We've found that shoe creams are much better suited for use on handbags than shoe polishes. Polishes don't penetrate the leather, and give a high shine finish when buffed. Creams are absorbed by the leather - helping to keep it soft and supple - and give a 'satin' finish when buffed. Unlike polish, shoe cream does not cause a build-up over time which needs to be removed with solvents. Made with shoes in mind, but perfect for handbags too!