... Smith's Menthol and Eucalyptus Balm.
Smith's Rosebud Salve has long been a cult-favorite beauty product. When I first heard about it several years ago -- that makeup artists were using it to gloss everything from lips to cheekbones to eyelids, and all the fashionable Girls In The Know were dabbing it on everything from dry cuticles to razor burn -- I knew I had to get hold of a cute little tin of this wonder product. When I finally had it in my hot little hands, eagerly but gently removed the lid of the tin, and dipped a fingertip into the product, I thought I had been punked.
Let's face it, people. This stuff is nothing more than fancy, expensive Vaseline. I mean, it's tarted up with a nice flavor/fragrance and a little tint, but it's essentially petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly for which one is expected to pay $6 to $7 per ounce, which I'm pretty sure will buy you a lifetime supply of Vaseline at Costco.
I hooted and hollered about this ridiculous product. I trumpeted throughout the land that the emperor has no wonder salve. I marveled over the fact that rich people were willing to pay through the nose for this stuff when it was just petroleum jelly! Which is cheap! Unless you buy this fancy version of it because you have nothing better to do with your money!
And then I somehow acquired two more tins, one of the strawberry lip balm and one of the Brambleberry Rose lip balm. Heh. I'm not sure how that happened. The tins are SUPER CUTE, okay? I'm kind of a packaging whore. That's something you should know about me.
ANYHOW, here's how I happened to get my hands on and fall in love with (completely against my will, you understand) the mentholated version of this product: I Googled "mentholated lip balm".
Wait, that probably requires a little more backstory ....
Hi, I'm Kathy and I'm a menthol junkie. (Hi, Kathy!) I first started using back in childhood, when my parents would smear me from clavicle to sternum with Vicks VapoRub every time I got a cold or cough, which was often. And not only would I wear it, I would breathe it, because the hot-mist vaporizer they'd set up in my room to ease my breathing overnight had a little reservoir for a dollop of Vicks right there next to the steam port. It was mentholated heaven. I was hooked.
Eventually I graduated to the Vicks VapoInhaler, a little tube of
Your quasi-phallic shape should not deter
Those seeking nasal comfort. Nay, it serves
Only to ease the passage, to deliver
Sweet, sweet menthol past the rhinal curves.
Your vapors stir my senses. And my snot,
It flows from deepest caverns in my head.
At last the remedy I long have sought
Enfolds me like a gentle lover's bed.
O, Vicks VapoInhaler! Your name
Lends itself not to iambic pentameter.
And yet, I sing your praises just the same.
Your comfort tube is the perfect diameter.
I'd wear one in each nostril if I could.
If only my septum were made of wood.
So, you see the problem here. I've got it BAD for menthol. Real, real bad. And it's not like I can go around huffing Vicks 24/7, either. For one thing, that would look weird and kind of creepy. For another, it might kill me, or at least cause some moderate brain damage.
HOWEVER, eventually I discovered the perfect way to get my fix. Coty used to have a line of aromatherapy products called The Healing Garden, and within that line was a sub-line of products called Cold Comfortherapy, and within THAT line was a lip balm that was wondrous and miraculous. It was a stick lip balm -- larger than Chapstick, but smaller than the old 70s-style Bonne Bell Lip Smackers -- that was scented with menthol and eucalyptus. Both the fragrance and the product itself were very long-lasting. I'd slather my lips with it before bedtime, and when I woke up in the morning it still looked, felt and smelled freshly applied. This lip balm fast became my drug of choice. All I needed was that one little hit at bedtime, and I was happy.
However AGAIN, this product had its drawbacks. For one thing, it was only available in a rather expensive gift set that contained other products in which I was not at all interested. For another, eventually even that gift set disappeared from stores, which meant I could no longer get my hands on another tube of
So yeah, I went Googling for mentholated lip balm. OKAY? And I found out the Rosebud people made one. OKAY? And I bought it, and now I love it. Yes, it's still fancy, expensive Vaseline. But it's MENTHOLATED fancy, expensive Vaseline. It gives me that little hit of menthol that I need in order to sleep, but it's milder than straight-up Vicks, and it keeps my lips hydrated all night long.
Plus, have you SEEN that little tin in which it's packaged? ADORABLE.