Although I've been guilty of indulging in one of those smaller-sized products near the counter, I never bought the Smith's Rosebud Salve. Even though I knew that it had rave reviews and seems to show up on everyone's list of "must-haves," I was always turned off by the little tin. Even though it's vintage-looking and cute (and, in addition to the original Rose-scented balm, also comes in flavors like Minted Rose and Strawberry), every time I opened the sample, the product inside was melted and all over the place, making it look very messy and unhygienic. And so, I would wistfully walk away from a potentially great lip balm because of its packaging.
This all changed when I discovered that they now have the same lip balm in a tube! I picked one up right away and have been using it religiously ever since. This product really is wonderful. It smells of roses, but not in an overbearing way. Just very clean and comforting. Apparently it's a "multitasking miracle balm" that "not only moisturizes and soothes dry lips; it also calms and heals irritation, soothes the sting of minor burns, helps heal cuts, tames mangled cuticles, helps fix ashy elbows and knees, and minimizes diaper rash."
Close up of the tube opening
I haven't tried it on anything but my lips, but I'm sure that it would work great on ragged cuticles and dry spots. The formula feels moisturizing without being sticky. It goes on very easily due to its almost gloss-like consistency. It comes out as a pale peachy pink, but goes on clear. The only gripe I have with this lip balm is that I find it doesn't go well with lipstick if you're planning to wear some on top of it. Because it's so shiny and glossy, lipstick won't go on as well as it would with, say, a drier stick formula like Burt's Bees. That being said, I don't really have any complaints because I'm fine with using this balm on its own. It adds some shine without color, perfect to put on without a mirror and then go on with my day. I wouldn't say it's my pick for favorite lip balm, but it's definitely up there in terms of quality, value ($6 for the tube and $7 for the tin, but I think it will last you a while either way), and cuteness factor.
If you're already a fan, but are tired of the tin leaking melted lip balm all over your purse or having to use your finger, you'll like this new convenient tube format. If you've never tried Rosebud Salve, you should give it a go, especially now that they have a variety of packaging for you to choose from.
If you're doubtful, just give in to that little voice inside your head and pick up a cute tin or tube the next time you're in line at Sephora. ;)
You won't be disappointed.