Originally Posted by iridehorses
My go to, everyday, cleaning and care for product is Fiebing's Saddle Soap (in the can not the spray) used especially after a sweaty ride.
When I condition my saddles I like Hydrophane (there is a darkening version to). I find that it really gets into the pores of the leather.
I like BlackRock cream too. It find that it does a great job of conditioning and softening leather without darkening it. I even use it on shoes, belts, and my wife's handbags. A tiny bit goes a long way. It buffs out to give the leather a nice patina as well.
I also like using 100% Neatsfoot Oil but I like to heat it up before applying. I wouldn't use that method on a light saddle because it will darken it somewhat and subsequent applications will continue to darken it.
BTW, if your leather is not getting soft after applications with cleaners and conditioners, then it may be that the leather is too far gone to bring back or that it is Asian which has leather that wasn't tanned the way European or American leather is prepared.
I also use Fiebing's Saddle Soap. I really, really like it. Makes the leather look nice and new and softens it up a bit.
I've used Black Rock too. It conditions really well and like iride said, a little bit goes a long way. I wouldn't use it after every ride but that's just me. It makes the leather look really...creamy almost. I don't know if leather can look creamy...maybe it just looks smooth.