Smith’s Rosebud Salve is the first brand/product that I really had a lemming for, back when I was 12. I briefly stated in a video that before makeup or anything is really on anybody’s radar as a “thing” that people are into, that lip balms are the thing that people are totally into. At least it was that way for me.
Story time 🙂
When I was in middle school, and well I guess fifth grade as well, Limited Too was the hot store to shop at. They had that typical year 2000 style for 12 year olds that was very sugar coated and candy-like. The store was glitter and hearts and pop music. I was super into pop culture, and I still am, but it was driven by my love (and still very apparent love) of Britney Spears. At the height of her career everything was influenced by her, and everything I wanted was totally influenced by her. So, in I went to Limited Too, buying all sorts of lip products and such (really it was an early sign of my obsessive need for makeup, why didn’t I see it before). I had a pretty massive collection of glassy finish lip balms for a 12 year old.
When I turned 13, and middle school graduation came along, I went shopping for formal wear because there was a big dance after graduation. I went to a local store in SF called Ambiance, and at the counter, sitting there was Smith’s Rosebud Salve Balm, in it’s original potted form. It smelled very feminine and lady like, and perfectly of roses. I didn’t buy it because my mom wouldn’t let me and I quite honestly had no idea what it was.
High School came along and I had more freedom to purchase things. I had always thought about that balm though because it was, in my brain, amazingly luscious smelling and feminine looking and one of those “none of my friends have it” products.
Before I bought that one, I actually bought the strawberry balm they have and LOVED (and still love) it. That one I found in some random accessory store, but I never saw the original in other places aside from Ambiance.
At some point, I ventured into Sephora for only my second time (first time being in Las Vegas when I was 10, and I had no idea what Sephora even was, but I knew I liked it) and bought both the original pot of Smith’s and the mint rose pot.
I’ve been purchasing Smith’s Rose Balm since I was 15, and being 22 now, I can safely say it’s one of my all time favorite balms, and will probably continue to be. For me, it’s the absolute original rose scented balm. A few companies now have similar products but I always go looking for Smith’s.