C. O. Bigelow Rose Salve

Even though I didn’t always pay close attention to the beauty scene, I seem to hit some cult favourites by accident. I purchased C. O. Bigelow Rose Salve ($5.50) a few years back because a) It was cheap, b) It looked nice and old-timey, therefore, kind of cute, and c) I wanted to see if it was any good for the uses it listed on the package.

The product weighs in at 0.8oz, packaged in a nice little tin that could quite easily be reused for storing small items. Though it is mostly marketed as a lip product, all the different uses for the product are listed around the lid: Elbows, knees, face, lips, and cuticles.

Our famous Rose Salve has long been a favorite since the early days due to its ability to care for lips and beautify skin. Emulsified with extra soothing Rose Extract which helps ease irritation and condition the skin.

DIRECTIONS FOR USE: Pat on anytime as needed to care for lips or anything that needs a fix.

Ingredients: Petrolatum, Lanolin Oil, Flavor (Aroma), Octyldodecanol, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Seed Oil, Rose Canina Fruit Extract, Bisabolol, Jojoba Esters, Red 30 Lake.

Personally, I hate this as a lip product. Petroleum-based lip products have always squicked me out, and have never felt particularly moisturizing. The rose scent isn’t something I want around my mouth, either. I will use this if I’m desperate for some relief for chapped lips, it’s within reach, and I’m too lazy to grab anything better (it happens more than you’d think).

So I hate it, right? Not so fast, cowboy. I picked this up because I used to have a huge problem with busted-up cuticles and dry elbows. And let me tell you, this is a godsend for both.

There comes a point when your skin is so dry that lotion burns like unholy hellfire, rather than actually help the situation. In those instances, I reach for this, apply a thin layer, and let it set for about five minutes before applying a regular moisturizer. It serves to soften that dry skin up just enough to where a moisturizer will actually have a chance to sink in.

The same thing applies to cuticles when they become problematic. I don’t cut or remove my cuticles, because I feel like they’re there for a reason. I’m not sure what that reason is, exactly, but who am I to question evolution? However, they do get dry and damaged sometimes, which can get quite painful. If I run into trouble, I just apply this and put a bandage over it and leave it overnight – it will generally heal up just fine by morning. No more ouches, no more snagging, just healthy, happy nails.

For those purposes, I do absolutely adore this product. It’s a great value, and does a little bit of everything! How about you, dear reader? Have you tried this one out before? What are your favourite fix-all products?

2 Comments to "C. O. Bigelow Rose Salve"

  1. July 11, 2011 - 1:46 am | Permalink

    Interesting! I have been trying to make my nails look nice but my cuticles are SUPER UGLY! Thanks for the idea of something to put on them!

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