Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cosmetics Review: Smith's Rosebud Salve

The Product: Smith's Rosebud Salve

The Review: This is another one of those products you'll see in magazines all over the place. It's touted as a miracle balm that works wonders on your skin and lips and does everything but walk on water and heal the blind. But is it really the Jesus of lipbalms? It could be, but it all depends on what you prefer in a lip balm. Personally, I really like it. It has such a nice texture- not too thick, smooth, and without a hint of greasyness or stickiness. It's not matte and has a barely-there tint that enhances your natural lip color and makes your lips look kissable, even if they're chapped as hell. It also works well as a cuticle remedy and spot treatment for dry patches, because it both protects and moisturizes.

Since I will buy and rebuy this product probably until I'm 90, it passes the test. I love the way it feels on my lips and feel it does a good job keeping them from making me miserable, especially in the winter months. Sometimes, I wear it by itself. Sometimes, I layer it under lipstick or use it in tandem with other lip balms. The only thing that bothers me a little is the smell of the original, which took a little getting used to, because I don't really like flowery scents on my lips. The manufacturers have fixed this by offering a couple different formulations, like Strawberry, Mocha Rose, and Brambleberry Rose, my personal favorite.

However, while I like this lip balm an awful lot, I don't think it's as miraculous as people build it up to being. It simply does a good job without a lot of frills, it's convenient, and it's cheap. The original rosebud salve is only $6 for a tin that will last you forever. And I mean forever. Months and months and months. I always lose my tins before I finish them, actually. And then I wind up stealing some from my sister whenever I see her; she's a fan of the salve as well. And, in case you're like me and tend to plot out Christmas gifts waaaaay in advance, it makes a great stocking stuffer.

Rated Beauty Grade: A

Cost: $6 for the original, $7 for the flavors

Where to Purchase: Sephora has the Original and Strawberry. Beauty Habit has all of them.


  1. I want this. I have wanted this forever. However, every time I try to find it in stores, it's not there. And I can't justify paying shipping on a $6 purchase to buy it online. But if Sephora has it... then I might just have to wander over to the mall later today. Poor me. Sigh.

  2. Also, loving the new look of the blog BTW. I'm a fan of bows.

  3. Why thank you!!! I get bored of blog looks really fast and like to change them around all the time. I did some dinking around on the Rosebud Perfume Co's official site, and apparently, they also sell it at Urban Outfitters, too.

  4. Brilliant. Too bad I just started a Mint.com account and got a good hard look at my finances. Pretty sure I can't spend money til December.

    And I'm super jealous of all the cute themes Blogger seems to have, the Wordpress free themes are boring :(