Saphir's Dubbin Shoe Polish (Graisse) is enriched with mink fish seal oil, containing 15% of natural animal oil and contains no pigment. It is incredibly nourishing, softening, and waterproofing. Great for keeping a more distressed look for hiking, mountain, sports, and hunting footwear. However, it is equally incredible for semi-annual deep conditioning of fine calfskin leather, especially in areas of the shoe that are prone to cracking (namely, the vamp).
For deep conditioning twice a year, we recommend that you first strip all polish from your calfskin shoes with Saphir Reno'Mat. The removes the build up of prior polish, all silicone that may have accumulated from non-Saphir polishes, and any embedded dirt. It basically strips away anything that has been added to the original leather.
Then, around the vamp (the area between the laces and toe box), apply the Graisse, massaging a light coat of the Dubbin into the leather. Because of how nourishing the Graisse is, allow the shoes two to three days to fully absorb all the nutrients. Before the Graisse is fully absorbed, the shoes will not take a polish. Please refer to the diagram above on application areas.
Then, as you would normally, apply a coat of Saphir Renovateur, followed by two coats of Saphir Medaille d'Or Pommadier Cream Polish to re-saturate the finish, followed by two coats of Saphir Medaille d'Or Pate de Lux Wax Polish (with an extra coat on the toe box to bring up a high-gloss shine). After this routine, your shoes will be incredibly conditioned and protected for another six months of incredible wear.
Directions for Rough Leather Shoes
First clean shoes with Saphir Saddle Soap or Cleaning Soap to remove all dirt and debris. Allow shoes to dry. Apply Saphir Dubbin generously using a dauber or chamois cloth. Allow a few minutes for the Dubbin to soak into the leather before buffing off with a horsehair brush.
100 ml. Made in France.