Owning a cool leather jacket or having leather incorporated into your lifestyle can be so much fun.

Not to mention the grand impression that is made, when you are seen in one of these amazingly stylish hides and skins.

However, what is most important for the longevity of leather and what most people find difficult to remember, is the maintenance of leather products which is sealed by leather conditioning.

Also, there are different types of leather with each requiring different types of care and maintenance.

The maintenance of faux leather is totally different from that of its real counterpart.

As the saying goes, ‘Prevention is better than cure.’ It’s also greatly applicable in maintaining leather products.

Especially leather jackets, where it’s a lot to do with how it’s stored and used.

Sure, the whole concept of leather conditioners is not unheard of by many but still, has far more people heading for their nearest cleaners to get the job done that can quite easily be carried out at home.

Here; we at The Jacket Maker break down a few leather conditioners that you won’t believe are as simple and accessible as the products you already have existing in your kitchen. So let’s get started.

Mind over Myth and Reality

When talking about oil-based conditioners you will find quite a bit of controversy especially involving olive oil.

Though many homemade leather conditioner recipes call for an amount of olive oil and vinegar, far many more professional cleaners ask to refrain from this oil simply because it causes more damage than good.

On the bright side, using lemon oil or better still; coconut oil would be so much better for your leather product and its endurance.

While lemons are known for their safety in practically every area of life, coconut oil is hypoallergenic which means that it will not cause an allergic reaction and hence; will not spoil your leather.

Professional cleaners ask to refrain from this oil simply because it causes more damage than good.

You will Find Quite a Bit of Controversy especially Involving Olive Oil

After your leather is cleaned, gently massage the surface with a cloth dipped in either lemon or coconut oil or even small quantities of both mixed together.

Another perk of using this duo is the fresh scent that it gives out when used and how it prevents any kind of cracking anywhere on the leather.

Awesome Alternatives

Coconut oil is hypoallergenic which means that it will not cause an allergic reaction and hence; will not spoil your leather.

Those looking for alternatives to the above can definitely try a beeswax-based leather conditioner that requires some preparation ahead of time but which is so worth it when results are revealed.

All you have to do is combine beeswax with cocoa butter and almond oil in a saucepan, using a 1-1/2 ratio.

On medium heat, allow the solid fats to melt into the oil, avoiding excessive heating and after removing from the pan allow it to cool, preferably for around thirty to forty minutes.

By now you should have a thick balm consistency which you can apply to your leather directly using your fingers. Rub it in and remove any residue that may be left behind, with a soft cloth.

Coconut Oil is So Much Better for Your Leather Product and Its Endurance

Flaxseed oil is another great option for those looking for alternative solutions to leather conditioning, as this too; like coconut oil is hypoallergenic.

Though coconut oil would be especially good for leather furniture, flaxseed oil can do the trick as well. Vaseline is a pretty well-known product but did you know that this too can be used for conditioning leather?

Baby Soap Based Leather Conditioner

Due to its mild and gentle properties and the lack of any colour additives that may cause staining, baby soap would be the easiest and safest go to product.

When talking about very basic homemade leather conditioners, made with soap; most options make bad choices.

However natural baby soap is an exception. Mainly due to its mild and gentle properties and the lack of any color additives that may cause staining, this would be the easiest and safest go-to product that will pamper your leather to no end.

To make your own baby soap-based leather conditioner, all you have to do is mix a quart of warm water with a tablespoon of soap and a few drops of vinegar.

Dip a soft cloth into this solution and apply it to your leather surface. Be sure though, that you do not wet the surface but rather dampen it lightly. Let it air dry naturally and enjoy the results.

Baby Soap is an Exception Mainly Due to its Mild and Gentle Properties


Regardless of whether you go for a homemade or store-bought leather conditioner, always start in a small area that is not in direct view but in someplace away from your direct focal point.

Also, start in small portions and work your way through the entire surface, once you are sure the chosen procedure is benefiting your leather in all the right ways.


What can I use instead of a leather conditioner?

You can use various oils such as coconut, lemon and baby oil. Not Olive oil as it can worsen the condition rather than preventing the damage. 

Can I use coconut oil as a leather conditioner?

Yes, you can always use coconut oil as the leather conditioner after cleaning your leather. 

Can you use olive oil to condition leather?

There are a whole lot of controversies involving olive oil and vinegar, but we personally suggest using coconut oil and lemon oil as the alternative as olive oil does more damage than good. 

Is Vaseline good for leather?

Yes! The petroleum jelly softens the leather, hence preventing it from cracking. 

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Russ Nieland
Russ Nieland
April 19, 2021 4:17 pm

How about using almond oil, any problems there????
How much vinegar do you use with oils

To clean the back of collars of leather coats what is best together it back to its original color

November 16, 2021 9:43 am

Thank you so very much, I’ll do Vaseline or Coconut Oil.

January 5, 2022 11:39 pm

Best resource for DIY leather conditioner. Always apply solution on your jacket as per leather types. Most of the solutions doesn’t work with leather jackets.