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Smith's Rosebud Salve - Original

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Smith's Rosebud Salve - Original


Smith's Rosebud Salve is a cult favourite that is loved by beauty editors, makeup artists and celebrities as the perfect lip balm for soft, kissable, "barely there" rose-tinted lips.


First formulated by pharmacist George F. Smith in 1892 (the company is still owned and run by George's descendants), and packaged in a cute old-fashioned tin designed in 1962, Smith's Rosebud Salve is a nourishing lip balm, perfected over the years.


Smith's Rosebud Salve is also great for use to relieve chapped skin, nappy rash, blemishes, detergent burns, rough cuticles and hands --a true multi-tasker!

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AMAZING - 16-01-2019 by

i use this daily for everything dry especially my lips smells amazing and does the job so welll.

Once the product wears off, my lips feel more dry - 04-01-2019 by

I was so excited to try this as I remember reading ages ago in some magazines that celebrities like Liv Tyler love this stuff but once I finally tried it, my lips didn’t feel moisturised or hydrated at all. It is a bit like scented Vaseline in that it might provide a temporary barrier on the lips but doesn’t really moisturise them, in fact after a couple of hours my lips felt more dry after using this. I have one favourite brand of lip balm that I have used for years and hasn’t been beaten by any others that I’ve tried so far and it’s by Korres. I literally have four tubs of it scattered around and I take one with me at all times. I’m lost without it. I would like to find something new but at the moment it looks like I’ll be sticking with it.

Great - 12-12-2018 by

Really like this lippie, keeps my lips feeling hydrated so much longer then cheaper balms. And the smell is beautiful

A classic lip care item for your handbag - 10-12-2018 by

I bought this because of the beautiful, nostalgic packaging. It reminds me of something my grandmother would have used 'back in her day'. Has a beautiful smell and works well. It's basically just Vaseline fragranced with roses, but there is something about this product that brings a smile to my face every time I use it.

Best Lip Balm Ever! - 30-10-2018 by

Hands down the best Balm I have ever used. It smells amazing and provides such good hydration for the lips.

Not that great - 30-10-2018 by

It didn't live up to the hype for me. It smelt great and was slightly moisturising, but wasn't enough for my ridiculously chapped lips. My natural lip colour is also darker, so the rose tint was non-existent for me.

Beautiful lip gloss - 04-10-2018 by

Perfect amount of hydration for my lips and smells lovely! Cute tin and easy to apply. Will be my go to from now on!

So good! - 04-10-2018 by

Great lip balm. Just wish I had discovered this before spending $100 on the By Terry rose lip balm. I personally love the rose scent. I apply this liberally before bed and wake up with soft and conditioned lips ready for any lipstick.

Too much like Vaseline :( - 21-09-2018 by

The fragrance was the only reason I kept this salve because I was so sad that something so delicious wasn't helping hydrate my lips. It was honestly just the same as putting a layer of vaseline on my lips - it didn't help with hydration at all.

Beautiful pot and lightly moisturising - 12-09-2018 by

I’ve never met a lip balm I didn’t like and this was cute pot, a nice lip balm with lovely natural pink tint. It wasn’t overly hydrating but I keep this on my desk and apply throughout the day. It’s good everyday product

The best! - 03-09-2018 by

This is a beautiful, easy to apply lip gloss! It has a beautiful tint, scent and feel - it leaves my lips in great condition! The tin is pretty big - will last a long time! Cant recommend more highly!

og - 22-08-2018 by

the og. smells great, nice tint, feels nice on lips.

Pretty good - 07-08-2018 by

The tin is soooo cute! the smell is so amazing and its so nice on the lips!

Smells amazing - 26-07-2018 by

I would buy this product just for the smell, it's so lovely. It is also so moisturising for my dry lips and provides a subtle glossy look

Like Vaseline but much better - 13-07-2018 by

A great lip balm that has such an amazing smell! It’s like roses but there’s something else I can’t quite pick , it just smells so beautiful and keeps my lips moisturised

SO glad I listened to the reviews! - 11-07-2018 by

by far the most amazing lip balm I've had.. it actually works so well I will never be without this lip balm!
the smell is sooo pretty and the lip balm keeps my lips really plump and moisturised all day long, definitely gotta try this one if you're after a lip balm that really works!

LIves up to the hype - 09-07-2018 by

I bought this lip balm after researching online for the best lip products. It certainly lives up the hype - leaves lips soft, eliminates cracking, flaking and peeling and does all this very quickly. A few drawbacks, tins can be hard to open, and I bought several of the Smith's salves thinking they would be quite colour-tinted (they look like they are), but they're not. The slightest smidge of colour perhaps. I also thought the tins would be a lot smaller than they are so great value for money but if you have a very small make-up purse you like to carry around they are a little large for that. To wind up on a positive note, a little goes a long way.

THE BEST - 09-07-2018 by

everyone should try this. hands down the best lip balm I've ever used, actually makes your lips so soft and you don't need to use anything else!!

Most kissable lips! - 26-06-2018 by

An iconic lip balm worth all the hype.

Amazing formula, leaves lips feeling baby soft and mositurised. Just the right amount of gloss and a beautiful natural/healthy colour.

The tin is a great size and handbag friendly.

Have since repurchased a few other Smiths lip products and love them all!

softest lips of my life ! - 25-06-2018 by

Have already recommended this product to everyone I know !
I've tried so many lip balms and none work like this. if you have dry lips put this on before bed and you will wake up with super soft lips. I've tried the other lips balms in this range but the original is by far the best in my opinion. All of them work amazingly but the smell in this one is so comforting.

Overhyped - 13-06-2018 by

I purchased this for my mum after reading all the good reviews thinking this would be great for prepping lips before using lipsticks. I felt the formula was a let down it’s basically petrolatum and cotton seed oil with a drop of rose oil. Not convinced, feels cheap on the lips.

Giving me kissable lips 24/7 - 11-06-2018 by

This lip product is amazing! I purchased it when i had a cold to remedy dry chapped lips - and it delivered above and beyond my expectations. The formula smells lovely, glides on the lips and heals and moisturizes - leaving soft, smooth, kissable lips! The tin is quite large and will last for ages! Great value for money! Very comparable to high end expensive lip products for a fraction of the price! So glad i purchased it! Have since purchased the other scents. Would make a lovely little gift!

Brilliant - 30-05-2018 by

I have spent a small fortune over the years searching for the perfect lip balm and I finally found it! I suffer very badly from dry, cracked lips and this is the solution. I recently took it on a trip to Bali and loved that it didn’t turn to mush being carted around in my bag all day. This is the only lip balm I have found that I don’t have to reapply every 5 minutes. I would go hours before realising I hadn’t felt the need to reapply. So happy with the product and the pricing.

Holy grail - 18-05-2018 by

Smells, looks and is amazing. Everyone should own one of these!

Lovely lip balm - 07-05-2018 by

I love this lip balm, it is so soothing and moisturising, smells beautiful, and has a nice touch of pink tint.

Welcome to Lip Heaven - 30-04-2018 by

I bought this to try as part of a selection, with the Mandarin variety and the Brambleberry one.
I figured I would almost certainly regret spending $45 on lip balms - it was hard enough to convince myself to spend $15 on one, but then once I'd decided to, I couldn't pick from those three which one I most wanted, so I was a bit cheeky and just got them all - but I had been eyeing off the Rosebud Salve for a while, and wanted to see if it was the equal of its fame.
...yeah, it's basically *the* perfect multi-ointment; equally lovely on lips, cuticles, elbows and even dabbed under ears for a very subtle solid perfume, all my three smell amazing (the rose one has no flavour, though; as one might expect) and the tins are the size of baby shoe polishes. I'm not going to need to buy another lip balm for a year.
And when I do, it'll definitely be a Smith's.
For the record, I do think this original format is my favourite. I'm mad for roses. <3

obsession - 27-03-2018 by

I have been using this salve for about 6 years and it's honestly the best. It's so multi purpose and such a dreamy light rose scent. I have huge dry lips and this salve always gets me compliments as soon as I smack some on.

Will Never Use Another Lip Balm Again - 06-02-2018 by

Wow! So initially I added this to my cart to round out my total and claim a discount, although I had heard great things about this product I didnt expect much more than just a nice smelling lip balm. I have always suffered with chapped and cracked lips, really badly. I began only applying rosebud salve before bed with my skin care routine to savour it due to how much it cost, but now I carry it everywhere. Smells amazing, has a lovely pink colour which looks like a natural tint and its so moisturising. If you're considering buying this but put off by the price, don't be its totally worth it.

I use this for EVERYTHING - 13-11-2017 by

This stuff is seriously amazing!! It works so well for dry lips, and it sounds crazy but my nose gets really dry and sore from constantly using tissues because of hayfever. I put this stuff around my nostrils and it literally solves all my problems. Also using this is a brow gel is amazing as it has a slight tint to it. Definitely recommend 10/10

Wow!! - 25-10-2014 by

I love love love this!! I have tried so many lip palms for my dry cracked lips and this is the only thing that really worked. It smells great and it comes in such a cute tin. Also for the price this has lasted me over a year now.

Best thing I've ever have - 18-08-2014 by

It smells so great and feels so soft and silky. My lips are very dry but only with one touch, it keeps my lips so moist and soften all the dry bits. I also use it on my hand cuts, it helps the cuts to heal so quickly. Also great for pimple! The best thing ever, great value. A must have!

Love it! - 16-07-2014 by

I discovered Smith's Rosebud Salve around 10 years ago and I haven't found anything better! It smells great with a subtle rose scent, its not sticky, and the packaging is so cute!!

Best Lip Balm! - 12-06-2014 by

I have tried countless lip products as i do have extremely dry, cracked lips and this product is the only lip balm that doesn't make them worse than they already are. It has a faint Rose oil scent but its nothing dramatic. I like to lather it on my lips before i go to bed and wake up with silky smooth lips the next day. I also like to put a tiny bit through my hair if it becomes frizzy. Although it may seem a little over priced for a lip balm it is honestly worth it! Overall this is a product that i will continue to buy for a really long time xx

Love the product but a little exxy - 23-09-2013 by

Smith's Rosebud Salve is a beautiful and luxurious product. Love the smell, love the cute vintage tin but I think it's a little expensive. However it is long-lasting so I'll continue to buy it because I suffer from terribly dry and cracking lips all the time, as well as cracked knuckle skin.

Best all round thing in a long time - 21-10-2012 by

I bought this on an impulse for myself and my daughters to try.
It's proving to be the best thing I've done in a long time. Our lips are soft and smooth with a slight gloss.
My cracked and peeling farmers cuticles have turned into normal "real peoples" nails.
I love it
I've tossed everything else out of my bag and just carry my rosebud salve.

Top overall product - 07-10-2012 by

This is a fantastic product and a must in your beauty bag. Great for lips, rough hands and even to highlight cheek bones! I even used it on a sore nose after having a cold. Will be buying this again.

Love it - 20-08-2012 by

I absolutely love this product!
I've been buying it for quite a few years & don't know how I managed without it.
It's great as a lip balm my teenage daughters love it for blemishes
I've used it on my grand daughters nappy rash
I recommend it to everyone from the girl who makes my coffee every morning to the lady at woolies:)

Great multi purpose product - 05-02-2012 by

I love this product. It is great as a lip blam, keeps your lips soft with a nice subtle gloss. It has a very pleasant smell. I have been using this balm on my cuticles and rough patches on my hands and it has helped a lot. Very cute packaging too!

- 15-02-2011 by

I love this product for three reasons: 1. The package is cute and good value for money 2. It is a fantastic all round beauty product i have used it as a lip balm (ofcourse),an eye shadow base, a cheek tint for a dewy glow, a hand cream and on occasion i have used it as an emergency hair styling cream. 3. I was recently a bit of a kluts and burnt my hand on my GHD, i applyed the salve all night and the next day i had no blisters and my hand was soft and fine!!! I love it <3

- 12-10-2010 by

Wow!! so cute. For lip,hand,fingers..I can use it what I need!!! Someone! please let me know what is the best way to apply it as the cheek(^o^)v

- 03-04-2010 by

Such a beautiful product. I lvoe this on lips and any super dry bit like elbows and knees before a fake tan. My hands are prone to a bit of occasional eczema and I found this soo soothing and protecting. Love the packaging too. So cute and easy to have in the handbag. Can definitely see why it such a best seller!! *hearts*

- 23-08-2009 by

I originally fell in love with Rosebud Salve because of the gorgeous, vintage style tin, it's just so cute. This balm is great value for money, the tin is huge and it usually last me around 6 months with daily use. I will often use this in place of lip gloss as it gives a lovely shine and is very moisturising.

- 29-12-2008 by

This is my "holy grail" of lip balms. I purchased a tin over a year ago, and it's still 3/4 full. Excellent value for money. I love the texture, and the subtle scent. The tin is incredibly adorable also. Would definately purchase again!

- 31-10-2008 by

I haven't found this as nourishing or as long lasting as other lip balms - maybe because it contains pertroleum? cute packaging though and smells yummy

- 25-10-2008 by

Great lip balm fells good on not at all sticky. Also works wonders on sore and chapped noses and cuticles. A great staple to have in your beauty bag.

- 19-10-2008 by

This lip balm has a cult following here at Adore Beauty, so I thought it only right that I see what the fuss is all about. I can appreciate that the texture of it is desirable. The taste is unobtrusive, and it leaves a subtle gloss, but I am unconvinced by Rosebud Salve's healing et moisturising abilities. Moreover, I found the tin impossible to get open. Particularly if you are a hand cream nazi like myself, prying the lid off was no mean feat. I started thinking a pocket knife should be sold with it. That said, I am a lip-balm-tube/stick devotee, so am unused to battling with a tub. May the force be with you.

- 26-08-2008 by

No wonder this product has a cult following. Amazing feel on your lips, you can use it as a balm for dry skin, great packaging, I never leave home without!

- 08-08-2008 by

5 stars all the way baby! I find this is just about the only lip balm that fixes chapped lips (and noses), all the others just feel like a thick greasy barrier. I also love the texture, the subtle scent, the colour, the lack of menthol and the big wide tin. It is so nice to be able to apply balm from a tin without digging it with your fingernails! And speaking of fingernails, it is also lovely as a cuticle balm.

- 06-07-2008 by

Beautiful packaging and a gorgeous VERY subtle pink tint and lovely shine on lips. As far as a lip moisturizer goes this does not help treat or prevent dry lips but seems to act as a softening barrier. Other lip balms are better but this packaging is so beautiful I would repurchase anyway!

- 03-07-2008 by

Gorgeous smell and even better packaging. Don't mind the salve itself but not as moisturising as I'd like, more of a barrier.

- 03-07-2008 by

Love this stuff! I always keep this in my bag and apply when my lips are dry. Feels a little like vaseline/paw paw ointment but it smells nicer and doesnt dry out your lips more than they were before applying! Havent tried it on anything else like scars or cuts like the packaging suggests but as a lip balm its great - and lasts forever!

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