a tack sponge then work it in with my fingers. Feels great on tack and hands! My first pot has lasted for years.
    Date published: 2017-11-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great conditioner for the price I've been using this product for manyyy years and love it. It's very nourishing to the leather and leaves a nice sheen. Can leave a sticky feeling to the leather if applied too thickly or not left to soak in long enough so if that's something you don't like, stay away. The smell is average for a product like this. I've tried many high end conditioners that cost over double this product and I believe they work the same. I keep buying more of this product because it's that good!
    Date published: 2017-11-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite leather cleaning product It's the only product my riders use on all their schooling and show tack.
    Date published: 2017-11-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Smells great, easy to apply I use this product with a slightly damp tack sponge. It's easy to apply and conditions well. I like what it smells like and even seems to moisturize my skin a little! It's not tacky or sticky and doesn't leave a film on my tack.
    Date published: 2017-10-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite leather product I Love the effex leather balsam for conditioning!!
    Date published: 2017-10-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Leather conditioner I brought this small jar of Balsam last month as a sample and I'm so glad I did. It is an excellent leather conditioner for my saddle and bridle. I'm going to use it on my older saddles also. It is lightweight and an added plus is that it smells really good!! I like the fact that the smaller size is offered so that you can try the product before you invest lots of money in the larger size. Great marketing technique and of course the free shipping with my smartpak order is more than a little convenient.
    Date published: 2017-09-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Leather Conditioner! This stuff is just magic. I used it on a super slippery HDR and after 1 time i could tell SUCH a difference in the grippiness of my saddle.
    Date published: 2017-09-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous My saddle and bridles are still looking great weeks after a deep cleaning and conditioning. Wonderful product that I will use for many more years.
    Date published: 2017-08-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing After purchasing a saddle that previously hadn't been cared for fully, I tried several different leather conditioners before trying the Effex Leather Balm. The other conditioners were somewhat effective but left the leather dull and almost tacky-feeling. So, did some research and purchased the leather balm. Wow! After one application, my saddle leather was supple, felt good and had a nice sheen to it. I applied it in a thin coat with a paintbrush using the bristles to work it into surface cracks, rubbed it in with my hands, and then wiped it with a soft rag. Additional applications have continued to mitigate the dry leather and previous surface cracks. It absorbs readily and smells nice too. Going forward, this product will be my primary leather conditioner choice.
    Date published: 2017-07-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing leather conditioner I use this for leather that has lost its supplements, it works very well and in the process softens my hands.
    Date published: 2017-07-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I bought the smallest size to try. Used it to clean a Cavason that was found in a field. It looks good as new thanks to this! Highly recommend.
    Date published: 2017-07-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Soaks right into the leather When my saddle was re-stuffed recently, the fitter said it looked dry and recommended I use this instead of the Moss saddle soap I'd been using. It works amazingly well - soaks in much faster than the Passier balsam. He recommended that I use a Haas face brush to apply it, but that's too hard to get into the Effax container. I apply it with a sponge, then work it into the leather with the brush. That gets it into all the crevices, especially on buffalo leather. My saddle hasn't looked or felt this good in ages!
    Date published: 2017-07-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from smells great! Have used other types of saddle oil and restorers. This one smells fabulous. I have only just begun using but hope this gives my saddle a long life.
    Date published: 2017-07-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for leather! I'm constantly searching for leather care products - this moisturized the leather and brought life back to the color
    Date published: 2017-06-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I mean... wow! If you're on the fence, just do it. Your saddle will never look better!
    Date published: 2017-06-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this for all my leather I used this on my riding boots that are on their last legs and it softened them up and I think i'll get another show season out of them. It's not greasy or oily and the leather just absorbs it nicely, it also smells amazing which is odd for a leather care product!
    Date published: 2017-05-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I thought Black Rock was a great leather treatment. This product is wonderful on my English bridles. Made the leather so soft & supple. Will be using it on all my leather items.
    Date published: 2017-04-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Leather Conditioner Had never tried this brand before, but it seems to always get great reviews. It did a great job on a saddle that I just bought that the leather was really dried out.
    Date published: 2017-04-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes leather soft Many reviewers have commented on using this on tack. It works well with riding boots as well. Boot on left is finished with the balsam - right boot just has the combi. Great product!
    Date published: 2017-04-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes your leather so soft I've used this stuff for years. The big 500ml container will last quite a while. I use it on my western and English saddles and equipment to keep them supple and soft. Also does great on soft leather boots for conditioning. It conditions wonderfully. I've tried other products and this one is by far my favorite. It will ho wever darken your leather, so keep that in mind. I don't mind that it does, but if you've gotreally light leather, it'll darken.
    Date published: 2017-03-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW! Holy cow I love this stuff!! I am the type of person who is always trying something new and different. But I will never get another type of leather conditioner again! This stuff makes all my tack buttery soft! A little goes a long way. Absolutely superior to all other leather conditioners I have used.
    Date published: 2017-03-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A little goes a long way I bought a saddle that had not been conditioned and squeaked badly. Really noisy whenever you moved in the saddle. This product made the saddle soft and supple and took all of the noise away. It was recommended by barn mates and my saddle fitter. Great product!
    Date published: 2017-03-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product! My saddle was really slippery and a saddle fitter recommended this conditioner. It was very easy to apply, leave overnight, then buff in the morning. Worked great!
    Date published: 2017-02-10
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