Winter is coming and it’s the season where the wind dries out your lips and your regular balm just won’t do anymore. But there is a solution…
Dr Smith’s Rosebud Salve
When my friend told me to try out this product I was skeptical. How could it be any different to the legendary Australian balm, Paw Paw ointment, that is a favourite among models and It girls, as well as actresses such as Cate Blanchett and Naomi Watts, or even good old Vaseline, which has been around since 1870 and sold 1400 jars a day in 1874?
Plus, coming in at more than $12 a pop, it seems expensive compared with Maybelline’s popular Baby Lips, which retails for just $3.95 at Priceline.
Nevertheless, I decided to give Dr Smith’s a try. There are a range of balms available, some are multi-purpose and others are just lip balms. All of them, however, come in very pretty vintage style tins with ornate writing, or in tubes for those who don’t like the idea of sticking their finger in a pot.
Of the three that I tried, two were multipurpose, and the other was just a lip product, and my favourite was the Menthol and Eucalyptus multi-purpose balm. According to the very beautiful soft mint green tin that’s adorned with little pink ornamental roses, the salve is the solution to dry lips, alligator skin or any little skin irritations you might have along the way in these chilly winter months.
Inside, however, the balm has no colour and looks thick and greasy, which is slightly off putting considering it’s going on your lips. But when I popped some on, I found it was silky smooth and leaves a shiny finish. It has a strong, fragrant smell but no taste, which is a good thing given most of us have a tendency to accidentally lick off lip balm.
Within a few hours I could see and feel the difference. My lips were softer, smoother and no longer the sore, cracked mess they were beforehand.
It’s been three weeks since I started using Dr Smith’s and whenever my lips need some TLC, I reach for it, and the very next day everything is great again. Lucky the salve is said to last two and a half years after opening… unless it does the typical lip balm trick of disappearing before you reach the end of the container.
This is without a doubt the best lip balm I have ever tried and, trust me, I’ve tried a lot! I will definitely keep one of these on me at all times.
For more information on the wonders of Dr Smith’s Rosebud Salve, check it out here. – Photo and review by Jessica Heckley