It's hard to believe Smith's Rosebud Salve has been around since 1895 and the original formula has been unchanged since! This multipurpose balm can be used on skin and lips and even to tame away flyaways. After reading celebs rave about this product and its many uses, I finally gave in and gave it a try! Queen B says, "I used it to prime my lashes before curling" as stated here so why not give this affordable product a try?!
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When you first open the tin, you see a pink jelly-like consistency. Once you dab your finger or brush into the tin, the formula instantly begins to soften and melt on the topmost layer. When you apply it to lips, it feels very soft, buttery and just lush. I was immediately in love with how it felt on the lips!
But, one of the first things I noticed was the overwhelming rose scent. I figured it would dissipate with time as most beauty products do. But I was wrong, The scent remains. No matter how long it's on your lips for, you continue to smell the rather harsh scent that ended up giving me a headache over time.
If you apply to lips and leave overnight, there will still be some leftover balm on the lips and they do feel very moisturized and soft, which I adore! I haven't had my lips feel like this, like, ever! What' more to love is that you can also go in and scrub your lips the next morning (I just use my toothbrush) to remove dead skin cells to reveal ultra soft lips.
I also tried applying over lipstick and loved it. It added moisture, a bit of shine and didn't ruin the texture of the lipstick. It was just perfect. This multipurpose balm also works great on nail cuticles, elbows, etc. it definitely is a great product to keep around.
But I ended up taking it back to Ulta. Here's why.
The key ingredient is petrolatum which is essentially petroleum jelly. I had no idea this was the main ingredient, otherwise I wouldn't have purchased. Although it says they use a surgical grade or medical grade pure white petrolatum, I still wouldn't risk using it.
On Ulta, the ingredients are listed just as "Cotton Seed Oil, Trade Secret Perfume Premix." Yet on the tin it's actually says "Pure White Petrolatum (Surgical Grade), Cotton Seed Oil, Trade Secret Blend of Essential Oils, Botanicals." I wonder if it was purposefully not mentioned on the Ulta site that there's petrolatum on there?! Not sure why that is?
Next, I just couldn't get over the overpowering rose scent. Trust me, I really tried. And it's not a nice floral-y scent, it's a very strong, granny-like scent that I was just not having, lol.
Anyway, I hope you found this review helpful. Comment below, what's your go-to lip balm?