Smith’s Rose & Mandarin Lip Balm

Smith's Rose & Mandarin Lip Balm The Daily VarnishIf there’s anything that is consistently true about me it’s that there is a tin of Smith’s Rosebud Salve sitting on my night stand at all times. I use Smith’s Rosebud Salve everyday and even still it takes me about a year to get through the .8oz tin.

About a year ago Smith’s Rose & Mandarin Lip Balm came out. Since I love the Rosebud Salve so much I really wanted to try the Rose & Mandarin Lip Balm so this time when it came time to order a new tin of Smith’s Rosebud Salve I opted to get a tin of the Rose & Mandarin Lip Balm instead.

It’s worth noting that this product is marketed as a lip balm but can be used for other purposes such as a cuticle balm. Since this is a nail blog I’m focusing this review on how it performs as a cuticle balm.

Under the jump you will find my full review as well as an ingredients list.

You can find the Smith’s Rose & Mandarin Lip Balm at Sephora or on Amazon and retails for $8.


Smith's Rose & Mandarin Lip BalmPackaging: This product comes in a vintage inspired tin that contains .8oz of product. I love this packaging. It’s pretty to look at as well as practical. It’s easy to open (even after applying hand lotion!).

I know there are people who aren’t a fan of products that come in tins so this product is also available in a squeeze tube if you prefer that packaging.

Scent: The scent is not at all what I was expecting. I was expecting a sweet scent but due to the “exotic spices” this has a deeper, spicy scent that I really do like. It smells a bit like an orange spice candle you’d find in every store in the fall. My nose can detect no rose scent at all.

Formula: The consistency of Smith’s Mandarin & Rose Lip Balm is essentially a thin Vaseline. It’s a tad bit thicker than your average petroleum based lip balm but thinner than the Smith’s Rosebud Salve.

In the tin this looks very orange but the orange tint is almost undetectable out of the tin.

The ingredients are pretty basic:

Ingredients: Trade Secret Perfume Premix, Cottonseed Oil in a special Petrolatum Base, Orange Spice All Natural Blend

Performance: Now to the important part! How this product performs.

I enjoy using this as a cuticle balm. Particularly between manicures and before bed. I use just a tiny amount on my cuticles and rub it in. I find it to be super moisturizing and helps to soften rough cuticles almost immediately.

The scent can be a bit strong but settles to a light scent quickly though it does linger.

Smith's Rose & Mandarin Lip Balm ingredients

Do I like this better than the original Rosebud Salve? No. But it is a nice change and I’m glad I tried the Mandarin & Rose version. If you are someone who doesn’t particularly like the scent of the Rosebud Salve or just want a thinner formula the Mandarin & Rose Lip Balm will provide that same great moisture and value.

I’ve tried many, MANY cuticle products and I do think the Smith’s products are by far the best. Both products have an oily consistency and do take some time to either work into the cuticles or let sink in but I think results are worth the extra time and effort.



  1. Thanks for sharing! I didn’t know they had a new scent, I love the original as a lip balm, but my germ-fearing self can’t use it on my cuticles. I will have to try this when my old one runs out!

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