Proud to Present: Otter Wax

Chris of Otterwax in his element

We believe in taking care of your leather, and so does Chris Chase of Otter Wax. For years, we avoided selling shoe care products because of the sometimes harmful and toxic ingredients that go into them. When carrying beautiful handcrafted leather shoes made with vegetable tanned leather, you want to be sure that you’re using agreeable leather care products that will benefit the shoe.

When we met Chris at a trade show in 2012, we were so excited! We knew his shoe care line would be the right fit for our shop. Four years later, we are continuing to sell Otter Wax!

Saddle Soap with Brush

Otter Wax knows that quality must not be rushed. Their all natural products are formulated and handmade in Portland, Oregon, demonstrating a commitment to making items that are pure, honest, and effective.

Don’t worry, no otters were harmed in the making of these Otter Wax products! The name was inspired by the natural protective qualities of an otter’s coat. Chris and his team believe that Mother Nature has given them all the tools to create shoe care products for everyday life. They use all natural plant-based ingredients from sustainable sources that offer the least amount of environmental impact, and do not ever test their products on animals. In addition to having all their products packaged by hand, Otter Wax requires each of its suppliers to be socially responsible and meet the highest quality standards.

We are proud to carry Otter Wax in our re-souL shop and online. We hope you will love this line as much as we do! If you have any questions about the processes behind using Otter Wax products to maintain you leather, check out the video below.

Or, even better,  join us at re-souL this Saturday, November 19th from 4-6pm for a special event with Chris Chase, founder of Otter Wax! Chris will be doing demos to teach proper leather care techniques using Otter Wax products. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win an Otter Wax gift basket, featuring a range of their all-natural products, and receive a gift with purchase when you come to the event. We’d love to see you!

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Cool Gift Ideas for Dad

Hi, I’m Maggie. My husband (Legh) and I own re-souL. I like to “muse” about things that inspire me. Especially on Mondays.

As I am racking my brain on what to get Legh for Father’s Day, I’m finding myself in a quandary. It’s too bad he works with me, because the shop has some really cool stuff for dads! Since I won’t be gifting him anything from the shop (because face it, that would be lame on my part), it doesn’t mean YOU can’t! Check this out…

Cool Gift's for Dad

 

1. Could dad’s fancy shoes need some spiffying up? Otterwax makes outstanding all-natural leather care products in Portland, Oregon. They smell great and will make dad’s shoes look new again! $13 – $80

 

2. Isn’t it time for dad to wear a wristwatch again? Alessi has the best collection of interesting wrist candy for your favorite dad. $140 – $270

 

3. Is dad’s wallet looking like he dug it up out of a time capsule? J.Fold has some creative styles to up dad’s cool factor. $38 – $58

 

4. Does dad have a desk job? How about one of these fun wooden birds from Architect Made? These 2-piece bird sculptures are simple in design but their pose-ability allows infinite creativity. Dad would have fun playing with one of these. $52 – $70.

 

5. How are dad’s kicks holding up? Maybe treat him to a comfy a pair of SeaVees sneaks. They are sure to become his favorites for casual days. $78 – $98

 

Proud to Present: Otter Wax

Otter Wax products - re-souL

We are so excited about Otter Wax!  A new canvas and leather care product out of Portland, Oregon.  Please don’t fret, this product is not made from otters but more like a source of inspiration for the creator Chris Chase.  It all started when Chris wanted to restore his Filson raincoat with a fresh coat of wax.  He had bought a tin of fabric and canvas wax but was disappointed with the results.  Most waxes are made from a base of paraffin, a petroleum by-product of the oil refining process. Yuck! Who wants their coat oily and smelling of petroleum?

So Chris started his venture into a canvas and leather care collection out of necessity and a desire for an all natural product.  The entire Otter Wax line is made using simple, all-natural ingredients that are non-toxic and silicone-free. The only animal-based products utilized are humanely harvested beeswax and lanolin. Lanolin is a water-proofing wax derived from boiling the wool of shorn sheep. None of these care products contain parts of animal by-products collected from the butchering of animals such as Mink Oil or Neatsfoot Oil.

We have tested this product out on our own vegetable tanned Fiorentini & Baker boots as well as our MOMA shoes and we loved the results! Bonus, these products smell heavenly.  The Otter Wax collection has grown from its humble beginnings of the original Wax Bar to include Saddle Soap Leather Cleanser, Leather Salve Conditioning Treatment and Leather Oil.  Just ask yourself this question when you go to care for your beloved jacket or boots,  why would you treat them with anything that you wouldn’t trust using on your own skin?

You can find the Otter Wax collection at resouL.com.