Healthcare Science Week: A history of QV Skincare

Did you know that our parent company Ego Pharmaceuticals focuses on science and innovation to develop our products? We value our products behind the ethos ‘The Science of Healthy Skin’, and as Healthcare Science Week is approaching - an opportunity to recognise the work of our incredible healthcare science professionals - we wanted to celebrate our iconic QV brand.

Since the inception of Ego in 1953 in Australia, the company has become a specialist in skincare which is backed by science - leading the way in the development, manufacture and marketing of innovative skincare products for 60 years.

In 1975, QV was born. Gerald Oppenheim and his wife Rae, the founders of Ego, saw a gap in the market for low irritant skincare products to help restore and maintain healthy skin. They responded to a request from the dermatology ward at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Hospital to create a specialist skincare product which would later be known as QV Bath Oil - appropriately named in honour of the hospital. Due to its popularity, QV Bath Oil was made available to purchase in Australian pharmacies just three years later, cementing the QV brand in the minds of Australians.

Old QV products

Fast forward 44 years and QV has become an iconic Australian brand all over the world, with more than 50 products sold in 20 nations.  

Science and innovation have been key to developing and manufacturing QV Skincare which includes no soap, fragrance or other common irritants, and therefore, we will be supporting Healthcare Science Week on 8th March.

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