Hey guys! :) I was thinking of ways to be more consistent in posting on this blog, so I’ve decided to try sticking to a schedule. I’ll be posting 2-3 times a week on Sundays, Tuesdays, and/or Thursdays. This post was actually supposed to go up yesterday (Thursday) but I got caught up watching Veronica Mars (which I am just now watching so I can see the movie!) so I didn’t get to finish up. Hehe. Hopefully a schedule will help me get organized so that I can queue posts ahead of time instead of rushing to finish something the day before. We’ll see how it goes! Anyway, moving on to the product I want to share with you today: Smith’s Rosebud Salve (490.00 Php at PCX) is one of those “cult-favourite” products that everyone has tried out or at least heard of. I’ve seen it in countless magazines, featured as a multipurpose product that celebs wouldn’t be caught without. The Rosebud Salve was originally called “Tholene” and has been in production since 1892 (!!!). For a little tin of a simple petroleum-based salve to sell for that long, you just know it’s doing something right. Rosebud Perfume Co. has also remained under the ownership of the same family for all these years–gotta admire multi-generaltional dedication like that.
The simple, world-famous tin has a pretty vintage look to it. I believe empty tins that are truly vintage items are of considerable value and are considered collectibles. I adore tin packaging in general (be it for biscuits or makeup), so I will probably keep this once I’ve finished the balm. I have already dropped it and put a ding in the side and it will get scratched up if I continue to chuck it in my bag, but that’s just part of the charm of the product. But what does it do, exactly? Smith’s Rosebud Salve is a multipurpose product that a lot of people use primarily as a lip balm. As a lip balm, it is pretty darn effective. It’s not too sticky and it’s easily absorbed by the skin but it does not leave your lips thirsting for more until a good amount of time later. As a general moisturizer and cuticle softener, it also works great. I haven’t tried it on any minor burns but I did get to try it on a skin asthma rash on my face that was very red and rough. I usually apply Physiogel AI cream to rashes and it helps soothe them over the course of a couple of days, but after applying the Rosebud Salve, the redness abated almost instantly and the rough skin smoothed out overnight. Impressive!
I was hesitant to try Smith’s Rosebud Salve for a long time because it’s simply made of Pure White Petrolatum (Surgical Grade), Cotton Seed Oil, a Trade Secret Blend of Essential Oils, and Botanicals. How much of a difference could some oils and botanicals make, right? I thought it was going to be a glorified tub of petroleum jelly. Not so. Rosewater, rose essence, rose oil, or whatever variation of rose extract you can derive makes for a great skincare ingredient. As the name of the product suggests, Rosebud Salve contains rose extract in one form or another (the ingredients list does not specify–probably because the formula is a secret) and that’s what gives the salve its pretty pink colour, the smell of your lola’s scented rosary, and incredible soothing properties. It’s those soothing properties that helped heal my skin asthma rashes so quickly. Tbh, I was most concerned about the smell–rose isn’t very “me” but it turned out to be very mild and natural. It does’t linger either and it most definitely is not artificial. Yay!
I got my Rosebud Salve while shopping for toiletries at PCX. I knew they carried the product, but never thought to pick it up because of the reasons I mentioned earlier. On that particular day though, I spotted a former high school classmate who I absolutely did not want to see. She was paying at the cashier so I stood back and lingered in an aisle until I was sure she left (lol). The Rosebud Salve happened to be on display in that particular aisle, so staring at it for a good few minutes led me to pick it up and throw it in my basket. I guess something good came out of the close encounter, hehe!
I picked up the regular variant of the salve, but there were others available in the store including Minted Rose, Strawberry, Mocha Rose, and the regular Rosebud variant in plastic tube packaging. What I did not see but was hoping to find was their Menthol and Eucalyptus Balm.
Have you guys tried this cult fave or any of the other variants? :) What do you think of them?