ABOUT OTTER WAX

  • All Otter Wax products are handmade in Portland, Oregon using only the highest quality, all-natural ingredients.
  • None of our products contain actual otters. They’re a source of inspiration, not an ingredient. The only animal by-products utilized are beeswax and lanolin. Both products are humanely harvested without harming animals.
  • At Otter Wax, we believe that labeling a product as All-Natural should not be used as a marketing tool, but rather as a way of demonstrating our commitment to making products that are pure, honest, (and most importantly) effective.

HISTORY (albeit somewhat brief)

Several years ago the founder of Otter Wax (we’ll just call him Chris) had an old Filson tincloth raincoat that needed a fresh coat of wax to restore itís water repellency. After purchasing tin after tin of fabric and canvas wax he always found himself disappointed by the end results which left the coat oily to the touch, shiny, and smelling of petroleum. A little research showed that all of the waxes he’d tried were made from a base of paraffin, a petroleum by-product of the crude oil refining process. This started a search for an all-natural alternative to the parafin-based canvas waxes, only to come up empty-handed time and time-again.

Beginning in his kitchen, Chris set about the formulation of an all-natural alternative to waxing fabrics with petroleum-based products. After an extensive period of development, Otter Wax Heavy Duty Fabric Wax was born as the only all-natural way to waterproof fabrics without using paraffin, silicone, distillates, or other synthetic, artificial, and toxic ingredients. The Otter Wax product line has also grown to include an all-natural line of leather care products including Saddle Soap Leather Cleanser, Leather Salve Conditioning Treatment, and Leather Oil.

The entire Otter Wax product line was developed from asking a simple question: Why would you treat your fabrics or leather with anything that you wouldn’t trust using on your own skin? Waterproofing your jacket doesnít need to involve being in a well-ventilated area, and polishing your shoes shouldnít involve inhaling gasoline-like fumes. The entire Otter Wax product line is made using simple, all-natural ingredients that are non-toxic and silicone-free. We never use ingredients derived from petroleum.

The only animal-based products utilized are humanely harvested beeswax and lanolin, a water-proofing wax derived from boiling the wool of shorn sheep. None of our products contain parts of animal products collected from the butchering animals such as Mink Oil and Neatsfoot Oil.