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This beeswax shoe polish and leather conditioner recipe creates a beeswax balm that conditions and polishes leather.

It can be used on any leather product, including boots, purses, and even baseball gloves! Nothing says sustainable living like repairing a perfectly good item rather than buying something new. And as an avid thrift store shopper, I have seen so many pairs of perfectly good leather boots given away by their owners because of some scratches and wear.

Let’s get into how you can refresh and repair an old leather boot with this beeswax leather conditioner.

Boots Before and After 1
A pair of rescued boots, scratched up
on the left and
freshly polished on the right.

I’m happy to rescue these boots, fix them, and find good homes. Yet, I’d also be happy to see people keep their well-loved boots and give them a new life with a nice touch-up!

This beeswax shoe polish and leather conditioner recipe was created after a few trials to find the right blend. It builds off of our favorite recipe for beeswax furniture polish.

Simple ingredients and tools for making beeswax leather conditioner and polish.

Leather Conditioner Ingredients and Supplies

This recipe for homemade beeswax shoe polish and leather conditioner can be used on almost any leather product – boots, shoes, bags, etc. (just make sure to test a small section first). It makes use of four key ingredients that each serve a different purpose:

  • 2T Shea butter (conditions the leather)
  • 2T Sweet Almond Oil (adds moisture back into dry leather)
  • 1/4 cup Mineral Oil (adds shine) or Fractionated Coconut Oil (if you want to avoid petroleum products)
  • 1/4 cup Beeswax (protects the leather)
  • Measuring cups (liquid and solid);
  • A double boiler;
  • An old spoon or wooden skewer for stirring
  • Containers for your finished product (we recommend these 2 oz screw top tins from Amazon, but you can also refill old shoe polish tins or put the polish in small glass mason jars).

While we made our original conditioner with mineral oil, we switched to fractionated coconut oil to use a more natural product that was not petroleum-based.

Both add shine to the polish and retain their qualities over time. Fractionated coconut oil has been treated to maintain its liquid state and is easy to work with in this recipe.

The recipe makes approximately 6 oz. of polish (three 2 oz. tins worth) and can be doubled easily to fill 6 tins.

Instructions for Making Beeswax Shoe Polish & Leather Conditioner

The process for making this shoe polish and leather conditioner is actually quite easy.

  1. Fill the bottom of your double boiler with water and place on the stovetop over medium heat;
  2. Add shea butter and beeswax to the top of the double boiler and melt, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once shea butter and beeswax are fully melted and incorporated, add mineral oil and sweet almond oil; stir to combine and leave over heat until they are well incorporated;
  4. Remove the top pan from your double boiler, dry off any water particles on the bottom, then pour out gently into containers;
  5. Allow containers to fully cool – at least 5 hours or overnight in a cool location (basement, unheated garage, etc.);
  6. Place covers on containers and label (check out these instructions for making your own homemade labels!).

How to use Beeswax Shoe Polish & Leather Conditioner

We call this polish and conditioner for a good reason – it does both! The shea butter and sweet almond oil moisturize and condition your leather to nourish it and bring it back to life. The mineral oil adds shine (like a polish). And after all of that great treatment, the beeswax helps protect your leather from the elements.

Yes, this polish and conditioner can be used on shoes, but it can also be used on bags and other leather goods. Just be sure to test first before applying to your entire article.

Leather shoe conditioner

The application is simple:

  • Be sure the item you will condition and polish is clean;
  • Apply polish in circles, being sure to rub into seams, stitches, and creases well;
  • Remove or rub in any excess polish;
  • Allow the item to dry completely before using/wearing;
  • Repeat every few months or more often with items you use regularly.

What else can you make with Beeswax?

There are so many wonderful things you can make with beeswax. Personal care products take advantage of the health benefits of beeswax for your skin. Home products use the protective benefits of beeswax for leather and wood. And beeswax candles are healthier to burn in your home!

Try some of these products yourself!

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Carrie Williams Howe is an educational leader by day and an aspiring homesteader by night and weekend. She lives on a small homestead in Vermont with her husband, two children, and a rambunctious border collie. She blogs about her family's homestead life at The Happy Hive.

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  1. While I realize this may be a stretch, I was wondering if you had the shoe polish recipe in mass/grams instead of a volumetric recipe. This wont stop me from trying to make it or anything. I say this with a touch of sarcasm, but I prefer recipes in grams because I’m “detail oriented,” and not because I made an exorbitant kitchen scale purchase and need to justify the cost through usage.

    Anyways, thanks for all the information you share!

  2. Hi – if you dont have the recipe in weight, can you explain what 2T means in your recipe? I may be missing something here but I cant seem to find it anywhere. I assume it means 2 tablespoons? But would just like conformation. Thanks

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