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And Can I Say Fresh?? JoslynJ Equestrian Reviews Sterling Essentials Leather Care Products

To say that Joslyn Jakoubek, the woman behind the curtain of the equestrian fashion and lifestyle blogging brand JoslynJ Equestrian, nailed it on the head is an understatement. In Joslyn’s recent review of our leather care products, she states, “It’s the best feeling ever to look at your saddle, bridle and boots when they are polished and clean, but getting them to that point, well that’s the beast of the matter.” Oh, how true! Even for us, these weird people who love tack cleaners, we experience the love/hate of taking care of our tack and equipment.

PC JoslynJ Equestrian

PC JoslynJ Equestrian

So if there is anything that helps soothe that “beast” and makes for more love than hate…it goes to say that most of us are going to come running and hop on board. Which is one reason why we developed our brand of leather care products. This then begs the question…do they work?

Well, enter JoslynJ Equestrian. After seeing Joslyn’s social media, blog articles, and photography, it is crystal clear that Joslyn is one very discerning equestrian. As a result, we were thrilled to receive her full review of our products. We won’t give away the whole story, as you’ve just got to read her blog and see her photos. However, let’s just say it has a happy ending!

Take a peak at: https://joslynjequestrian.net/2019/04/09/sterling-essentials-boot-care-and-tack-cleaning/

I was excited to try out the conditioner, and oh my gosh can I also mention how incredible these products smell???? I was sent the Lavender scented cleaner and conditioner, but they also have a Eucalyptus and a Floral Citrus version as well. I literally want to use the conditioner as a lotion, it smells and feels that good!
— JoslynJ Equestrian

Stop The Damage: Time To Save The Glycerin For Your Face, Not For Your Leather

You may have observed that our Leather Cleaners and Leather Conditioners are very similar to cosmetics or skin care products you regularly see in the stores and use. Ah ha, you found us out! LOL! Yes, our products are very similar by design. We want our products to be very gentle, and the principles of leather care are very similar to skin care.

However, one key difference between our cleaners and conditioners and your skin care products, as well as many of the other brands of leather care products out there, is that we do not use any glycerin in our products. Zip, nada. Why? Seems weird right?

Originally, it came as quite a surprise to us that glycerin is such a no-no for leather. This cosmetics workhorse is used all over the place in skin care - lotions, face creams, the list is long. Ok, so that makes sense because glycerin is a humectant. This means that glycerin actually attracts water to itself, sucking water like a big sponge into your top skin layers - a great property if you want to moisturize your face, but not so hot for ensuring your leather stays healthy.

Wait - don’t we want our leather moisturized and supple? Sounds like glycerin would be awesome for that! I know, I know; we thought the same thing. But let us explain…

Use Only What You Need

We are huge believers in providing your leather only what it needs to stay in great shape = clean and supple due to just enough moisturizing. To us that means paying attention to our tack and not just slapping on products out of habit when our leather really, really doesn’t need them. Minimalism….Yes!! So….we don’t include glycerin because your leather truly doesn’t need it. Why doesn’t it need it? Read on Macduff!

Clean Like You Mean It

Following from the minimalist theme, we don’t use any conditioners or moisturizes - glycerin or otherwise, in our Leather Cleaner. The objective of cleaning your tack is….to clean your tack. Period. In addition to attracting moisture, glycerin is a sticky substance that can act like a sealant. When included in a cleaner, the glycerin sticks to the very leather you are trying to clean, trapping dirt and grime within the pores and fibers. Plus, that leftover residue of glycerin-dirt-gunk keeps attracting more and more dirt. Talk about counterproductive!

Stop Conditioning So Much

Over moisturizing your leather is one of the cardinal sins in leather care. (We could wax poetic on this for quite sometime, but we will save it for another day). Your leather should NOT be conditioned every time it is cleaned. As a result, we do not put glycerin or any other moisturizing agents into our Leather Cleaner. Setting up cleaning and conditioning as two separate leather care steps ensures you have the very best control over the care and health of your tack. You are in the drivers seat to evaluate when and how much conditioning your leather needs to be happy - and dare we say, stay in safe and useful condition.

Water Is Not Your Friend

Additionally, we do not include glycerin in our Leather Conditioner. Yes, no doubt glycerin would help moisturize your leather, but at a price. Unfortunately, the glycerin will accomplish this by drawing water vapor from the air into your tack. Water is truly not a benevolent comrade of your leather, resulting in mold, weakened leather, and a whole host of other undesirable outcomes (for more on this check out our article on dealing with water). Also, as mentioned before, glycerin is sticky. I don’t know about you, but I’d get awfully bummed out if my saddle was still sticky and gunky after I cleaned and conditioned it. Yippee, it’s a good thing then that there are other extremely effective ways to supple and condition your tack without using glycerin to draw water into the fibers and cause damage.

Ok, so the bottom line is that we are not fans of glycerin in leather care products at all. Like we talked about earlier, yes, leather is essentially just like your skin (our skin is similarly acidic and you can learn about why leather’s acidity matters so much in our article here) and should be treated with the same tender care. However, the difference is that your skin is able to constantly renew and repair itself. Leather is unable to repair itself, so we are the gatekeepers to preventing damage to our leather tack.

Just like you, this means we are then super persnickety about what products we use to care for our leather because we want it to be healthy and last for a long, long time. Ha, finally an excuse to get to be persnickety!! :)

Interested in learning more? Visit our Learn Page for more tips and how-to or take a peak at our Products!

Mud is No Joke - How to Clean Your Muddy Boots

Mud is no joke, folks! As you well know….you’re living that dream in the barnyard this time of year. :) If your leather boots are suffering after a trek across the paddock to your pony, then you need to watch our short and helpful video on how to clean your muddy boots with a minimum of fuss and aggravation.

It’s quick, it’s easy, and all you need are:

  • A hoof pick with brush.

  • A clean towel(s).

  • Your favorite leather cleaner.

Sparkle, sparkle is just a few moments away….until you trot back across the barnyard again. LOL!

Also, if you’re looking for some other great know-how on dealing with wet boots and water damage, check out our article: https://www.sterling-essentials.com/blog/get-happily-ever-after-for-your-tack-by-avoiding-the-7-worst-enemies-of-your-leather-water

How to clean your muddy boots - get easy leather care and leather cleaning tips from Sterling Essentials.

The Game Changer - Anti-Aging for Your Leather

Have you ever noticed how your leather boots or half-chaps wrinkle and pucker with time? These wrinkles and sags are inevitable as the leather breaks in and conforms to the contours of our feet and legs. This is a natural part of leather aging and use. However, this sagging, dragging, and saddle-bagging of our lovely leather goods becomes even more pronounced when our leather loses it’s fiber strength (aka not nourished routinely) and when the wrinkles turn into rigid mountain ranges due to residual sweat, dirt, and grime. And yes, this does even happen to me, queen of the leather care routine! Ugh. What do do?

Cleaning and conditioning is always key, and as Jackie Guezille illustrates so fantastically in her review of our products in the latest Wally the Pony blog, the results can be stunning. Botox for leather anyone? According to Jackie, our products are an absolute game changer in her routine, and we hope they will be in yours, as well!

Why does blogger Jackie recommends a two step leather care process? How do our products stack up against some pretty nasty looking gear? Do our products strip out the dyes in your leather? See for yourself and more by checking out Jackie’s full review at https://wallythepony.wordpress.com/.

Before on the Left, After on the Right

Before on the Left, After on the Right

You can see that the dark rich color of my leather is restored, WITHOUT stripping any of the dye off. Any dirt or horse sweat is gone (minus the mud I left on my boot heel–sorry!), but the leather is much more supple and moisturized. It was honestly like looking at before and after pictures of people getting Botox. All the wrinkles and lines disappeared, and my half-chaps looked better than they have in months.
— Wally the Pony, Jackie Guezille

Thank you, Jackie for this detailed tell-it-like-it-is on our products!

Photo Credits: Jackie Guezille, Wally the Pony Blog

New Stores for Fall!

Just in time for fall, we are so pleased to share that our products are now carried at several additional stores near you! Be sure to stop in and visit these great local retailers to pick up what you need for the season ahead. Also, these retailers have so many special events going on in the next several weeks, from Small Business Saturday on November 25th to the major Small Independent Tack Stores Indie Day Event December 8-10th - be sure to check it out!

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These wonderful stores are:

- Moore Equine in Southern Pines, NC

- Equine Essentials in Avon Lake, OH

- Hitch 'N Post Feed and Tack in Orange, CA

- Tackroom Treasures in East Berlin, PA

- The Horse In Sport in Grand Junction, CO

The 2017 Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival Starts Friday!

My oh my, the Mid-Atlantic Equitation Festival starts tomorrow! The Festival runs November 17-19th at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro, Maryland and is one of the premier indoor equitation competitions in the US. In addition to fostering camaraderie and great competition, the Festival also hosts a College Fair and encourages young riders to attend the Fair in order to see how riding and higher education can be compatible.

Sterling Essentials helped sponsor the Festival last year and is doing so again this year. We've found the hosts to be wonderfully genial, organized, and that they put on a fun and well-executed show. If you are in the area, definitely stop by to watch the excitement - admission is free!

 
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Posted on November 16, 2017 .

Brawley Farms Inc Flies High at The Autumn Classic

Congratulations to Dana Brawley of Brawley Farms Inc for an amazing week at the GSWEC Autumn Classic in Katy, Texas! Dana, on Caymus and Cocomo, was the Champion and Reserve for both the Adult Division and Zone 7. Way to go, Dana!

The other Brawley Farms participants at the show did fantastic, as well. Many champions, reserves, and ribbons were won across the board.

We congratulate Brawley Farms on a great show and a wonderful way to wrap up the show season. As one of their sponsors, we love supporting such a great group of talented, friendly, caring, and horse-wise riders! Keep up the good work and onward to the winter season and next year!

Dana Brawley with Caymus and Cocomo

Dana Brawley with Caymus and Cocomo

 

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A Sweet Spot at the Spokane Tack Trunk

Having once resided in Spokane, Washington for a few years, we definitely have a sweet spot for the Spokane area. As a result, we are particularly delighted to share the news that our products are now in stock at the Spokane Tack Trunk in Spokane Valley, Washington. Whether you prefer Western or English, show or casual, they've got you covered with their extensive selection of equestrian goodies! They are also carrying our handy little Leather Care Starter Sets, so look no further if you are looking for a gift for your trainer or for your horse loving friend.

Sterling Essentials Leather Care Products at Spokane Tack Trunk

What's In the Cleaner?

We are often asked whether our Leather Cleaner bleaches tack or uses harsh solvents. Excellent question!

Historically, many liquid spray cleaners allegedly used strong and harsh solvents and bleaching agents in order to clean tack. Sterling Essentials is not part of that group.

Our Leather Cleaner only contains a special proprietary blend of natural food-grade ingredients, as well as therapeutic grade essential oils. We do not utilize petroleum products, industrial solvents, or other bleaching or harsh ingredients. Our philosophy is to get excellent tack cleaning results through the use of gentle and responsible products.

The Sterling Essentials Leather Cleaner will not bleach tack. However, we recommend that you test our products in an inconspicuous place on your tack when first used in order to ensure you are happy with the results.

With our gentle ingredients, you can be confident that your tack is getting kid-glove treatment!

To learn more about getting your leather clean and beautiful, check out our Learn page to view videos and tips: www.sterling-essentials.com/learn

From Horses to Puppies and Everything In Between at Tony's Tack Shop

We are happy to share that Tony's Tack Shop in Essex Junction, Vermont now carries our products! If you're looking for a friendly tack store that has all of your needs covered, look no further than Tony's Tack Shop. From puppies to the best equestrian supplies, Tony's has what you are looking for and backs it up with great service.

And did you know that our leather care products are also handy for taking care of more than your tack? Sterling Essentials' products do a wonderful job on collars and leashes, so we can even help keep you and your pup happy! We hope you stop in and see these fine folks at Tony's soon!

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