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Mink oil and smell

I apologise if this has already been asked but I've done a search and could only find references to this but not a definite answer.

I have a perfecto jacket. Love it to bits. This year I got caught in a pretty big downpour and water soaked through, making the jacket a little stiffer after it dried so I decided it was time to condition the leather and give it some love.

Bought myself some Angelus branded mink oil. Packaging all says it's pure genuine mink oil, and it's sort of a white paste/waxy substance.

I worked it into the jacket quite well by following instructions I've read here and on the tin.

Then I started reading about reports of mink oil having a smell. The oil doesn't currently smell but from what I gather this will happen as it becomes rancid.

Can anyone tell me if this happens all the time or if it's just a matter of don't apply too much? I've already applied it into the jacket, worked it through, buffed off, and worked into a lot of the stitching. Now i'm worried that after a while it'll start stinking and I won't be able to wear it.

Someone suggest if this is just me being paranoid or if there's some merit to the worry?

I'm also based in Australia so I can't exactly send it to the US to clean professionally.


Gail on 10/08/13 at 01:50 PM

Different products can react differently, we always advise to use all products sparely. Unfortunately leather once soaked through will become stiff when it drys out. If your a rider you may want to invest in a light weight plastic jacket, that you can roll up and carry. Even though you are in Australia you can have the jacket professionally cleaned and conditioned in your country. Many dry cleaners also offer professionally leather cleaning. It is always wise to have your jacket professionally cleaned every few years depending on how much you wear the jacket. By cleaning you prevent your lining from deteriorating from dirt and sweat. Gail

perfecto on 10/08/13 at 08:33 PM

Thanks for the advice.

I'm wondering still, though, is there anything I can do with regards to the mink oil? Does anyone have any experience with using this and under what conditions it will turn rancid?

richgreene on 10/10/13 at 05:21 PM

Dont fret, I've used mink oil on all my leathers for years and theyre in perfect shape. Mink Oil is made for what you are describing---And it doesnt leave any smell either.

ohabanero on 04/15/20 at 01:42 PM

I know this is an old thread but beware of mink oil. It can go rancid and if it does it will smell super stank! I had a pair of red wing boots that i gave up on and they were in the closet for 3 years with baking soda. they're better now but were totally unwearable due to the oil smell. There are plenty of awesome leather conditioners on the market that do not contain mink oil or go bad. Oils pastes and creams. Google it and avoid mink oil. most of the big boot crafters have their own formula and there are lots of boutique formula as well. if some folks have good experience with the mink oil great. Trust me though... Don't risk it if you haven't already tried it you may be sorry. 

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