“ Brand: Rose & Co. Apothecary / Type: Lip Repair / What it does: Repairs, „
It took me a long time to be persuaded to buy this I have to say. My family and friends all think i'm weird, but I have a really strong aversion to Vaseline. There is something that really creeps me out about the texture and most of all the smell. It just smells greasy and horrible. I have had really dry, chapped lips for most of my life and my sister, a vaseline junkie, is always trying to persuade me to try it. Eurgh....I just could not bring myself to do it. I had been faithfully using another brand of chapstick however my lips were incredibly dry and especially throughout the cold winter months they were not getting any better. When I came to the end of my last chapstick I had had enough and thought this is it I'm going to try something else. I spent ages in the lip care aisle at boots trying to decide which one to buy, when I spotted the Rose and Co apothecary Rose Petal Salve. It was just like Vaseline and was recommended on the back to comfort dry chapped lips. I opened the tester up to see how much it would gross me out and I was pleasantly surprised. First of all it has a lovely pink hue to it. It doesnt colour your lips but it gives a very subtle tint to the balm and made me instantly warm to it. Although it had the same texture as vaseline for some reason the colour alone made me like it much more. Second of all the smell was lovely. It actually does smell of Rose petal, which is one of my favourite perfume smells. This was so far removed from the horrible experiences I 'd had with vaseline before that I got very excited. I was a little bit dismayed by the price, £4.99, which was much more expensive than the £1.60 odd I usually spent. However as my lips were in such a bad state I thought I would treat myself. And I was really pleased to find it was completely worth every penny, it really does work!! I love using it as It gives a nice glossy finish almost like you have a gloss on your lips and it smells so lovely as you put it on. It realyl does protect my lips from teh cold weather and wind and they feel much more moisturised than they used to. Also after getting it home and reading the back properly I realised you can use it anywhere on your face. it is so versatile!!! I use a little bit to tame my eyebrows and make them look mroe groomed. Although only a tiny amount ladies , you don't want to be left looking like you got out the shower. And when I had a cold and my nose was really sore from all the tissues etc, I used this as a balm around the bottom which had got really dry. It really helped to soothe and protect the area!! This is a beauty must have and despite the price I have found that the tin has lasted me ages!
When it comes to beauty products, a good dose of nostalgia goes a long way and any rose scented product instantly reminds me of being a little girl playing perfume shops, making up perfumes in jam jars made from crushed rose petals in water. While the scent of these was sadly undeniably revolting (and the iffy brown colour pretty nasty too) there is something fabulously nostalgic about a rose fragrance, bringing to mind all things girly and vintage. Rose & Co is a product line created by Caroline Rose, an aromatherapist whose aim is to use traditional recipes using natural, old-apothecary ingredients. The Rose Petal Salve was the first product Caroline created and was made by hand on the Aga in her kitchen, so not so far removed from my childhood perfume making after all! Rose & Co have capitalised on the vintage feel of their products with their Rose Petal Salve, which comes in an adorable antique style baby pink metal tub, just like vaseline but so much more girly! Essentially this is a scented petrolium jelly, so when it comes down to it, it is posh vaseline, retailing at £4.85 for a 20g tub from Boots (or you can buy it from other online beauty stores though they tend to charge a little more) The lid of the tub comes off nice and easily, far more easily than vaseline tubs, revealing the pink salve inside. Well, it had to be pink, didn't it? As soon as you have the lid off you are hit by the most wonderful sweet floral scent, reminiscent of Turkish Delight - this is definitely one for the girls only! It uses a rose essential oil blend as perfume and the rose smell is really gorgeous, not at all weak smelling as so many rose scents can be. I love wearing this, it makes me feel instantly girly, romantic and fabulous and so pretty! It's a smell that lasts nicely too without being overpowering - still noticeable up to about a hour later and a smell that other people will notice on you too as I've had some nice comments on the smell. I mainly use this on my lips and I have to say it works fabulously to keep them smooth and in good condition. Saying earlier this is just posh vaseline is slightly misleading, as it feels not at all greasy and so much smoother and silkier than vaseline on the lips and its moisturising properties are far more intensive. I also often find that vaseline seems to sit on top of the lips, just acting as a barrier, while this actually feels that it is really moisturising, as well as protecting from the elements. Looking at the ingredients list there are a couple of nice things in there that account for its great moisturising qualities: sweet almond oil and beeswax are included, both known for their nourishing and moisturising properties. Like vaseline, it's a multi-use product - I also use this to tame my eyebrows, soothe patches of dry skin in winter, and I always smooth the excess after apply to my lips to my cuticles to keep them soft and conditioned. It is lovely and soothing on my skin and works really well to leave it moisturised and is absorbed far quicker than vaseline. Rose & Co's Rose Petal Salve is a celeb favourite and can count Kate Winslet and Paris Hilton as fans, hence it's appearance on asos.com. While £5 is quite pricey for a lip balm, it's not extortionate (I've seen lip balms priced at 4 times this much!) and I think is well worth the money - it's a multi-use product that is great to carry around in your handbag. A must for all girly girls!
I bought a tin of this Rose & Co rose petal salve at Boots the other day for about 5 pounds. What drew me to this product was the pretty pink packaging and I really like rose scents so was pretty intrigued to try this. I didn't buy this immediately as I'd never heard of their company and wanted to check them out online first. I also thought that the item was slightly over my budget for a lip balm/conditioner. I found out that they have a website where they sell other products and I've read one or two reviews and so far, everyone had something good to say about them. So I thought I wouldn't delay and just buy one next time I go into town. I really do love the packaging of this product; it comes in a cute round pink metal pot with a black flower design around the edges and pretty writing on the front. I read that you can use this as a lip balm but also for dry skin, so it has quite a few different uses, which I liked. When I opened the pot, I could see that the salve was a pretty rose colour and the scent was beautiful; not too soft or too strong. The salve feels velvety smooth and I love how it feels on my lips. I'm also able to smell the rose scent throughout the day. It's just soft and romantic and I really like how soft my lips and skin feel after using this. I would highly recommend this to everyone who likes roses as the tin is so cute and the scent is just wonderful; soft and pleasant. This cream will help smooth and soften dry lips, dry skin parches and whatever else you can think of. I also find that a little goes a long way so I'm sure my pot will last me for quite some time so it's definitely good value for money.
My make-up free face, frizzy hair and scruffy clothes are hiding it very well today, but at heart I'm a girly girl. Hey, it's only because I've got a cold, honest. When I'm on my own I love nothing more than doing my hair and make-up, or trying on loads of clothes, or dancing around my house to really cheesy girly music. I'm addicted to perfume, I love cute furry animals and I have that inexplicable attraction to all things pink, glittery or fluffy which men will never fully understand or appreciate. Take a quick look at the picture of this product above. With packaging like that, I don't think I really need to explain much more about my initial attraction to this cute, pink, flowery little tub... Being a girly girl, I have a life-long love of roses. Naturally, when I was little, I used to try and make rose perfume in the same way all little girls do, by getting a load of rose petals, mashing them up in a bowl, and then being disappointed that the resulting brown mush smelt like, well, foliage. Nevertheless, I've always appreciated the humble rose as a flower and its essential oil (which is definitely not made using the method outlined above). I was thrilled when I received my first bunch of roses, and this is a thrill that never goes away - I just love them. About a year before I'd found this gorgeous little salve, I'd gone on a one-woman mission to find a rose perfume before settling on Crabtree and Evelyn's rosewater. I loved the retro cuteness of the scent and I didn't care that everyone I met told me I smelt like their Nan - I was happy. I also have a not-quite-life-long-but-at-least-5-year-long love of Rose & Co. I went to university in Leeds, where Rose & Co used to have a shop (they may still do, but I'd heard a nasty rumour it had closed down!). This shop pretty much saw me through the Leeds years with its cramped interior, kitsch product range, glorious smell, friendly staff, great service, fantastic packaging and general feel-good factor. It's fair to say it was a shop crush. I think, then, I have legitimately justified my willingness to pay £5 for what is essentially a small tub of lip balm. Now, this isn't even approaching the irresponsible spending level of some of my impulse buys, but it's still a little bit steep for what it is, which is essentially a scented petroleum jelly - so, er, vaseline. There are a lot of good things about petroleum jellies - they are barriers rather than moisturisers, and work by not letting moisture escape from the skin underneath them. They also prevent environmental nasties from drying out your poor skin, allowing your skin to sort itself out in its own way. This is why a petroleum jelly will never properly sink into your skin and will always feel tacky until it is wiped/washed/licked off. However, a quick study of the ingredients list on the bottom of this gorgeous little pink tub reveals that this salve also contains Beeswax and Almond Oil, both of which do have moisturising properties. Ah-ha! So this stuff does have one-up on vaseline in the lip salve stakes after all! But onto the important stuff (for me at least): did it live up to my unreasonably high expectations? Well, yes. On opening the tin, I was struck by the delicious fragrance - it's like rose turkish delight in sweetness, but a little more floral-smelling. Then I peered in and discovered that the salve itself was pink, and by this point I was in love. Putting the stuff on my lips, my impressed-o-meter shot right up - the delicious scent lingers on the lips for a while after application, putting me in a fabulous mood, and the application itself is like a dream. It feels smoother and silkier than vaseline to put on, but at the same time more substantial. It seems to stick around a lot longer than vaseline would too - possibly because of the moisturising ingredients which do sink into lips. It's a lovely lip balm experience. I tend to use this mainly on my lips, but it is also suitable for soothing other dry patches and taming eyebrows. I have used this on my eyelids to give a slight sheen (a trick I have used with vaseline on occasion) and it looked lovely. It also works as a very effective "boyfriend salve" - I'm not allowed to use this in front of him without having the tub swiped from my hands and him taking a great lungful of the gorgeous scent. It cheers him up. Bless. The tub is very generous in size, and even with regular use I'm still not really making a dent in it after 6 months. This lovely Rose Petal Salve is available from larger branches of boots and retails at around £5. Highly recommended for girly girls everywhere.
A delicious and wonderfully moisturising lip salve. When I saw this in the shop I just had to have it even though at £5 for 20g it seemed quite expensive at the time! Almost two years later it's still going strong with pretty heavy usage so it's seeming like excellent value for money now. The packaging was what attracted me - it has changed now which just shows how long it lasts and I'm trying to use mine up quickly so I can get the new one which looks even better! Despite my efforts I've still got heaps left. Mine is in a small silver tin with a pale pink label with roses and gorgeous scrolling writing telling you what it is. The new look tin has dispensed with the paper label (probably a good thing as mine's almost come off after two years of being bashed around in my handbag) and is just pink all over with the same pretty roses and writing. The salve itself is a delightful shade of pale pink which just makes it look so appealing without being bright enough to look artificial. It's the perfect size for the handbag - small enough to fit but big enough not to get lost amongst all the junk! The thing that really persuaded me to buy it was when I looked at the ingredients. The main ingredient is petroleum jelly which makes this similar to vaseline in consistency but so much nicer because the other ingredients really add something. It basically has the glossiness of vaseline making the lips look gorgeous without the taste or thickness and much more moisturising. Other ingredients include almond oil, beeswax and rose flavouring. It just glides on beautifully and feels lovley while it's on. The Almond oil and beeswax leave the lips feeling soft and hydrated while the petroleum jelly gives it staying power and a lovely sheen. It stays put for a long time too which is a bonus and doesn't lose its rosy flavour quickly. The flavour itself is not overpowering but just a subtle hint of rose. Delicious! I often use this instead of lipgloss with or without lipstick because it gives a beautiful sheen without looking too shiny and fake! And it's not just a lip salve - it works really well on any dry skin. I'd really recommend this product as it's been in my handbag since I got it and I really feel lost if I find myself without it for too long! I've got other lip balms that I use on a regular basis but this one is by far the best I've found for the combination of staying power and hydration. The taste is also wonderful if you're a fan of rose!
Soothes chapped, dry lips, but is not limited to your lips, this handy salve is great for taming brows, softening cuticles and / a real must have!