Thursday, April 26, 2012

Review: C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve

If you have dry skin and have been dealing with it for years then you are probably one of those people that is never without a some kind of lotion within an arms' reach. In addition to that, the terms "cocoa butter" or "shea butter" is no stranger to you and is more a necessity rather than a luxury. At my BF's place we keep a small container of shea butter and at my place I keep a small container of cocoa butter -- and yep, for years I've been keeping a small tin of C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve

The rose salve (like other salves on the market) are pretty versatile. They are positioned as a lip treatment but if you look at the container, you can pretty much use it anywhere. The scent of it is quite nice and light, it looks glossy and never seems to have much of a tint, and finally the texture. Well, that's a bit of a pain point. It's a bit on the sticky side -- or something like that. Think of Vaseline for a moment and consider slathering Vaseline on because that's what it feels like. The difference is the scent and the fact that isn't as greasy as Vaseline (but still kind of greasy) but the rose extracts help to soothe the skin and in conjunction with the lanolin oil, it moisturizes.

Will it ever replace the cocoa and shea butter containers I have strewn about? No. Rose salve in a way, stands in it's own category. It's great for cuticles and serves as a fantastic lip balm amongst other things. While cocoa and/or shea butter are great for my limbs, rose salve (especially since it comes in such small convenient tins) is great for spot treatments. Hands are dry and you don't have lotion? Slather on some of the salve and while you're at it you can use it as a lip balm. Sure cocoa and shea butter can do the same thing but sometimes they are a bit heavier.

Price: $4 - $5
Would Recommend? Yes
Takeaway: Convenient to go tin (which I've never had issues with but other people have mentioned that sometimes it gets stuck) which doubles as a moisturizer that you can use anywhere. Great lip balm and great for cuticles as well.

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