Product Review – Smith’s Rosebud Salve

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Product: Smith’s Rosebud Salve
Use: As a lip blam and moisturizer for chaffed skin.
Price: about $5.50 for a 0.8 oz tin
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: C

Smith’s Rosebud Salve has been around since 1892 and consistently gets favorable write ups in the big fashion and beauty mags.


It’s made from a petrolatum base mixed with cotton seed oil, aromal and essential oils. The tin says that in addition to using it as lip gloss or balm, it can also be used on chapped skin, blemishes, diaper rash or detergent burn.

I bought a tin on impulse at Pure Beauty and after using it for a few weeks I have only one word regarding all the hype: WHY? So many beauty editors love this stuff but I think it’s way overrated.

Sure, the tin is kinda cute and the salve smells nice and rosy but I don’t find it moisturizing enough for my lips at all. It actually dried my lips out and left me with nasty lip flakes the day after. I’ve tried using it on dry patches of skin on my elbows and as a cuticle moisturizer but all I end up with are greasy elbows and fingers. And there’s no way in Hades that I’d pile this greasy goo on a pimple.

Readily available, smells good. A little seems to go a long way.

Dried out my lips. Greasy consistency. I’ve also read stories about the product melting in hot weather and leaving gobs of goo in purses, pockets and cars. Ewwww.


Last night’s birthday dinner for my dad was fun. We ended up going to a rib joint for dinner. The restaurant staff played alternative 90s-esque music over the speakers, and it was kinda funny watching my parents dig into their ribs as the Nine Inch Nails song “Head Like a Hole” played in the background.

Tomorrow I’m going to a baby shower and I’m going to do what I was put on this earth to do: kick ass at the baby shower games. At every baby shower I’ve ever attended I’ve gone home with at least 2 or 3 game prizes. Foot lotion, restaurant gift certificates, bubble bath – if it’s been given out as a baby shower game prize I’ve won it. Unfortunately, winning baby shower games is a weird skill that has not translated into other games of chance, like the Super Lottery.

The weekend is just around the corner, ya’ll! Hope you have an easy and relaxing Friday wherever yer at!

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


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  1. Hboo says:

    I so agree! I bought 3 of them in hopes, but all were an epic fail!

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