Rosebud Lip Salve

Are you a lipstick or Chapstick girl? I’m usually a fan of red lipstick, but Alex shies away from kissing me when I’m wearing it because he doesn’t want to wear it, too.

So! My friend Leigh told me about Rosebud Salve, which is soft, supple and slightly rose-scented. It will keep your lips moisturized and rose-tinted all winter. I brought some with us while traveling this holiday, and the crazy bonus is that you can also use it for dry skin in the winter, sunburns in the summer and diaper rash! Have you ever tried it?

(Photo by the Sartorialist)

  1. Hi! Curious if you did the research on the ingredients? It’s petroleum. VASELINE :(.

  2. Jenny says...

    I love it! I’ve used chapstick for years because I like my lips to be moisturized but not sticky, and no glosses or balms seemed to fit the bill. But about a year I discovered Rosebud Salve and I’m so glad I did! It leaves my lips moisturized, smooth and soft looking, and subtly glossy without being sticky. Now I get the polished, put together look without the mess. A seriously great compromise between chapstick and gooey gloss!

  3. my fiance also hates when i get my red lipstick all over him — i recently tried chanel’s lip stain in alexandrite and it literally stays on for hours without budging. i would highly recommend it!

  4. I actually also use it to remove my eye makeup when traveling or in an emergency…just in case Ponds cold cream is not available!

  5. Anonymous says...

    3 of the best I have tried so far,

    Korres Lip Butter- (my favorite is Jasmine)

    Caudalie Lip Conditioner-stick

    Dior Creme De Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm SPF 10

    all are more of a splurge, and very different. The Dior rose balm will make you leave your Smiths Rosebud

  6. Hi Jo, I ran into in Venice on your LA trip a couple years ago…

    I love this salve and was just wandering NYC looking for it. (In LA, it’s at Fred Segal Santa Monica). Thanks for reminding me how cheap and fast it is to have it shipped. (It’s also great for cuticles!)


  7. Have you tried the Minted Rose balm? Same brand- different flavor. It’s amazing!

  8. Anonymous says...

    I tried this salve some time ago because everyone on the net claimed it could do anything – tame fly away hairs, dry hands, chapped lips, even cure cancer. It is NOT THAT GOOD. I rarely use it. Only when my cheap, Target-bought lip balm / chapstick is lost. Don’t waste your money. It’s scented petroleum and does not have magic powers. If you wouldn’t put vaseline in your hair, on your face, etc etc, then you won’t use it. Just my two cents – hoping to save someone their own 2 cents!

  9. Here’s a tip for kissable red lipstick: Revlon Color Stay. You could make out with the wall and it wouldn’t leave a mark. It stays on that well.

  10. I got one a few months ago! and I Love it!!

  11. My roommate just got me this for Christmas! I love it so far. It feels great on my lips and has just a hint a rose smell, which is good because I am not really one for super floraly scents.

  12. Liz says...

    In general I hate flowery scents, but I’ve been using rose salve for YEARS because it is the absolute best. It makes your lips SO soft too. I cannot even tell you how many times I’ve kissed someone and have them remark about the softness of my lips. Rose salve is the only lip product I ever use, so it’s GOT to be the secret!

  13. Interesting! I’ll have to try this. I’m always on the lookout for a good Chapstick. I’m definitely not a lipstick girl!

  14. rosebud salve is the bomb! i’ve used on my lips, cuticles, dry elbows… so versatile and lovely smelling!

  15. I have used it and it’s time to get some more. Nothing else compares to it, but I can only find it in one place and it’s in Harvard Square. Time to take a long trek on the Red Line! : )

  16. Patricia says...

    I used to drive 2 1/2 hours to an Amish store to get this. Now it’s at Sephora. I used it way before it was cool.

  17. Wow Joanna…I feel like I have been living under a rock. I never heard of this product, but I’m going to grab one the next time I’m out. Where can I find Rosebud Salve?

  18. Caz says...

    My absolute favourite is Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment, which I think you can only get here in Australia?
    It’s made from fermented pawpaw (papaya) and it’s amazing – keeps your lips so soft and moisturized and gives them shine without being sticky. Plus it’s great for insect bites, rash, and dry elbows or heels.

    That’s all I wear everyday, but if I’m dressing up I like to wear red or a pinky-plum lipstick :)

  19. I use the Rose Salve by CO Bigelow, and it’s easily the greatest thing that’s happened to me, ever.

  20. oh oh oh! after years of reading rave reviews about this salve in magazines, I finally bought it in August. I’ve been using it ever since.. love it! it’s true-it seems to last forever!!

  21. i got a tin of rosebud salve for christmas, and ohmigod i’m in love. i’ve heard that petroleum jelly isn’t good for lips, though, because it doesn’t put moisture back in–just seals in what’s already there. but i haven’t had any problems yet!

  22. Jennifer says...

    I found this organic handmade shop on etsy known as skinapotheke, I swear they make the best lip balms ever, the chocolate one is to die for! they also have AMAZING skin care products :)

  23. justine says...

    Oh my gosh! I bought this a few months ago for the first time and I ADORE it. I use it on my lips constantly and on my cuticles too :) I love the rose scent too, so sweet and subtle.

  24. Definitely agree – Smith’s Rosebud Salve is the best. I use the mint flavor…probably a little too much;) Cheers to a new year!


  25. Kerry says...

    Yes – I have used it as my eye cream for years, and at 44 – no crows feet yet!

  26. I have and love it. Thanks for reminding me how much.

  27. I only recently started using it, I have the tube version and it is so handy!!

  28. i LOVE it. i swear by it. i’ve got to replenish my supply.

  29. this is easily my favorite beauty product!

  30. I used to use this, but i hate the too glossy feeling it leaves and i think its the petroleum that does that. Having worked for fresh for a long time, I felt like I couldn’t cheat on the sugar lip treatment (good, but goes away too fast in this bitter cold!). Now that I work elsewhere, and feel like I can use anything, I’m completely hooked on a product from the husbands homeland, hudsalva forsvarets, or “swedish military cream”. Its the best for this cold cold weather! You can also cook with it, or grease a bicycle wheel with it, and it tastes like vanilla, all natural ingredients. Prior to this and to fresh, my sister and I used to hoard european lip balm, labella, and all its incarnations in various countries. Now you can buy it at Shen Beauty! Hudsalva might be harder to find, but really worth it!

  31. Anonymous says...

    I love Rosebud! It has been a favorite in my family that has been passed down through generations. As crazy as it sounds, Rosebud also works for helping to clear up pimples. Rubbing a little on the spot before bed helps reduce the redness by morning.

  32. Alina says...

    I’m more of a Chapstick girl now, but am still trying to find the right kind–one with as few scary-sounding ingredients as possible. I didn’t choose Rosebud Salve because I wasn’t impressed by the ingredients or the reviews of it that I found. I went with EOS lip balm in Lemon Drop (today, actually, because I just ran out!). It seems to be working well so far, and it smells great, too.