Just some thoughts on shoe cream containing turpentine. Some of us are allergic to turpentine. For some time now I have been using creams and polishes that contain it, outside of the house. A couple of days ago I got a bit too clever and used Saphir cream on my shoes, inside the house, wondering if I had exaggerated the problem. Within minutes, my eye lids were drying up and I had breathing problems. As a result, I have decided only to use shoe products that do not contain turpentine. This seems to rule out many of the Saphir shoe care creams and polishes.
I know, from experience, that Collonil Creme de Luxe, neutral cream conditioner does not contain turpentine - although some other Collonil products do, I plan to use Creme de Luxe as a cleaner and conditioner. A recent find, though, was that I can smell no turpentine in Loake's own creams (and of course, these are directly matched with Loake shoes). However, Loake's wax polish does contain it.
I prefer the deep sheen that can be achieved by shoe creams rather than the shine that comes from using wax polish. So my 'no turpentine' kit will be the Creme de Luxe and a tin of tan and of burgundy Loake's shoe cream - (most of my shoes are tan). Presumably Loake's creams must be made for them by some other company and branded 'Loake's and I wonder if that would be Collonil. Woly is another company that produce a wide range of non-turps creams. It may also be worth noting that Creme de Luxe also comes in various colours, including tan and burgundy but I have not tried these.
An alternative approach to the non-turps issue is to buy GlenKaren products, but they are not easy to come by here in the UK.
I hope this helps those who, like me, have a real problem with turpentine products.
Edited by Munky - 4/19/14 at 10:10am