“ Brand: Rose & Co. Apothecary / Type: Lip Repair / What it does: Repairs, „
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One of my favourite products is a little tin of Rose & Co Sweet Vanilla Salve. I have a small collection of clear lip balms and salves, this one though is somewhat special.
The small round honey coloured tin is decorated in a vintage style with romantic script writing, twirls and bee illustrations both on the lid and surrounding the base. Such attention to detail seems to be rare these days. A useful and pretty little tin which can be re-used after the salve is finished.
When you open the lid you are hit by the delicious scent of vanilla with a background note of honey. It is seriously difficult not to become addicted to this gorgeous smell. Beeswax, almond oil and honey are the main ingredients, the salve is semi-transparent and has a waxy, smooth texture.
When I apply the salve my lips always feel softened and protected, it gives a soft sheen without being too greasy and doesn't need re-applying frequently. The waxy balm spreads generously so I find only a little is needed at any one time. Occasionally I have used it to condition nails and also as a gentle perfume because the vanilla scent lingers for ages.
Rose & Co are an English company, their products are sold in John Lewis amongst other stores and from their website. The 20g tin of Sweet Vanilla Salve is currently priced at £5. Initially I thought it very expensive but it lasts for a considerable amount of time, my first tin lasted for 2 years and now I am on the second year of another tin. Rose & Co have created a range of salves such as a tinted cherry lip balm and a lavender salve for healing minor cuts and grazes. Sweet Vanilla Salve is a traditional style lip salve which really works and smells divine.
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© Lunaria 2012
In Boots the other day, looking to replace my usual tin of Vaseline, my eye was drawn to a pretty, old fashioned looking tin bearing the name 'Rose & Co'. It sounded familiar- I later realised this was because I'd read about these lipbalms on dooyoo a week or two before! So, subliminally inclining towards this product, I moved in for a closer look. There were several flavours available, but the one that leapt out at me was the 'Sweet vanilla salve'. I'm a huge fan of all things vanilla, and the little bees decorating the side of the pot made this all the more irresistable to me. At £4.99, it was considerably more expensive than Vaseline, but I thought it might be worth paying more for a potentially better result.
The tin really is gorgeous- a creamy yellow colour, the swirly pattern on the lid, with the aforementioned bees dotted around the base give it a classy, Victorian feel. I was, however, a little surprised by the looseness of the lid- the tin drops off if I hold it by the lid, meaning that I never feel quite safe when this is in my handbag, and although I haven't had any disasters to date, I am apprehensive that the lid will one day fall off in my bag, and I'll find my keys, phone etc covered in waxy slime.
The salve itself is a waxy yellow colour, and looks at first glance very like a candle. The texture is waxy too, not greasy like vaseline, but it's easy to get out once the warmth and pressure of your finger softens it. Beeswax is in fact one the key ingredients, along with the usual petrolatum, some sweet almond oil and honey. This accounts for its sweet, although mild, smell. There's a definite whiff of vanilla in there, but it's pleasantly subtle.
The first thing I noticed when applying this is that I didn't need much- a small slick with your finger should do the job. Being used to Vaseline, I was expecting that thick, greasy coating, so I applied several coats at first, but I soon found that this was unnecessary. In fact, putting too much on is really not a good idea, because it starts oozing into your mouth, and it tastes horrible! That's one downside to this product- a lip balm is inevitably going to find its way into your mouth at some point, when you eat or drink, so it should really be tasteless if possible. But any slight lick of your lips with this, and you immediately become aware of a horrible, bitter taste that lingers stubbornly in your mouth. Not nice. Also, I always feel my lips stinging slightly when I apply this. It soon wears off, but I'm not sure if its a good thing or not!
Once the sting wears off however, this is very effective, moisturising and smoothing your lips without being too heavy or greasy. A small coating leaves you with a natural glossy look, and your lips stay hydrated for hours without the need for reapplication. For this reason, the 20g pot should last you a good long while, so perhaps it is better value than Vaseline after all. I've got a feeling I won't be going back to the greasy stuff any time in the forseeable future!
I often suffer from dry lips, and am therefore always on the hunt for a decent lip balm. My handbag has a permanent collection of 5 or 6 lip balms that travel with me everyday to cater for my every lip need. At this time of the year, I'm applying lip balm about once every half hour all day, to keep the dryness at bay.
So, here's the story of how I came to buy the Rose & Co Vanilla Salve. On Saturday night I drank rather too much wine, and the resulting hangover and dehydration meant that I looked after my lips rather less well than I normally would, and they dried out far more than they normally would. I woke on Monday morning with incredibly sore, dry lips, that were split in 3 places and dark red with blood. Not a pretty sight. At all.
After spending the entire morning coating my lips in various lip balms - some pretty expensive, ultra intensive moisturising types as well - I decided that yet again I needed a new lip balm. As soon as it hit lunchhour, I rushed down to the Boots in town to see what they had.
Having tried all the usual makes (Nivea, Vaseline, Blistex, Burts Bees) I wanted something a bit different, and probably medicated to help with the cuts. However, my eyes alighted on the bottom shelves, where I saw the cute pastel colours and distinctly unmedicated Rose & Co balms and salves. One look at the retro lemon coloured tin and I was at the counter, handing over £3.99 and my Boots card. I didn't think that was too bad for a lip balm (20g) - especially considering that the two main balms I had been using all morning (to no avail!) had cost £14 for one and £9 for the other. Sure, it's more expensive than Vaseline, but Vaseline masks rather than solves the problem, in my opinion.
On returning to the office, I tried it out (I really didn't want to wait until I returned to the office before using it, but I didn't want to overrun on my lunchhour!). Instantly I was struck by the lovely fragrance. It's a sweet mix of vanilla and honey, which isn't too sickly or overpowering - they've got it just right. The flavour is equally subtle, yummy but not so much that you lick it all off.
To the touch, it has the consistency of Vaseline, and indeed looks very much like it, as a pale solid balm in the tin. However it is absorbed into the lips far easier than Vaseline is, and noticeably smoothes and softens them from the first use.
To my amazement, my lips looked completely healed by 5pm. By the time I got home, you would never have known I'd woken up with cracked, chapped, sore lips. They felt soft and smooth, and had a subtle shine - the "just licked" look, rather than the "i've been smearing myself in balms and glosses all day" look.
In short, I love this stuff. It looks good, smells good, tastes good, and does what it says on the tin ("to smooth and soften the lips").
Useless Trivia: I just read on Wikipedia that the very first lip balm was made out of earwax! How disgusting is that? I'm glad to say this one is made from beeswax and honey!