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#1 TexasLady

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 07:14 AM

6/23/11
I've got a full jar of organic coconut oil which <alas!> has been sitting on a kitchen shelf, unused, for too long. I've also got a box full of small leather scraps. Nothing terrible will happen if I ruin a scrap experimenting on it with the coconut oil. But I thought I might ask here, of people who already know the answer, "Is it okay to put coconut oil on leather?" Are there any 'warnings' on using it with leather? What 'qualities' would coconut oil have in regards to putting it on leather?

I also know how to make soap, and I'm guessing I could use the coconut oil for that,... but I've already got enough soap to last me for the rest of my life. Thanks. - Vintage

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Posted 23 June 2011 - 08:26 AM

Can't be sure about coconut oil, especially older oil, but Palm oil is used in leather conditioners, probably contributing to deforestation, dunno, but that's probably a lot better than ambergris, which palm oil was meant to replace after whaling was curtailed. All in all, if you can use motor oil, or olive oil, I'ld say you'll probably be alright.
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Posted 24 June 2011 - 02:16 PM

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Thanks for the response, rdb. I've just now Googled 'coconut oil', and found out that it's 'good' for five years. Also, the jar I've got says, "No refridgeration needed." So, I won't be using my whole jar of coconut oil on leather just yet. I'd like to try melting some bees wax together with the coconut oil and see what kind of finish that gives. What I've done is 'paint' some tooling using permanent markers. I want to put some kind of oil on it to keep the color where I put it.

Eeewh. People have used motor oil on leather? Gross,... unless they were using the leather, maybe, as a washer on a piece of machinery? - TexasLady


Can't be sure about coconut oil, especially older oil, but Palm oil is used in leather conditioners, probably contributing to deforestation, dunno, but that's probably a lot better than ambergris, which palm oil was meant to replace after whaling was curtailed. All in all, if you can use motor oil, or olive oil, I'ld say you'll probably be alright.


Edited by TexasLady, 24 June 2011 - 02:17 PM.






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