Friday, 14 February 2014

Review: Smith's Menthol & Eucalyptus Balm by Rosebud Perfume Co.


Spotted this on and falling in love with the design of the tin, I had to have this; I'm a sucker for quaint package design, especially those of the retro sort (you should've seen my face when I first spotted SteamCream tins). Rosebud is an American company that makes salves and though hard to find, their balm tins are quite popular. I'll shamelessly admit that I chose this particular formulation mainly for its tin design but there are two other scents available on Zalora, all of them retailing for MYR36 (USD10.88)-- which is slightly overpriced as they retail for USD6–7 and sometimes even lower, depending on the store. 

The balm has a lovely texture and applies well on the skin. It is not as thick and sticky as Vaseline, and very little is needed when applying to the lips as it spreads well. The scent is sweet and has an almost creamy quality to it and is the least bit astringent despite the menthol and eucalyptus. 

Being down with a cold, it was most opportune that I test the balm's potency (having eucalyptus and whatnot); I dabbed a little on my nose and though not as strong as Vicks VapoRub, it smelt nice and was soothing (then having lost what sense of smell I had left, I decided it was foolish to waste good salve like this to relieve a cold). This would be soothing when applied to the temples as it cools slightly when massaged onto the skin. I guess it makes sense that it is not too strong as the balm is supposed to be multi-purpose, which includes working as a lip balm (you wouldn't want VapoRub-strength balm on your lips anyway). I think the eucalyptus bit threw me off there, leaving me to associate this gentle balm with the likes of VapoRub in relieving the symptoms of a cold. It never ceases to amaze me how our household's VapoRub jar seems to expertly conceal itself whenever someone has a cold...why do I keep mentioning VapoRub?!

On a side note, I think these little balm tins make adorable gifts and stocking-stuffers! 

You may check out Rosebud salves on here.

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