Re. the Justuhgeek situation. I don't understand why folks take to applying products to brand new shell aldens. I'v heard that reno smells like turpentine. (I don't own it). That's just begging for trouble. So far, all I've used for my alden shell is wet cotton rags, a horsehair brush and a flannel cloth.
I think some people dont like the incredible waxy like surface of a brand new pair............but that is open to interpretation.
As for the the smell of Saphir Renovateur, it is unusual but I would not liken it to turpentine. It is hard to describe, and I dont particularly mind it but Im not looking to make an air freshener out of it. It is a nice product and I like the results I get from it (I use it sparingly, dabbing just enough on my finger one dollop at a time to spread a very thin layer in one section before I move to the next)
Venetian has a much more pungent and chemical like odor but it works quite well too, and I find it brings out a more lustrous shine than Reno.
As so many others have said, less is definitely more. And in general I just brush when needed