Much like our own skin, leather must be conditioned to prevent drying over time. We apply leather conditioner to every item as it leaves our studio. After 6 months or so, depending on your climate and use, your item may need a little love. We use Smith's Leather Balm, which is an all natural leather conditioner free of any scary chemicals. Apply a very small amount of conditioner with a soft cloth in a circular motion. Then buff the leather with a soft cloth. That's it! Just remember to go easy on the amount of conditioner that you use as a little goes a very long way.