Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Higher Standards Leather Care

I wanted to change up my saddle cleaning routine since I haven't felt like my Horseman's One Step has really been getting the grime off now that the saddle is serving double duty between my butt and trainers butts (who are using it for Ellie rides because of the fit).

On the advice of the blogosphere and numerous reviews I ordered Higher Standards Leather Care in the Combo pack- Viva Carlos soap and the leather balm. I finally had a chance to break them out during the usual Sunday scrub. The result? I'm quite pleased! I mean the saddle didn't turn into gold or anything but....

I love that the soap arrived with a sponge inside. Isn't there just something about a new sponge?

They both smelled fantastic and the barn contingent agreed.

The soap cleaned well, didn't lather too much, and I liked the way it worked into the leather evenly.

I used just a touch of the balm and will give it another go this week to see if I noticed a difference in the conditioning of the saddle. To be fair- I never condition the saddle leather and I use straight oil on the bridle so this might be the perfect compromise.

Lemon Scented Leather Care and a Limonata. Coincidence? I think not.


  1. Another stellar review for Higher Standards - going to have to order me some.

    Have you tried San Pellegrino's Pompelmo flavor? Perfectly grapefruit + hint of sweetness - excellent in an adult beverage. :D

    1. I have not but am going to give it a go on your recommendation :)

  2. I just got my first batch of Higher Standards a couple months ago too. For once, I think everyone is in agreement about something!

  3. I really want to try the lemon and also the lavender

  4. This is def my favorite stuff ever. Only soap I use now .

  5. Love this soap. I still need to pick up the Carlos version.