We wanted the perfect wood finish for our wallets.
It's important to apply a finish to protect and seal natural wood. We didn't want to use a potentially toxic or chemical based finish on a product that we would use so frequently. We tested a bunch of different finishes but nothing worked like we wanted it to.
Ultimately, we had 2 simple needs for our wood finish:
1) Protection - Wood finish needs to seal the wood to help protect against moisture, spills and all the stuff we get on our hands. It still had to be flexible though. Most of the finishes we tried didn't dry well or created an inflexible surface finish. Our finish had to penetrate the wood, not stay slimy, and protect against excessive moisture and mess.
2) Scent - Almost every single finish we tested (ok, more like 100% of them) had an odor that did not smell good, let alone be something we wanted to constantly have our hands on. Our finish had to do more than just smell good, it had to smell amazing. Like a walk through a beautiful forest on a cool spring evening.
So we created our own wood finish.
The guy who did a lot of our website development (Bryan) also makes his own beard oil blends on the side. Obviously we couldn't use beard oil but we at least had a starting point. Bryan brought in his epic collection of waxes, oils, and more stuff that we can't even pronounce (all of it 100% organic and safe to apply directly to your skin).
It took us weeks of trial and error but we slowly worked through every crazy combination of essential oils and waxes to finally arrive at the perfect scent. It's a secret blend of 5 different oils and waxes mixed in varying amounts that creates a finish that is protective and smells amazing. When you get your new wallet, close your eyes, give it a sniff, and tell us you aren't transported to the forest!