Oh that's actually a good point about softening the empriente leather!I don't intend to condition my empreinte at all. I don't want to risk softening the depth of the embossing.
As for hand lotions....I just think about the smell of old rancid hand lotions on a bag not being a good idea. When a hand lotion goes on your hands, at some point in the day you wash your hands, but those oils just sitting there on a leather bag day after day exposed to heat and the elements seems like a risky proposition. If you aren't cheap with your bags, why be cheap with their care? Purchase a proper leather conditioner. There are several threads on this matter. GL!