The QV Story

The QV Story

Australian made and owned, QV Skincare is a true success story. Built on a foundation of hard work and innovative thinking, the gentle, pure formulations of QV Skincare has ensured that it has risen from humble origins to become one of Australia’s favourite skincare brands for all types of skin.

In The Beginning


QV Skincare is the brainchild of Ego Pharmaceuticals (Ego), which was founded in 1953 by young chemist, Gerald Oppenheim, and his wife, Rae, a nurse.

It was in response to a request from the dermatology ward of Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Hospital, that Gerald Oppenheim created a specialist skincare product that would later become known as QV Bath Oil (named in honour of the hospital). 

Our First Products 


Favoured for its soft, gentle formula, QV Bath Oil became extremely popular, and three short years later was made available for sale in Australian pharmacies, cementing the QV name and brand in the minds and hearts of Australians looking for a gentle way to cleanse and moisturise their skin.

(Photo credit: Graeme Butler)

With an eye on the future, QV Skincare is always innovating to provide new products to its legion of satisfied customers. A leader in its field for more than 55 years, parent company Ego is continuing to influence the industry with the development, manufacturing and marketing of innovative skincare product ranges, of which QV Skincare is but one.

QV Now

Almost four decades after the birth of QV Skincare, the name QV remains synonymous with quality and innovation. An iconic Australian brand trusted by generations to cleanse and moisturise dry sensitive skin, QV Skincare is embraced by people wanting products suitable for use with their sensitive skin.

Still proudly family owned and Australian made, there are now more than 50 QV products sold in more than 20 nations across the world. And with well over 50 million units sold, QV is as gentle for sensitive skin today as it was in 1975.

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