Smith’s Rosebud Strawberry Lip Balm – Review

Smith's Rosebud Strawberry Lip Balm

The search for the perfect lip balm is often understated. We can’t always wear the lipsticks and glosses we love so! Sometimes all our lips need is a little TLC. A balm or salve to ease away the cracks, the dry and rough patches and the flakiness. Smith’s Rosebud Salve balms are cult classics in adorable vintage packaging. Allure even did a piece dubbing it (possibly) the most Useful Beauty Product of All Time. I’d planned to buy the original but a recent Sephora trip found me encountering only the Strawberry version. I picked it up anyway all for you and your moisture hungry lips~

Generic Information:

A tin of Smith’s Rosebud Strawberry Lip Balm runs about $7 USD. That may seem a bit pricy for a simple lip balm, but you get .8 oz/22g of balm! Compare that to a Chapstick which is .15 oz/4g (anywhere from $1-2USD). You get 5 times the product for about 3.5 times the price!

Now Smith’s is definitely different in quantity. You get more balm for your buck. But what about ingredients?

Pertolatum, Lanolin Alcohol, Synthetic Wax, Natural Flavor, Artificial Flavor.

Those are the ingredients of the Smith’s Rosebud Strawberry Lip Balm. Here are the ingredient lists of some other popular balms. Petrolatum and Lanolin are the primary ingredients in Carmex Moisturizing Lip Balm, Chapstick (Petrolatum) and countless other brands. If we’re being perfectly honest here – this is just scented, flavored Petroleum Jelly. That’s what Petrolatum is. There is no miracle ingredient here. And, there are no medicated healing ingredients either.


The big lure of Smith’s is the adorable tin packaging. You can see the exterior above but check out the cute strawberry design along the edges.


The brushed finish does tend to chip and wear over time. And if your hands are at all moist or greasy, then it’s difficult to pry the tin open. Obviously, this is meant to apply with your fingers.

The wax kind of reminds me of strawberry seeds!

It’s a good sturdy tin that doesn’t feel like it’ll give way or bend. I have no qualms about tossing it in my purse with a bunch of electronics.


Obviously, this is meant as a lip balm to be applied with fingers. Being a balm, it doesn’t lend itself well to brush application. As long as you wash your hands I see no problems with the easy finger application.


According to the manufacturer’s website this balm isn’t just for lips. It’s also good as a cuticle softener, for dry patches of skin and to soften up elbows, heels and other such skin ailments. I’ve used it for all of the above and I must say that I prefer it as a cuticle treatment above all other uses. Don’t get me wrong, it definitely has a nice effect on my lips.

Bare Lips


It’s a great balm. I love to apply it to temporarily soften up lips for matte lipstick application. But if my lips are cracked and bleeding and need help? This isn’t what I go to.

As a cuticle treatment, I find it soothing when my hands are feeling raw or dry. But again, it doesn’t have any extraordinary healing properties. I’ve used this on rough patches of my body and it didn’t do much more than what Vaseline or Petroleum Jelly would have done.


Despite not having great long term benefits, it’s excellent as a short term gloss. The moisturized feeling I get lasts for a solid hour or two. Also, unlike other balms, my lips don’t immediately feel dry when this wears off.

It does feel a bit greasy at first but that  feeling fades relatively quickly. Although the strawberry scent stays for the first few minutes of application, there is no matching taste and the scent disappears before 10 minutes are up.


If you’re not up for camphor or menthol medicated balms that soothe the worst of dry lips, this is a solid choice. It’s not extraordinary, but in terms of quantity and adorable packaging it’s got a definite leg up over your basic un-medicated chapsticks. If however, you do need to fix severe lip issues, this is not the balm for you.

Value: 5/5

Packaging: 5/5

Results: 7/10

Wear: 8/10

Overall: 83% (B-)

<3 EA

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7 Responses to Smith’s Rosebud Strawberry Lip Balm – Review

  1. I managed to get this in a tube! Agree with your review totally!
    Tracy@Beauty Reflections recently posted..Lise Watier Aquarella Spring 2012 Collection: Two More Products To Amp Up Spring Pastels

  2. Stacey says:

    I’ve seen this on many sites but have never really taken an interest. I’m pretty happy with my Jack Black balms. Thanks for your breakdown!
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  3. Vintage Makeup says:

    I like them! I have a ton of them, but in tube form. They’re so useful for everything. :)

  4. I absolutely love this stuff, been using the rosebud for at least 10 years and there’s just nothing like it :) ) p. s. Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my bloggy, it really means a lot to me :) )
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  5. alison*elle says:

    I use the original though I’ve always been tempted to try the strawberry. I love the texture of Smith’s… so smooth!

    xo, alison*elle
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  6. Sara says:

    I was never much into lip balms until I got myself one last year. Sounds crazy but true. I never realized the importance of a lip balm until I saw other fellow bloggers raving about them.

    The packaging is very attractive. Would love to try if I can find it somewhere here. :) xx
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  7. Okay, great, now I want this! You’re not helping my lip balm addiction. >_<
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