C.O. Bigelow or Dior?

Chapped lips can be a real drag, and just like probably more than half of the people reading this write-up, I’ve tried about every chapstick brand out there. For the past few years I’ve been using a C.O. Bigelow rose salve from Bath & Body works. It works better than anything I’ve tried so far and doesn’t break the bank.


I noticed that I was running very low on my current rose salve so I purchased the Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Balm from Dior Cosmetics. It cost me almost $30 more than the C.O. Bigelow one; it retails for 35 Canadian dollars at Sephora. I was looking for a new product to try out and the packaging was obviously a deciding factor too. The Dior balm is encased in a beautiful off-white plastic container with a CD logo on the front whereas the C.O. Bigelow balm comes in a bright pink tin container that gets scratched up in one drop.


I began using the Dior balm during my trip to California and I have to say it is not worth your money people! It has a very thick consistency therefore making it hard to apply and it didn’t moisturize my lips at all, in fact I think it made them worse. The Dior balm isn’t as clear as my other rose salve and I didn’t find that my lips were being plumped like it says in the name of the product. In comparison, the C.O. Bigelow balm is a smooth application, leaves my lips glossy, and definitely hydrates them all day long and even overnight.

If you’ve been wanting to try either of these products then I highly recommend the C.O. Bigelow balm over an expensive designer brand. This is proof that sometimes the cheaper products work even better than designer! I’ve left links to the two products right below if you’d like a more detailed description of each.

C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve

Crème de Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm

Let me know what your go-to lip moisturizer or plumper is in the comments below!




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