There are a plethora of different products that can be used for the care and maintenance of our handbags, but recently I have been seeing one product, in particular, is being mentioned quite a bit in CHANEL social spheres. Today we will be taking a look at the Collonil Carbon Pro spray.
If you search up how to care for your luxury handbag, chances are you’ve come across this product at some point. It’s a multi-use spray that coats your luxury goods with an invisible layer of waterproofing technology, which in turn, prevents watermarking and color transfer onto the materials. “Innovative carbon technology with long-lasting effect against wetness and dirt. After the application…a resistant, breathable, net-like structure of polymer chains develops.” This product seems to be very versatile as one can also use it on other items such as shoes, clothing, tents, etc. but for our purposes, we will be mainly talking about its effect on leather handbags.
First up, I used this product on my Classic Lambskin WOC in Black. Although the bag is black, lambskin is susceptible to water damage and the markings are visible to the naked eye (although not as severe as lighter colors).
Before using the Carbon Pro spray, I treated my WOC with Cadillac Select Leather Lotion Cleaner. After allowing that to get fully absorbed, I buffed the bag all over and then went ahead and sprayed the piece with Carbon Pro, making sure not to saturate the surface nor stay in one spot for an extended period of time.
TIP: Before spraying your belonging, spray the product in an open direction so that the spritzer doesn’t land a few whole drops of product on your purse/shoes/coat during the first use. Ensure you have a fine, even spray before applying to your product. Also make sure to use this product outdoors or in a well-ventilated area.
The instructions on the side of the canister say to spray from a distance of 30 cm, allow to dry, and to polish smooth leather and/or roughen suede afterward. After spraying my WOC, I let it dry and polished it with the polishing cloth that Chanel provided.
And just as expected, the WOC looks perfect! There are no fine spray marks and the WOC looks as it always has. I repeated the process with my Old Medium Lambskin Le Boy as well with the same results. Interestingly though, the Boy absorbed the product a lot faster. I’m guessing different lambskin from different seasons may have to do with that.
Moving onto a different material and color~ I was a little more apprehensive when it came time to spray my new baby/unicorn, the Small Chevron Beige Le Boy in Calfskin Caviar leather. I worried a tad bit about discoloration, but went ahead and repeated the process again, spraying about 30 cm away from the bag and allowing it to dry. And it came out BEAUTIFULLY. There were no changes to the color of the bag, and it looks as it always has.
Now I don’t have to worry as much when I’m caught in the rain or drinking a beverage. Luckily for me, we don’t get much rain (or snow, or any extreme weather, really) in my part of California. What can I say, we’re really spoiled with nice weather for a large majority of the year 😉😉😉
What products do you use for your bags? Please share in the comments below 🙂 I hope this post has been helpful for those of you out there looking for a solution to watermarking, spills, and color transfer.
UPDATE 09/24/2020: Just wanted to let everyone know that some time ago, I noticed that the back of my beige boy’s color looked a bit off. Upon closer inspection, the caviar was definitely slightly discolored (likely from black jeans I wore). The good news is that the dye came right off with a few quick wipes with WaterWipes Baby Wipes 🙂
I happened to have these around the house because it’s what we used on the boys. They’re both out of diapers now, but we still keep them handy for outings. They claim to be 99.9% water & 0.01% fruit extract so I felt confident when using them on my bags.
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