I really appreciate your perspective and informative post.
I'm going to ask a really stupid question now: Is saddle soap actually soap? I only glanced in the tin I got weeks ago (and haven't used) and it seems like it looked waxy/oily. It made me think the word "soap" wasn't being used literally...
Are there products meant to look/apply like saddle soap but are pH-corrected?
Lexol-ph is a liquid soap that is ph balanced. As pB said why use a product that is potentially harmful when there's such an obvious and objectively non-harmful alternative?
Every soap I've ever heard of was made from fat and an alkali. Ipso facto, it might be expected to look waxy/oily.