My love for Smith's Minted Rose Lipbalm began when one of my good friend left hers at my room. I instinctively tried it on, and it was love at first touch. It's a light and glossy but creamy oil consistency. The peppermint oil and rose in it really tingles and livens the senses. The finish was naturally rosy and tinted lips.
And then there's the time when I had to return it to her. I asked her where did she get it and she said she didn't remember -_- So the desire to own this little tin of wonder died over time. But then I met my love of my life, Jill Stuart Fruit lip balm. Ah, my expensive and sometimes unattainable lover.
Until I know that Sephora carries them :D yay
Weirdly enough I went pass this lip balm in Sephora many times but never noticed it. And then I ask my dad to buy for me lah, as one does when one wants stuff. And he managed to bring it back safely, non-melted, with smooth untouched surface.
At first touch, all the wondrous feeling I once felt with this product resurfaced. The smooth, glossy oil, the smell of *almost medicinal* mint and rose. The soft tint it imparts, my oh my. I do love my Jill Stuart lipbalm dearly, but when it is impossible to get my hands on, I'll go to Smith's Minted Rose lipbalm happily.
Texture wise, it's significantly lighter than Jill's. Scent-wise, it's very strong and might not appeal to some but I love it, while Jill's way more subtle and sophisticated scent may appeal to more. The tint is there but ignorable.
The good? It is minty and so, so refreshing. The bad? Experience said that this lipbalm melts as easy as butter, so not much for travelling. More like a bedside lipbalm for overnight treatment. Wonderfully moisturizing, even though it's mostly Vaseline but I think I works way better.
There's a reason why a product deserves a cult status. For me, this one's just love at first touch... <3