Tips & Tricks – Leather Care Product Used By Luxury Brands


Figuring out what products to condition, clean or protect my leather accessories always gives me a bit of anxiety. My worst nightmare would be using a product I’ve purchased with the best of intentions, which ends up being too harsh, damaging the finish, or discoloring the dye. Thanks to what I saw not one…but two, luxury brand boutiques using on their merchandise, I’m pretty secure in my new leather care product du jour and wanted to share this great tip.

The stuff is called Cadillac Boot and Shoe Care (the packaging has changed, but it’s the same stuff), and I’ve seen it get pulled out from behind a counter, and used to buff out minor scratches and condition leather accessories in both a Tod’s boutique, and get this…a Chanel boutique. If it’s good enough for Chanel, it’s good enough for me.

How To Use:

  • Use a soft, non-dyed cloth, like a small terry cloth towel, or piece of an old t-shirt. Avoid using a colored piece of cloth, in case of color transfer to your handbag.
  • I always give the bottle a good shake, and then squirt a small amount of conditioner on the cloth.
  • If you’re using on a handbag for the first time, it’s always a good idea to test a very small, not easily seen location on your leather item to make sure no damage occurs.
  • Very gently smooth the conditioner along the leather surface, paying a little more attention to scratches or problem areas. Gently smooth with the cloth until the conditioner disappears from the leather surface.
  • Let dry before putting your item away or wearing (dries pretty quick).

What products do you use to condition or clean your leather items? Any tips?


  • Jessy says:

    Literally just cared for all my leather items today. Took foreverrrrr, but was happy. I use Danier, a Canadian brand. They have all the products I need in one little baggy. :D

  • Jen says:

    I love Cadillac. When I worked at Nordstrom, that’s what they used and I loved it so have been using it eversince. It’s been over 10 years and I haven’t found anything comparable!

  • lisacng says:

    And if it’s good enough for you, it’s good enough for me! Tks! I bet this stuff works well for shoes too, right? My leather boots are so scuffed now, but I kinda dig that look for these particular pair. Tks for the reco and I’ll pin it and purchase it!

  • Phoebe says:

    Thanks for this post!! Super helpful since I have an old coach purse I should definitely recondition!! :D

  • witheachpassingday says:

    Great post! I second lisacng. If it’s good for you then it’s good for me. Do you have any recommendation on suede?

  • It must be indeed the Cadillac of leather care. If Chanel is using this, it must be good.
    Thanks for sharing this!
    Mariette’s Back to Basics

  • Valery says:

    Does this work for any leather? I am a bit worried about thinner softer types
    like napa and lambskin?

  • Petite Tomatoes says:

    thank you for sharing! I’ve been looking for something trustworthy to clean my purses for a while now.

  • Amry says:

    Hi Kelly, thanks for the great tip! How do you care for leather jackets?

    • Hi Amry! Leather jackets should be conditioned every now and then as well. I gave mine a little wipe down with some conditioner before I put it away last summer. I’ll do the same at the end of this winter.

  • Aubrey Dang says:

    kelly, have u used on your jcrew edie? does it get the scratch out?

  • Polka Dot Mouse says:

    I am a bit obsessed with leather care, and after reading a lot on forums and websites about products recommended both by companies that specialize in cleaning and conditioning leather seats on private jets, as well as high-end handbags, I tried many products. These are my top three:

    Townsend Leather Ink & Stain Remover-Looks like a glue stick, removes stains from leather without damaging it. Removed an ink transfer from a plastic car on my light gray leather car seats that was almost a year old!

    Collonil products-recommended by Mulberry for their leather products. They make a leather waterproof spray that won’t change the color (used on light blush leather shoes) and a suede waterproofing spray that also revives the color (great for dark blue or black boots that have faded a bit).

    Apple Brand Leather Conditioner Kit-Very gentle, comes with everything you need to bring leather back to life. They also make a rain garde repellant spray.

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