I've previously relied solely on Smith's Rosebud Salve, in its traditional rosy pink goodness. The smell is pleasant and the formula contains "cotton seed oil, aromol and essential oils blended in a special petrolatum base." The greasy and waxy texture works well to heal almost any dry skin ailment - it even acts as a great cuticle ointment. I carry a container of Rosebud Salve with me in my make-up bag in the colder months, but as it's prone to melt easily, I leave it at home in the summer.
You can find Smith's original salve at Sephora (for $6), along with some other similar products from the brand. The Minted Rose, Brambleberry Rose and Strawberry lip balms retail there for $7. Urban Outfitters also carries the Mocha Rose Salve for $8. I'm lemming the latter for sure! Mocha?!? Oh, yes...!
Another great product that I purchased more recently was launched as part of MAC's Naked Honey collection last month. The Naked Honey Skin Salve is a wonderful skin soother that has taken its place bedside. A delicious mix of ingredients like sunflower oil and beeswax, this salve smells (and tastes!) like honey (hence, the name ;-) ). The scent also comes off to me as quite "beachy" - very yummy and enjoyable! Lately, I've been using this on my lips before bed-time, and in the morning I wake up to soft and supple, "no-trace-of-dry-skin-here" lips. As with the Rosebud Salve, this product can be used on any part of the body. You can find this, and other items from the Naked Honey collection for a limited time at MAC stores, MAC counters and online at the MAC website. The salve retails for $18.50, and you get a pretty good amount of a product which should last through many uses.
How do you feel about skin salves? Do you use them?