The best part about the cooler months? Getting to pull out my boots! I live in my leather boots in the fall and winter (and spring, let's be honest), and I live in my flats at other times of the year. And my bags? They're used all of the time, of course.
Since leather is a lot like our skin and can easily dry out, it's important to keep it cleaned and well-conditioned to prevent cracking. If you're like me, you're hard on your shoes and bags and tend to forget to care for them. It always made me a bit nervous to condition my leather items because I didn't want them to darken, but I've found a product that keeps leather in tip-top condition while not darkening (and it's reasonably priced—perfect for someone like me who loses a 16 ounce bottle of leather conditioner and decides to repurchase it...don't ask me how I managed that!). I plan to clean (if needed) and condition my leather at the end of spring and beginning of fall and whenever in-between as needed.
To be honest, I haven't needed to use this product yet. I received it in error when I ordered the leather conditioner (the replacement for the bottle I lost), but I decided to not return it because I think it could be useful in the future in case anything gets really dirty. I love this brand's leather conditioner so much that I figure the cleaner can't be bad! Of course, if I did have to use this, it would be used prior to the conditioner.
This stuff is amazing! It came highly recommended on Amazon and for good reason. (As mentioned above, I lost my 16 ounce bottle and decided to reorder it instead of trying something new. I assume I'll come across the original bottle again at some point, though!) I squeeze out a little bit on a cloth and gently massage it into the leather. It soaks in well, so don't be afraid to apply more if it seems like your leather needs it.
I use these to care for my leather since they are gentle and soft (and machine washable!). They aren't groundbreaking, but they get the job done!