Much like raw denim, vegetable tanned leather wears gracefully and molds to the your habits over time. The leather darkens and develops a natural patina over time with exposure to natural elements like sun, water and oil. After several months or years, your mousepad will acquire a rich unique patina that is strikingly different from how it looked when brand new. The more you use it, the better it looks. This is the beauty of leather.
There is no need to add oil or condition your new mousepad. Over time, the oils from your hands will condition your mousepad naturally, and it will gradually change color to your unique pattern of use. Vegetable tanned leather can be lightly cleaned and conditioned by buffing briskly with a soft clean cloth. The friction slightly heats the leather and brings its natural oils to the surface.
If however the leather does appear to be drying out, you can apply mink oil. Apply a light coat of oil using a dry cloth. Allow to dry before using your mousepad.
Comparison of NEW vs OLD (12 months)