C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve vs. Smith’s Rosebud Salve

co bigelow rose salve

Both are multipurpose rose salves that have been cult favorites for years. It’s difficult to give a thorough comparison of the two, because The Rosebud Perfume Co. likes to keep the ingredients for their Smith’s Rosebud Salve a secret. Thus, here’s a personal comparison review.

C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve ($5.50, Bath & Body Works)
» 0.9% Rose Extract
» Smells sweeter than Smith’s
» Thinner consistency
» Lasts longer on my lips
» Deeper moisturization
Ingredients: Petrolatum, Lanolin Oil, Squalene, Flavor (Aroma), Octyldodecanol, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Bisabolol, Jojoba Esters, Red 30 Lake (CI73360)

Smith’s Rosebud Salve ($6, Sephora)
» Smells more like real roses
» Thicker texture, like Vaseline, but ironically less moisturizing
» Quickly dries up, causing frequent applications
Ingredients: Pure White Petrolatum (Surgical Grade), Cotton Seed Oil, Trade Secret Blend of Essential Oils, Botanicals

Which do I prefer?
C.O. Bigelow


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