The Rosebud Perfume Company

I noticed these lip balms just before Christmas at 36Boutiques and thought the vintage-style tins were very pretty, but I reckoned that at R95 per tin they were a bit overpriced and you were probably paying for the packaging. Anyway, I ordered a Mocha Rose Lip Balm out of curiosity, and had to admit when I opened the beautiful tin that it did smell absolutely gorgeous.

I was suffering from chapped lips at the time, and within a day or two it took the dryness and peeling away completely. I have recently had a bad cold and my nose has been peeling from all the blowing – happens every time – and I decided to try a bit of the balm around my nostrils. I was really amazed when after about ten minutes there was no sign of dryness or peeling whatsoever. This made me think twice about the product. It is obviously more than just a pretty, retro tin of lip balm.

So I did a bit of investigation and discovered that the Rosebud Perfume Company was founded back in 1895 by Dr George F. Smith in Woodsboro, Maryland, so this balm has been selling for over 100 years! I have never seen it sold in any shops here, and I had never heard of it, but apparently it is a bit of a cult beauty product. It is so much more than just a lip balm. You can also use it on dry elbows and knees, for nappy rash, minor burns, insect bites, sunburn or as a cuticle softener and eye makeup remover. What a multi-tasker! There is a Rose Mint and a Menthol Eucalyptus version, as well as the original Rosebud Salve.

I have since ordered the Brambleberry Rose Lip Balm, because I love the vintage tin, and because I don’t want to run out of this balm in 2013. If you have trouble sourcing some of this wonder-balm in your area you can go to for stockists or distributors in your country. If you’re in South Africa go to It is absolutely worth the R95!


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