Nail Care: Smith’s Rosebud Salve

Smith's Rosebud SalveToday I present to you the most versatile beauty product I own.

The most frequent questions I get are in regards to my nail care routine. I did a post on my nail care routine (which can be found here) but I thought since I get so many questions on the topic I’d do more in depth reviews of my favorite products.

I don’t remember the first tin of Smith’s Rosebud Salve I owned. It had to be around middle school because I distinctly remember reading about it in Seventeen or YM magazine and keeping a tin in my locker. Other than my all time favorite face lotion, Clinique Dramatically Different Mousturizing Lotion, Smith’s Rosebud Salve is the beauty product that I have been using the longest.

The wonderful thing about this product is that it’s very basic. The ingredients list is as follows: Cottonseed Oil, Aromol, With Essential Oils Blended in a Special Petrolatum Base.

That’s it. And the formula hasn’t changed since 1892 (no, that is not a typo).

The actual Rosebud Salve feels like slightly thinner Vaseline with a light rose scent. It’s a very emollient and thick product but can be used in thin layers and soaks into the skin nicely. Despite the product looking pink in the pot it is clear.

So what do I use this for? Well, alot of things. But this is about nail care so I use it to moisturize my cuticles. I have never found anything that works better.

I take a small amount of product and really work it into my cuticles. It absorbs into the skin fairly quickly and leaves my cuticles looking moisturized. I use this when I don’t have nail polish on as well as when I do. I try to apply the salve once a day, though that doesn’t always happen!

For those of you who are not fans of the tin packaging this product does come in a tube as well.

Smith’s Rosebud Salve is sold seemingly everywhere nowadays. I ordered this new tin from but in the past I’ve picked this up at both Sephora and Ulta. The price varies but is generally around $6 for .8 oz.

Below the jump there is a picture of the actual rosebud salve along with a list of 8 things I use this product for in addition to keeping my cuticles in good shape. No, really!

I’d love to know what your favorite cuticle product is! Katie loves the Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream.


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Other uses for Smith’s Rosebud Salve:

  1. Lip treatment. This works great on chapped lips. I like to put it on right before I go to bed that way I wake up with moisturized lips!
  2. Treating patches of dry skin. I have super dry skin (thanks mom!). After I apply this to my lips I’ll use whatever is left on my finger and dab it on patches of dry skin on my face.
  3. Taming eyebrows. I realize this sounds crazy, but I keep a tin of this in my purse and if my eyebrows are looking a little unruly while I’m out somewhere a small amount of Rosebud Salve will keep them in place!
  4. Taming flyaways. Especially if I’m out and I have my hair up. There’s always that baby hair that doesn’t want to stay in place!
  5. Lipstick base. Often I’ll put a thin layer of this on my lips right when I get out of the shower. By the time I get around to putting on my lipstick the rosebud salve is soaked in yet slightly sticky. This makes a great base for lipstick.
  6. Lipgloss. On bare lips or over a lipstick this adds a lovely sheen to the lips.
  7. Chapped skin. Sometimes in the winter the skin around my nose will get horribly dry and chapped. This is a fabulous treatment for that.
  8. Prevent shoe blisters. I’m a heel lover. Pretty shoes just make me happy. This doesn’t make my feet very happy, though. If my shoes begin to rub on my foot I put a thin layer of this where it’s rubbing and that prevents a blister from forming.


  1. I’m a cuticle oil kind of girl, on a typical day I can use it in the morning and I’m good for the rest of the day after it sinks in. Before that I used Burt’s bees lemon stuff.

  2. The best thing I have found is Burt’s Bees peppermint lip balm- the original one that is a little yellow tube. It is easy to apply and really heals ragged cuticles quickly.

  3. I have always dealt with extremely dry cuticles and this stuff works wonders. A little does go a long way. It helps my nails and cuticles stay soft and they look better. I never thought of it for the unruly eyebrows but will definitely have to try that too!

    Thanks for the tips!

What do you think?