Recently via Twitter Ron Rider twatted that he had dinner with the Saphir director a few nights ago and he "had no idea so much technology went into shoe polishes". I would like to see him elaborate on this statement especially since he has revealed so much about Saphir products already. I am curious what new info he got out of him. Below are a few quotes from Ron's website regarding different Saphir products, which is an addition to the years old shoe care write-up that he did that appears in this thread already, (which I also nominate to go into the "Articles - Instructional section on this forum along with Lear's "Way of the Mirror"):
On Saphir en generale: " I get alot of questions regarding the make-up of the Medaille D’Or products and why they are better than others on the market. I’ll leave the question of ‘better’ for others to decide, but the main difference between Saphir MDO and XXXX is the lack of additives, resins and silicone which can be harmful to leather. They help get a ‘fast’ shine….but are generally not ideal, in our opinion. More importantly, however, is what we add – not subtract. The use of natural ingredients including turpentine, beeswax, carnuba wax, vegetable oils, ox-foot oil, lanolin and mink oil makes for superior conditioning and glossing products that enhance, not cover, the best leathers."
On Saphir wax polish: "Formulated for ‘glacage’ finishing, this wax is beeswax and turpentine based, with 7 different additional nutrient waxes, including carnuba. The pigments have been selected for their brilliance, tranparency, and clarity. Can be combined to develop a unique patina on high quality leathers."
On Saphir cream polishes: "The original product of Saphir, this ‘Gold Medal’ cream is turpentine and beeswax based with a complex formula that includes numerous vegetable oils, oxfoot oils, and penetrating pigment that will clean, seal, color and re-nourish fine leathers."
On Saphir Renovateur: "This is the product that sold me on Saphir MDO in the first place, and continues to be a product that we have a hard time keeping in stock. I started using this in my re-finishing shop and found it to be exceptional for cleaning, conditioning, smoothing, removing loose pigment, polishing…..everything I was looking for in a simple, single product to finish off my work. Have never looked for another – it’s fantastic. As far as I can tell, it takes the same formula as the Creme 1925, removes the pigment and adds a good deal of Mink Oil. A little goes a LONG way and I suggest it to be used alone as a routine maintenance product as well as between coats of cream/wax as a cleaner and conditioner. They won’t give me the formula – as they shouldn’t – but nevermind….it’s the best all-purpose product I have ever used. Also, as I was told just this morning, there is one ingredient that is very difficult to find and production was stopped in France on the Renovateur until this ingredient (the oxfoot oil?? Arnault??)"