Skip to main content

Application is easy but important, improper application can cause decreased performance and longevity. While either can be used by itself they have been designed to work together and best result are achieved this way. The leather conditioner prepares the leather for the wax, and the wax extends the effects of the conditioner.


Birchees Leather Conditioner Application

Before applying make sure leather is clean and dry. Leather and balm should be room temperature Warming the leather (should not be hot to the touch) is recommended but not a requirement. 

Note: You do not need to warm conditioner past room temperature, in hotter climates the balm may liquefy which is ok. You can apply as is or cool it until it returns into a cream consistency.

Put some on fingers and rub a light coat into the leather with a circular motion, take your time and rub it in well. If all is absorbed you can apply another light even coat and again wipe of excess.

Let sit and dry for a minimum of four hours, overnight is even better. During the drying process you will notice the smell of oranges will fade and after 4+ hours almost be gone and replaced by the smoky smell of the Birch tar oil.


Note: Both of these do darken leather so be sure to test first. They also impart a unique smoky smell that can last as long as a year. This is the same smell that Russia leather was known for and due to the Birch tar oil.


Birchees Leather Wax Application

Wax should be room temperature and the leather warmed (not hot to the touch). If you want the most out of the wax you have to warm the leather during application. Use fingers, clean cloth, or brush such as horsehair and apply a light coat of the wax in a circular motion, take your time and rub it in well but gently. Once application is complete wipe off excess. You can buff with a soft, dry, lint free cloth to get a shine on the leather.

Pay special attention to any seams, our wax and conditioner will seal those while also preventing them from developing any type of rot and weakening.

The conditioner and wax have been designed to work together, the balm prepares the leather for the wax and ensures best possible performance and protection for your leather.


  • George Casmir Chan says:

    Hi there,
    Greeting from Dutch harbor, Alaska.
    Dale mentioned that you are making or testing a birch oil skin conditioner that repels fungus, etc.
    is that true? 🙂

    If so, please let me know.
    Thanks in advance.

    George Chan

  • Shane says:


    My son has a pair of Dan Post boots finished in genuine ostrich. Are the conditioner and wax safe for use on exotic hides?


    • Lorne says:

      Hi Shane,

      I have had feedback from people who have used it on Ostrich, Elephant, and some reptile based leathers and all were happy with the results. At the base all leathers are quite similar so Birchees should be safe for them all, only things to watch out for is suede or faux leathers as it will change the appearance and feel as it would way down the “fuzz”.

  • Shane says:

    Hi Lorne

    Thank you for the quick response to my question. I was actually looking at the Birchees products for my new boots when I thought they may be a good option for my son’s ostrich boots. I appreciate you confirming what I thought. Although you don’t recommend the Birchees products for suede, I believe they will work great on my new boots in a waxy commander leather. It is described on Parkhurst website as “a shrunken fiber, tight grain heavily waxed suede.” The Birchees should be a great product for all of our boots, and I will be ordering soon.

    Thanks again

  • David says:

    Hi, was curious. I put in a order on the first of January and haven’t heard or seen anything yet on my order. Any idea when or how long it may take?

    • Lorne says:

      Hi David,

      All orders will ship out in the next 1-2 weeks. If your order takes more than 1 month to be shipped I will fully refund you the day I ship your order.

  • David says:

    Ok and thank you, do you mean a month from the order date? Or a month from Jan 25th? My order was placed Jan 1st. Either way I would just love to try the product.

Leave a Reply