“ 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!
With the weather starting to get much colder, it only means one thing and that is chapped lips. I am not really a big fan of wearing lip gloss as I find it annoying but I did come across the Rose & Co lip salves when in my local Topshop the other day. They did seem quite pricey but I can't say no to anything vanilla scented and so I decided to buy it, at the worst it would keep my lips smooth hopefully.
I had never heard of Rose & Co but I looked on the website to find out a bit more about the background of the company. Started by a mother and daughter, Patricia and Caroline Rose they bought an old store in Yorkshire and restored its Victorian look. They then wanted products to fit in with the store style so started with their rose lip salve which soon got press attention and then was followed by a range of beauty products, creating a collection.
The look of the Vanilla lip salve tin is quite fancy and has an old fashioned design style to it. It comes in a small circular tin and has a warm yellow colour with the company logo on it and it says that it is meant to smooth and soften lips. There are little bee illustrations around the side of the tin which is a pretty little addition making it a very girly design. It is a 20g tin and on the back it says that the salve has beeswax and honey and also all ingredients are listed here.
The tin also states that this can be used alone or with lipstick it's a matter of personal choice but I use it on its own. It is meant to also protect chapped lips and has the slightest hint of vanilla. When opening the tin the lid comes off and a thick almost transparent cream coloured salve is inside. The sweetest hints of honey and vanilla arise from this pot and it is so sweet I almost wanted to eat it but of course it is not edible.
I put this on every morning before I go out into the freezing depths of the outdoors. It is quite stiff at first the salve but just run your finger round the tin and it will loosen up for you to put on your lips, it is not too gooey which I like it lights gives lips a shine so that you know the salve has been applied right without too glossy a look. It also makes you smell sweet like vanilla and makes lips feel moist and protected.
I have been using this for a good few weeks now and I think I can safely say it has repaired my lips which were getting a bit sore from the freezing temperatures. It has made them feel smoother like they are in the summer months and it just seems like they are in a good condition very healthy.
I would leave the salve somewhere that doesn't get too hot or it will make the consistency too soft. I just leave mine on my bedroom shelf and it keeps the right temperature which is nice as it is perfect when it's time to apply.
If you are now wondering where to buy this then I will be able to tell you. I found mine at my Topshop where the sell a few of the salves from this range and they do cost £5 which seems expensive for a tin but it does last a good while. They also have a pack of three salves at the minute for Christmas which is £8 for slightly smaller tins and is a nice gift.
The website also takes orders if you go to http://www.rose-apothecary.co.uk and then click on enter and then on the photo of the products. There is then an interactive dressing table which if you roll over will bring areas to life where you can get more information on how to buy as they have a few nice sets and the salve there too. Postage is cheap on this site too, I did a test add to basket and it said £1 for postage which is not bad at all.
The products are really nice, very girly and they almost remind me of the old fashioned style like BeneFit market on. I think the salve will be a good investment to save your lips for winter and keep you smelling sweet too. I also think if not for yourself these salves are also a good stocking filler and most girls would be happy to get it.