Smith's Leather Balm
The adventures of a husband & wife in Maine
Hand pouring an all natural leather conditioner
Saturdays at the Smith house.
Early to rise while the house is quiet and still.
Hot coffee and a quick read. Walk the dogs.
Then, make a batch of balm and fill orders.
Try to hit the Post Office before noon.
Spend the rest of the afternoon together as a family.
We’re trying to find that balance in our lives
Between running a business and running a family.
In the midst of the Holliday hustle make sure you
Take some time to be with the ones you love.
And be there. All there. Together.
Goodbye, old friend.
Up until last week every batch of hand poured balm
Had been prepared in this simple stainless pitcher.
Designed for use as a camp fire coffee pot,
It has served us well for more than a year now.
This week we upgraded to a 20 quart stainless pot.
Rest assured, every batch is still hand measured,
Hand stirred and hand poured with love
Right on our stove top- just in a slightly larger vessel
Welcome to the family.
Thank you to everyone who came out to support
Our pop-up shop at the Portland Trading Company.
This event was a tremendous success.
We don’t measure success in number of tins sold.
But rather in the amount of people we met and
In the number of friends we made.
And this weekend- we made a BUNCH of friends.
Thank you @portlandtradingco
for having us.
It was a honor for us to be featured
at the hippest spot in all of Portland.
This rocky coastline is our spot.
It’s a short walk from our house. Less than a mile.
We like to sit here and listen to the waves
crash like thunder on the rocks at our feet.
It sends a salty mist into the air.
As you breathe it in, it helps you reset.
The coast has always been our retreat.
A quiet place to relax and refocus.
If it’s too cold we sit in the warm Jeep and listen to
“Coastline” by @hollowcoves
on repeat while we
watch the waves from a safe (warm) distance.
Life passes by in seasons.
We used to have an ordinary life. Boring, I guess.
Married with kids. School, work, sleep, repeat.
Until the day we decided (reluctantly) to step out
and try something new. We filled a few tins
with our scratch made leather balm and sent them
out into the world, just soliciting feedback.
I remember thinking; “Who knows, maybe this
could turn into something big one day.”
Never would I have imagined that one year later
we’d be filling 1,000 tins a week in our small kitchen.
I guess the message here is; break from the ordinary.
Try something new. Take a chance. You may find
That crazy idea of yours isn’t so crazy after all.
Thank you for the opportunity to live out our dream,
Together, as a family, making balm, just doing life.
The perfect stocking stuffer.
Orders placed today will also receive:
A FREE Smith’s Leather Balm magnet and pin
Plus FREE US Shipping on orders of 2 or more.
Leather boots and bags are on many wish lists.
Give them a way to care for that beautiful leather.
Plus you can spend Christmas Day watching
Worn leather boots, bags and gloves
Be magically transformed back to life.
📸 Our friend Erhan @tworoutes
Thanksgiving leads to peace.
This journey has been the busiest part of our lives.
We made the decision to start a small business,
Home school our kids and renovate a small barn.
It’s been quite an adventure. Stressful at times.
But we’ve found the amount of stress in our lives
Is tied directly to the level of gratitude in our hearts.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed by our responsibilities.
But when we stop to consider our many blessings
Much of the stress and anxiety seems to melt away.
Pause and reflect on the good things in your life.
With gratitude comes contentment. With it, peace.
We all have so very much to be thankful for.
-The Smith Family
Handmade Gift Challenge
This Christmas season, before you start shopping
We’re challenging you to change the way you gift:
This year, give at least one thing that’s handmade.
The best, most thoughtful gifts are made by hand;
Made on a workbench, not in China.
Made in a studio, not in a factory.
You may not be able to make something by hand
That’s okay. Find someone who does.
Find a craftsman, an artist, creator or builder.
Find someone making quality goods by hand.
Dad doesn’t need another tie.
Mom has plenty of perfume.
Stop lame gift card swaps and white elephant gifts.
This year, give the gift of handmade.
If you accept our challenge please let us know
And consider sharing the idea with a friend.
There is an image in our stories you can share.
We’re having company.
A King actually. We’re hosting a King this weekend.
Last year, when our brand was still just an idea
We mailed samples to a few select leather craftsmen.
We were soliciting feedback. Is this stuff any good?
I remember sending one of those very first samples
To a master leather craftsman in Ontario.
Today, he’s one of my closest friends.
This weekend he’s coming to help our brand.
He’s never been to Maine so this will be fun.
We’ll eat lobster, drink Moxie and talk leather.
Maybe we’ll do a live Q&A this weekend.
Please let us know if that sounds interesting.
Fall in Maine happens so fast.
It’s tough deciding how to spend a Saturday.
We’ve only got a couple weekends to complete
projects around the house before winter arrives.
That also means only a few more opportunities
for Fall hikes, camp fires and Jeep rides.
You win this Saturday, Responsibility. We’ll be
working on the barn with some help from Dad.
We hope you get to spend some time outdoors.
We still have a few hoodies left in stock.
Grab one today and we’ll toss in a free tin of balm.
Day 100 in our new home.
Built in 1940 as a barn, this 1,000 square feet
Is our home, home business and home school.
There is no leaving for work or for school.
Everything we do happens in this space.
Every tin is poured by hand within these walls.
I’d be lying if I told you it never gets crowded.
We have 3 kids and 2 dogs who can’t sit still.
Some days we take Jeep rides just to get fresh air.
We walk to our favorite coffee shop every day.
But we’ve found it refreshing having only
What we need (what we can fit) in our lives.
This lifestyle may not be for everyone,
But for our family, simple is better.
A handwritten Thank You.
Thursday we set a goal to raise $1,000
To purchase winter boots for families in need.
You helped us meet that goal in just 24 hours!
Thank you. We are so incredibly grateful.
Last month 100+ handwritten letters poured in.
Your stories, love and support have been amazing.
We replied to each letter with a handwritten note.
The friends we’ve made will forever be the most
Exciting part of this journey for our family.
Communicating our gratitude in a post is impossible.
But seriously; Thank You. You’ve overwhelmed us.
Give back. Give boots. (SEE BIO)
Maine winters are tough. Temps below zero and
Several months of heavy snow on the ground.
Winter can be especially difficult for those
Who don’t own a warm pair of winter boots.
With 12% of Mainers living in poverty
And an estimated 6,000 homeless in our State
Many face winter with only an old pair of sneakers.
We’d like to change that.
To celebrate our 1 year Anniversary
We’re donating ALL sales this week toward
Purchasing warm winter boots for those in need.
Our goal is to raise $1,000 which will purchase
Almost 50 pairs of warm boots for those in need.
Our generous friends @kitterytradingpost
Will sell us boots at cost and match our donation!
To learn more, follow our progress or donate
Please click the link in our BIO
We’re celebrating this week!
November 1st marks our 1 year anniversary.
We’re going to celebrate Thursday by giving back.
We’ve got something BIG planned. Like, real big.
Please celebrate with us this Thursday, Nov 1.
As we say thank you for an incredible first year.
We had an idea that became a business, and
Today we’re in more than 100 stores worldwide.
We couldn’t have done it without your help.
Many of you have become lifelong friends.
Thank you. Sincerely. We are humbled and grateful.
#smithsleatherbalm #turning1 #holdfastliveslow
Our Story | A Film | Link in BIO
Someone told us when we first started out;
I like your balm, but I like your story even more.
If you want to know who we are, how we started or
Why we’re so passionate about nontoxic living,
Watch Our Story by clicking the link in our BIO
Spoiler Alert: Our actual human faces appear
In this short video (3 minutes) not just our torsos :)
Please consider sharing our story with a friend.
Every person we reach puts us one step closer to
Our dream of making leather balm full time.
#smithsleatherbalm #ourstory #holdfastliveslow
Thanks for another record week!
It wasn’t long ago we picked up a batch of these
Handcrafted cases from @davidfurnitureme
They’re gone. They were sold out in a week.
Thank you for the single orders, reorders and
New stockists who have come on board this month.
Thank you for allowing us to do what we love.
We don’t take it for granted. Every day we spend
Together working as a family in our home is a gift.
We appreciate every single one of you.
#smithsleatherbalm #grateful #holdfastliveslow
The science behind boots:
Lacing a pair of boots can make you feel invincible.
The simple act of lacing up a pair of work boots
can release endorphins that interact with receptors
in your brain to reduce your perception of pain.
These endorphins can also trigger a positive
feeling in the body, similar to that of morphine.
So, if you really want to get something done,
Get up, put your boots on, and go do it.
#smithsleatherbalm #itsscience #holdfastliveslow