Why Buy with Us?

Australian Made and Owned

Proudly Australian-owned, Ego Pharmaceuticals has led the way in the development, manufacture and marketing of innovative skincare products for 60 years. We make our products in Australia for the people of the world. We provide consistently high-quality products, underpinned by heritage and integrity.

Gerald Oppenheim, and his wife, Rae, a nurse, saw a need for products to restore and maintain healthy skin. In the laundry of their suburban Melbourne home, they developed the first-ever Ego product, Ego Pine Tar Bath Solution, later called Pinetarsol, which remains one of Australia’s most widely used inflammation treatments. From its inception as a family business in 1953, Ego has grown to become a world leader, producing a comprehensive skin and health care range for sale in Australia and around the world.


Our reputation is built on consistently delivering effective, high-quality and innovative products to meet a diverse range of needs, and we are committed to creating the best possible skin therapies for our customers.

Why Buy With Us?

Australian Made and Owned

Yep - we’re true, green Aussies! 


etch&ethos is proudly owned by Ego Pharmaceuticals. The name might ring a bell because Ego also owns brands like QV & Aqium (you might already have these in your bathroom!). All of our products are underpinned by our heritage, ethics and integrity. Trust us, we know skin! 


Family Owned Since 1953

That’s right, it’s a family biz.
Back in 1953, a young chemist, Gerald Oppenheim, and his wife, Rae, a nurse, saw a need for gentle skincare products. They mixed up their first skincare product, Pinetarsol, which you can still buy in the pharmacy. Fast forward to today, and Gerald’s son, Alan, still runs the show as the Managing Director.

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Australian Made and Owned

Quality Backed by Science

Recommended by Healthcare Professionals

Australian Made and Owned

Quality Backed by Science

Working with Healthcare Professionals

Family Owned Since 1953

Science, it’s kind of our thing. 

Our mission is to improve lives through the science of healthy skin. Remember, we were founded by a chemist! 

Whether that’s finding the best combination of scientifically assessed, natural, ingredients, or researching new environmentally friendly labels, we let science guide our decisions. 

The benefit to you? You can trust that everything we say, we can back it up. 





Working with Healthcare Professionals

We have a reputation for quality & science. Our brands like QV, Aqium, and Silic 15 can be found in hospitals and aged care facilities.

We work with healthcare professionals to improve lives through the science of healthy skin.

Not Tested on Animals


Sensitisation & irritancy testing of formulations are carried out using in vitro methods of human volunteers. Testing is carried out during the research and development phase. 

Have piece of mind knowing that our range is created & tested on human volunteers


At etch&ethos, we do our best to continually try to improve our processes and try to make the mark we leave on the world, a positive one. 

Ego Pharmaceuticals (remember those guys? They’re kind of like our parents..) is a signatory of the Australian Packaging Covenant. These guys are serious about reducing packaging going to waste. 

  • We actively promote sustainability
  • Recycling procedures are in place in our manufacturing plant and our offices
  • We try to minimise packaging waste
  • We use recyclable packaging in our online orders. 

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