Q&A: Animal Skins

Can I use Leather Honey on a skin-on bear skin?

We’ve gotten this question several times in the last couple of weeks, and the answer is YES! …with a few caveats. First, you want to apply Leather Honey to the side of the skin that does not contain hair. Most animal skins have two sides: A side with hair, and a smooth, raw leather side. If you apply Leather Honey to the side with the hair, it will condition the leather but you will have a very hard time removing it from the hair, since the product is not designed to penetrate hair. In other words, you’ll have a bit of a mess on your hands.

Instead, apply the Leather Honey to the smooth, leather side. The beauty of our product is that it penetrates so deeply, you’ll be able to condition the leather throughout without actually treating both sides of the piece. Make sure you apply in thin, even coats as a preventative measure – these skins can dry out quickly and become brittle, which can lead to hair loss, cracking and tears. If the skin still feels stiff, you may need a second coat of the product, but a little goes a long way. And as with all other items, please test the Leather Honey in a discreet area prior to application.

Do you have a question about leather care? Ask us in the comments or via email, here.

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