Bloom on Horween Chromexcel and Shell Cordovan Leathers
Horween Chromexcel and shell cordovan have a very high oil/wax/grease content. The whitish waxy look that sometimes appears on the outside of the leather is what we call “bloom”. Over time the wax starts to come to the surface and causes a cloudy/hazy look. You can very easily wipe this off or brush it to a very nice shine with a horsehair brush. No shoe polish required!
Bloom is a desirable characteristic for leather because it means that the fibers are properly nourished with greases/oils/wax and won't dry out over time. Here is a photo of Ashland's Natural Chromexcel Johnny the Fox Bifold
with bloom – photos taken before and after a 5 second brushing.