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Obenaufs will lighten up as well. Get some coloured shoe polish or leather dye.
Just curious, why didn't you burnish the sole edge and heel stack? IMO it just doesn't look quite finished. Otherwise they're great though.
The reason raw denim companies don't do prewashing and predistressing is that the machines are quite expensive and it is a huge overhead for these smaller companies to take on. Or if you do it by hand which some brands do, it is very labour intensive. It also goes against the brand image that many of these companies pursue. 
I have never noticed any adverse effects. Granted it never even crossed my mind before you mentioned it. I think it would kinda act like crocking on a pair of new jeans, and the chemicals would only bleed considerably when new. So if you wore socks when they were new, and maybe did a light wash of the inside with a leather cleaner. I'd imagine that would help even if the only difference it makes is peace of mind. I really think it could only cause issues if you have very...
Where are you getting you're information from? I couldn't find anything backing up your statement that petroleum solvents act as a weak acid, besides it not even logical to be able to generalize all petroleum solvents as there is such a broad range. Benzene, one of the more common petroleum solvents, cannot act as an acid. All the hydrogen atoms are very securely bonded to the ring, and it will not be stable at all in its conjugate base. Next time, before you get up on...
The beeswax leather scuffs really easily like that, you can get most of it out by simply wetting you thumb and rubbing it. Conditioning should do the trick as well.
A buffered acidic solution contains a weak acid and its conjugate base (vice versa for a buffered base). For example glycolic acid has the formula HOCH2COOH, then its conjugate base would be the same other than the loss off a hydrogen OCH2COOH- . Any weak acid does not fully dissociate in water it sits at an equilibrium, only a small percentage of the acidic molecules actually gives up their hydrogen in water making the solution more acidic. The addition of any basic...
I am a bit lost on how you are using 'buffer' still. Are you using it in the way that the leather can shift pH a bit and still be in a healthy zone? Or are you referring to a buffer solution? A buffer solution minimizes the change in pH by shifting it's equilibrium to match the addition of acidic hydronium ions, or basic hydroxide ions. Leathers are tanned with acidic buffers, and some products like vinegar (another good reason to use it) can act as a buffer solution. What...
If enough there is a large enough percentage of oils, it will be soft enough to apply at room temperature. Solvent is not the only way to mix water with oils and waxes, you can also create emulsions using emulsifying waxes. They work on the principle that the water and waxes/oils do not dissolve with each other, but the wax hardens enough after a thorough mixing to suspend water molecules throughout the mixture. This will give a mixture that is much softer than the waxes...
No added solvent is needed to mix carnuba, beeswax, avocado and jojoba oil. They are all non-polar molecules which means they will soluble in each other, they really aren't very disparate, the difference between a wax and a oil is just the length of the carbon chain. They could easily be mixed by simply melting the solid beeswax and carnuba and stirring it together with the oils.  The hardness is would simply be dependent on the ratio of oils to waxes.  It should be quite...
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