Posted Aug 16, 2010 in Beauty & Grooming | 1 Comment

Smith’s Rosebud Salve

The Rosebud Perfume Company is an old brand. But like all older companies that are still known and loved today, it has certainly stood the test of time. Founded in Woodsboro, Maryland in 1895 by George F. Smith, the company started as a small drug store, and then became a large and popular mail-order business. Today, the company and its flagship product, the Rosebud Salve, have become cult classics, and are extremely popular in Hollywood.

The original, and best-selling, rosebud salve is made from cottonseed oil, white petrolatum, and Aromol, a secret blend of essential oils produced in Grasse, the perfume capital of France.

Not only does it work extremely well as a lip balm or natural-looking lip gloss, but the salve can also be used to tame frizzy hair, unruly brows and to moisturize eyelashes, helping mascara go on smoothly. It also relieves dry and chapped skin, blemishes, irritation, diaper rash, and minor burns. It works well as an eye makeup remover, and brushing small amounts on your cheek and collarbones will give you a glowing look. I use it as a lip gloss because it’s never sticky, gets rid of any chapping and doesn’t make me look too made up, and my boyfriend has been known to borrow it to moisturize his dry cuticles.

And if roses aren’t necessarily your fragrance of choice, there are lots of other products to choose from, including their Strawberry Lip Balm, Minted Rose Lip Balm, Brambleberry Rose Lip Balm, and Mocha Rose Lip Balm. There is also a Menthol and Eucalyptus Balm, but it’s meant less as a beauty product and more as a soothing compound.

Other perks include that virtually all parts of their products made in the US, and that everything is all natural; the only animal byproduct in any of the salves is beeswax.

Retailers include the likes of Sephora, Anthropologie, Amazon, American Apparel, and Urban Outfitters, and you can also find the salves in smaller boutiques all over the world.

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