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Rose Salve by C.O. Bigelow

Rose Salve

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CLAIM TO FAME: A lip ointment and all-over body balm that does away with dryness

FAST FACTS: Eases chapping, roughness, and irritation; perfect for use on your lips, face, cuticles, elbows, knees, and any dry and flaky patches; emulsified with rose extract to soothe and beautify skin

PERFECT FOR: A quick moisturizing fix whenever (and wherever) you need it

WHAT YOU GET: (1) pot Rose Salve

Welcome to the oldest apothecary in America. Founded by Dr. Galen Hunter, this cult-fave brand has been providing prescriptions, healing remedies, unique and unusual beauty products and hard-to-find apothecary items since 1838. Each product – from the beautiful to the unusual – tells its own intriguing story. Formulas that work, have stood the test of time, and those that are just plain fabulous. Formulas loved by Rock n’ Roll legends, Hollywood stars and starlets, and society’s crème de la crème – Liv Tyler, Calvin Klein, and Elvis Costello, just to name a few. Today, as always, C.O. Bigelow transcends our expectations of a pharmacy, churning out new products we simply cannot live without.

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Give your lips a good time

I wear lipstick everyday and so lip balm is a must. I don't bother applying during the day which is why I need a great balm to put on at night. This is it! Rediscovered this the other day after a whole day of wearing matte lipstick and it did the trick. So soothing! It smells great, and the packaging is to die for.

9 months ago
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First ever rose salve I have ever used. I thought the dry spots on my face needed a little more love than what it is getting. This is what I use after I wash and tone, every time. It helps keep certain parts of my face from drying. I like the scent it has as well. I also use it as lip balm before going to bed mostly, and each time before I put on my Burt's Bees Lip Crayon as it can prevent my lips from drying which can lead to chapping.

9 months ago
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An old favorite

This is one beauty product that I always ask my friend to buy for me every time they get to go abroad. I love this lip balm so much that I have been through countless empty tins of this product. It is a really rich lip balm that remedies my chapped lips overnight. One tin can lasts for ages too!

12 months ago
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Has a lot of uses

This product is so cheap yet so practical. I use it for my lips mostly but also for my hands and nails. It's CO Bigelow so it's a great product. I just wish they produce this in a tube version so it lessens contamination of dirt. I have to wash my hands really clean before I use it.

12 months ago

Petroleum Jelly's Hip, Sweet Smelling Cousin

I got my first tin as a gift from my sister who lives overseas. I've been using the product for almost a year now. This is like the hip cousin of petroleum jelly. It's more fun! I like the faint smell of rose and it moisturizes my dry face without feeling heavy on the face and being oily afterwards. I love how you can also use this not only for the face but your entire body. I only thing that disappoints me is that it doesn't work on my lips. Nevertheless I am still a fan and will restock for sure. Good to know too that I can now get it here.

11 months ago
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The rose salve is timeless. It has been proven to soothe the skin and removes dryness in any part of the body. Not only is it used for the lips but can be applied on cuticle, elbow, and knees. I personally prefer to just use it with my lips to relieve chapped ones. Its moisturizing and odor free. Very simple but very effective.

12 months ago
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Another classic from CO Bigelow!

Love this rose salve. Puts healthy color on my lips :) Used to purchase this from other online sites at a higher price, good thing it's cheaper here in BeautyMNL :)

about 1 year ago
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Handy to Have in the Bag

C.O. Bigelow's Rose Salve is supposed to be an all-purpose balm to take with you on the go. While it's true that there are many application areas for this (cuticles, lips, elbows, etc.), there are still specific areas that I think this balm is best suited for use. First, it does function as a decent lip balm, but I wouldn't advice continued use for that purpose if you are also using it on elbows, ankles, etc. (Seems kind of gross.) Second, I think the Rose Salve works best on cuticles and hands. On elbows and knees, it just feels sticky, especially if you have sleeves. While it doesn't get absorbed into the skin, it does seal in pre-existing moisture. The only con is how hot weather can cause melted parts of the salve to grease the opening of the tin, making it quite slippery and hard to open.

about 1 year ago