Oh man, I persevered with this junk. I fell for the hype, and am still in love with the retro packaging (despite the unhygienic finger-dipping aspect), but this is way overpriced, lightly tinted vaseline. Dried my lips out like a desert within thirty minutes of application. For those with chronically dry lips I recommend Aquaphor, revlon lip products, and EA's 8 Hour Cream tinted lip balm stick. My pucker has been transformed since I began sticking to those.
As many others have said, this is rose scented vaseline. It does have some colouring in it but not even enough to appear on my barely pigmented lips. It does not hydrate my skin any more than putting on regular vaseline.
Don't get me wrong, I like the scent, and the packaging is cute, but don't think that you're buying a miracle product here.
This is my go-to lip balm. Absolutely amazing! So hydrating and smells great and very subtle. I personally enjoy the packaging, you get A LOT of product for your money's worth. I tend to put it on my lips at night, and when I awake the next morning, my lips are fully healed and repaired from any damage caused to them during the day or by lipstick wear. I would personally buy all the flavors, but that's because I'm a lip balm junkie. So I can truly tell you that this stuff is hydrating when compared to other major lip balm brands. And it has a really nice glossy shine and best of all, it is NOT sticky at all (unlike Soap and Glory lip balms, another fave of mine, but they are sticky). 10 points for texture, 10 for price and quantity, 10 for hydration.
Price range: They say it's $3-8. I bought the Smith's Rosebud Salve online from Drugstore.com for $3.89, the usual price of this Rosebud Salve would be $6 at Sephora or more at Anthropologie.
Many years ago, my cousin had been using this Rosebud Salve as her lip balm and I was a bit turned off by anything rose, so I didn't really have a good first impression. I don't think I even smelt it before...maybe had seen the rosey pink hue of the lip balm...but yeah, I knew of its existence.
Recently, I had been looking for something to use for my nail cuticles because the Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle cream wasn't quite working for me.
I did my research and learned that Smith's Rosebud Salve is a multi-purpose product. Then I saw on Sephora's website, that Smith's not only had the original Rosebud Salve, they also had a Strawberry flavor and a Mint flavor. Then I found a tin that had all three of those flavors in a tin box for $11.19 (on sale) on Drugstore.com and I had to get it and try it out.
I read about the salve and how you can use it for your dry nail cuticles, as a lip moisturizer, face moisturizer, blemishes, as a hair pomade to smooth out frizzes and etc. It works pretty good. I used to remove make up last night and it worked pretty well. I slather a thin layer on my face and take a cotton ball to remove the make up and it works. I found that once the salve had absorbed into the skin, it makes my skin feel so supple and soft. Very hydrated and my skin felt good. The PMS pimples I had also healed and lost the zit pain.
Some people might not like using their fingers to use the salve, and I have small make up spatulas to use it. But if I'm using it as a lip balm alone, I wouldn't care if I used my fingers. I would just use my pinky finger or ring finger on my left hand because those fingers don't get used as often. Yes, I'm right handed. Anyways, I knew I would like the salve, so I bought the 3 Layer Lavish tin and a loner Smith Salve. I love how small and compact the tin container is. It actually has more product than Nivea Lip Butter lip balm as the Smith Rosebud Salve has a deeper pot than the Nivea one. I own both products and love both. Yeah, sometimes it is hard to open if your hands has something on it.
Scent - The scent is very soft and not overwhelming as I had first thought it might be, but when I opened it and smelt it, it's not a strong scent.
I like that it absorbs into your skin after a couple of minutes of wearing it on your lips or on your skin and it makes your skin feel super soft. It's no wonder it is a cult favorite. It is well worth the hype. I can't wait to try the other flavors. I will wait to use it all and most definitely repurchase it.
I really don't have any complaints for this product's packaging. I think it is super cute and easy to use! I personally like the idea of a potted lip balm, but if you don't this may not be for you!
Depending where you buy this from, it ranges from $3-8. It is most definitely worth it, especially because it comes with a ton of product. I've used mine every night for about six months and still haven't even hit pan!
-Gives "glossy" effect
-The "pan" makes it more difficult to apply than a stick form
Creamy, but not overly greasy. It does make the lips shine!
Rosy (Regular) or Minty (Minted)
This is a great natural alternative to medicated lip balms. It really helps fix dry and peeling lips!
Why is this so popular!? Like a naive idiot, I bought into the hype, and it dried my lips. I felt like I was pulling my dehydrated lips every time I'd try and smile. Also has petrolatum in it, which is debated in its use in cosmetics. From what I read after the fact, like other petrolatum based products, it's locks the moisture in, but doesn't moisturize your lips. It doesn't allow a moisture exchange between your lips and the outside environment. It can protect your lips from moisture loss, but doesn't help moisturize them. Heartbreakingly disappointed. My lips feel like stretched Syrian rap/thin plastic once this dries (within minutes of applying by the way).
I love the tin but that's it. This is incredibly drying and irritating and is so over-hyped. I am ghostly pale and this doesnt even show up pink or red on me in the slightest. I would be better off using vaseline. I hated the product so much that I wiped it out of the tin and kept the tin because I didnt want to throw the packaging away - very cute but also very annoying to get open. Vintagey appeal and celeb endorsements must be what has made this so popular.
I do not understand the hype behind this lip balm. It's scented vaseline. It's not moisturizing, wears off very quickly, and once it wears off your lips are as dry as they were before you applied it. I'm also not a fan of the rose scent.
One of the best lip products I've used! Lasts a long time, cheap, smells great. I have horribly chapped lips and I always use this after my Fresh Sugar Scrub. When I wake up in the morning, I have soft lips.
Seriously I have the most chapped lips EVER. Even after scrubbing them with my own diy sugar scrub they are always chapped. Even the skin around my lips are chapped and always peeling. However after a few consistent weeks of using this my lips are significantly plumper and less chapped. I've even tried an intensive lip balm from lush but it just smelt awful, didn't do anything, and broke my chin out (I never get chin acne). I've also tried baby lips but honestly I feel as though it's a hyped up version of chaptick. I've tried the burt's bee one ad nope again. Even the cute eos balm did nothing for me, it even felt like nothing was being smeared onto my lips when I used it. Surprisingly this worked though :D I don't like tubes (which is the reason why it got 4 stars instead of 5) because it's very unsanitary however I just apply this with a q-tip and it works. I also got 3 tubes for 12 so this was an excellent deal. Love love love. Try it if you have severely chapped lips like mine :DDDD