Smith's Rosebud Salve & Lip Balms - Really Ree
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Smith’s Rosebud Salve & Lip Balms

26 Jan 2017 (Updated: 20 Jan 2019)

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Before I even started wearing makeup, which let’s be honest is a fair while ago now, one of the first beauty products I owned was the Smith’s Rosebud Salve, made by the Rosebud Perfume Co. I initially thought this was a UK brand due to its vintage-looking packaging, but I recently discovered the brand was actually created in the US over a century ago!

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Smith’s Rosebud Salve & Lip Balms

Smith’s Rosebud Salve

Firstly, sticking with the original, the Smith’s Rosebud Salve (here) is formulated with a concentrated blend of essential oils and is high in Vitamins E and A. It is primarily a lip salve, but is also one of those wonder products which can be used in a variety of ways, including calming the skin, for skin irritation, soothing burns, and helping to heal cuts. It is loved by celebrities all around the world, and this is what first brought my attention to it those many moons ago. 

Smith's Rosebud Salve
Smith’s Rosebud Salve & Lip Balms

The salves all come in the prettiest of packaging; vintage round tins filled with blooms. This is something my Mum or Nanna may have used, and so makes me feel a little sentimental and homely. As the name suggests, it smells of roses, but not overpoweringly so. The oils and vitamins in the formula work together to instantaneously nourish and protect the skin.

Smith’s Salves – Minted Rose & Strawberry

Smith's Rosebud Salve
Smith’s Salves

New additions to the traditional tin salves include Rose Mandarin, Mocha Rose, Brambleberry Rose, Strawberry and Minted Rose. Therefore, if Rose isn’t a scent you are necessarily fond of, there are other ways you can enjoy Smith’s salves. The Strawberry Lip Balm has been a constant in the Smith’s collection for a fair few years now, and is one of those scents which makes you want to devour it! It is probably safe to do so, but let’s not waste it now!

Smith’s Minted Rose Salve

Smith's Rosebud Salve - Minted Rose
Smith’s Minted Rose Salve

I believe Minted Rose to be one of the more recent additions to the collection, yet the packaging looks just as pretty, and the formula works just as well. It still has the scent of roses, but with a refreshing, perkier mint scent added to it. This is definitely one of my new favourites from the range, and with that minty scent and taste, you’re going to be covered this Valentine’s Day.

Smith’s Rosebud Salve In A Tube

Smith's Rosebud Salve Tube
Smith’s Rosebud Salve In A Tube

Due to the popularity of Smith’s salves, they have also fairly recently reissued their salves and balms in tube packaging. These are perfect for on the go, or if you aren’t a fan of popping your fingers into the tins, which I know some people aren’t. What I love about the tubes is that they haven’t changed the packaging themes, nor the formulas themselves, and so you are still getting that same quality product, just in a different applicator format. 

Smith's Rosebud Salve
Smith’s Rosebud Salve Tube Applicator

Just like the tins, the tubes are available in each and every scent, so you can mix and match scents. If you have a scent you particularly love in a tin, you can now get the tube to take with you, to pop in your handbag, or to keep at your desk or by your bedside table. Over 100 years of staying power in an ever-changing market is pretty incredible these days, and I am going to be loving Smith’s lip products for as long as I possibly can.

Smith’s Salve Tins and Tubes cost £8.50 per tube or tin. They are also available to buy in trios at just £22 each. Find them here

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