my favorite lip balm: smith’s rosebud salve
i’ve gone through a lot of lip balms in my time. i’ve tried ones from more expensive brands like origins and kiehl’s (was even tempted to try la mer but decided against it) to the good ole cheapie brands like chapstick and vaseline. i’ve found that many chapsticks underperform and have very little emollient quality to them…my lips end up more chapped! after much searching, i have finally decided on my favorite: smith’s rosebud salve in the tube, cause the tin packaging gets reallllly dirty!
the tube costs $6 (0.5 oz.) while the tin, which carries 0.8 oz. of rosebud salve goodness, is also $6 at sephora. but because i don’t like to stick my finger into a things, since in my mind i’m contaminating the salve with whatever in on my finger, i would rather buy the tube for ease of mind and take the 0.3 oz. hit. the complete list of ingredients are proprietary, i guess, but what they do list is “cotton seed oil, aromol, essential oils, petrolatum base”. i like that they use a petroleum jelly base because it actually coats my skin/lips really well and prevents moisture loss. i’ve found through experience that the most effective salves are usually made from some sort of petroleum jelly base and this one smell wonderful, like roses! additionally, i like that there is a hint of pink to the salve to tint your lips so it looks a little bit better than rubbing some vaseline all over your smoocher, haha.
i am also a big fan of the minted rose bud salve, but i have yet to find it a tube instead of a tin. until then, i will continue to be a loyal fan of the original rosebud salve!