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Best Of, Hot Lips - March 20th, 2012

I’ve been meaning to write a post devoted to Smith’s Rosebud salves for a while now, so here it finally is. The company was started by George F. Smith in 1895, and is still family-owned today. This is definitely part of the charm for me, that it isn’t some slick corporate operation. I love how simple and un-corporate their website is, for example.

My three favorite products are all actually variations on the original Rosebud Salve. I’ll get my nitpick out of the way first: the ingredient lists on the packaging suck. There, I said it. None of them really list what-all is in the product. I overlook this because the STUFF WORKS. But since an incomplete ingredient list might be a deal-breaker for some people, I like to throw it out there first. What all of them have in common is the petrolatum base, which is why I like it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I really love plant-based products and usually prefer them. But in the case of dead-of-winter chapped lips, nothing protects my lips like petrolatum, and Rosebud is what I reach for.

As an aside, Rosebud salve works great for spreading next to your hairline and on your ears to keep purple hair dye off your skin. LOL.

The tins are quite large, so you get a lot of product. I also use this as cuticle balm, and I’ve been known to pat small amounts on a sore, chapped nose (from a cold) at night. (Not so great during the day, since it’s tinted and I don’t want to go around with an extra-pink nose, lol.)

The Minted Rose was (and still is) my first favorite. I usually dislike mint in lip stuff, but it’s not super-minty and the rose is a nice mix with mint. The tint is perfect for a your-lips-but-better look. It’s the brightest/most noticeable of the three, in terms of the tint.

The Mocha Rose is amazingly delicious, and a lighter tint. has a better ingredients list for this one on their website. This one has my favorite FLAVOR. It is lip-smacking good, if you like chocolate, which I do. It has both cocoa and vanilla extracts in it. YUM.

The Brambleberry Rose was my favorite flavor before Mocha Rose came along. The sweet berry-vanilla-rose flavor is yummy. This one has the prettiest tin, in my opinion. The lady is Vivian, the founder G.F. Smith’s granddaughter. The picture is from the 1940′s. also has ingredients for this one.

I haven’t tried them yet, but now Mocha Rose, Strawberry, and original Rosebud all come in tubes! I think I definitely will be wanting the Mocha Rose, at a minimum. I love tube packaging.

Smith’s Rosebud salves combine a family business with an effective product and I love the retro, metal tins. Overall, these are definitely on my “best of” list.

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