C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve No 012

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C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve
C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve

Written by: Diane Johnson.
My lips dry out and most lip balms do nothing to help. If they are colored or flavored, they tend to be sticky. If they have no color or flavor
they tend to wash out my lips, meaning my lips look pale.  One day while shopping I stumbled across C.O. Bigelow’s Rose
Salve. I bought it on a whim and it has quickly become my go-to lip balm and

The pink tin sold me first. Its retro styling was right up my alley. I was skeptical how well the product would work. Could a cosmetic established in 1838 really hold up with today’s modern cosmetic technology?

Apparently, age doesn’t matter when the ingredients are right. The texture is silky. It glides on smoothly on my lips. The salve is a light pink color, but it doesn’t look it on my lips. Instead it enhances my natural lip color. I don’t even need lipstick. Running errands, meeting friends for lunch, or even attending conferences or speaking, I feel great wearing this salve. I never look overly made up, just fresh and polished.

When I pulled a hang nail that left me smarting, I dabbed a bit on the wound. It soothed the sting and left my finger soft. I can’t guarantee it healed quicker, but it definitely seemed that way.

The lid on the tin says the salve can be used on face, elbows, feet, cuticles, lips, and knees. After how well it worked on my hang
nail, I’ve rubbed it in on dry cuticles before bed. Upon waking my cuticles are nice and soft. Ditto my elbows. I haven’t tried my knees and feet, but with how well works, I may just buy an extra tin specifically for those areas.


  • Tiny size, plus all the areas of use equals a bargain at $6.
  • Any rough areas are quickly soothed and moisturized.


  • No SPF, it would be great to have a little protection.
  • The scent: It is a light rosy scent, but I would prefer unscented, although, I don’t smell it once on my lips.

All in all, for the low price I feel the product is a
bargain and an essential for any purse.

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