Union Swiss is a privately owned, multi-national skincare company based in Cape Town, South Africa. It researches, develops and manufactures oil-based skincare products, which it licenses for distribution around the world.




Union Swiss is established to act as the South African distributor of a Swiss skincare brand, Vitamol, one of the first skincare brands to include significant levels of vitamins in its formulations.


Under new ownership Union Swiss moves from being a distributor to researching and developing its own products. By 2000 the company has 10 skincare brands, sold exclusively in southern Africa.


After more than a decade in development, Bio‑Oil, conceived as a "skin tonic", is launched in South Africa. Despite initial difficulties with retailers - unsure where to merchandise a multi-use oil-based product on their shelves - Bio‑Oil quickly becomes the company’s top selling product.


Union Swiss once again changes hands. The new owners halt new product development and divest the company of all but its star product, Bio‑Oil. Union Swiss is restructured with the view to it becoming a global head office.


Bio‑Oil begins an international roll-out. Since this time it has launched in 80 countries and become the number one selling scar and stretch mark product in 17 of these countries.


Following the success of Bio‑Oil, Union Swiss begins work, with a hand-picked team of international scientists, to better understand the merits of oil-based skincare.


Construction of a new laboratory, dedicated exclusively to oil-based skincare research, is completed.




Bio‑Oil (alternatively known as Bioil and Bi‑Oil) is a specialist skincare oil that helps improve the appearance of scars, stretch marks and uneven skin tone. It is also effective for ageing and dehydrated skin. Bio‑Oil is currently available in 80 countries with 19 new country launches planned for the next 12 months.
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New product development

Six new oil-based skincare formulations are in varying stages of development. These are scheduled to launch in 2014.



Head office

9th floor
66 Long Street
Cape Town 8001
South Africa
Tel +27 21 424 4230
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Unit 9 Armstrong House
94 Armstrong Avenue
La Lucia Ridge 4019
South Africa
Tel +27 31 566 3028
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Production facility

8 Middle Road
Bardene Extension 32
Boksburg 1459
South Africa
Tel +27 11 918 4167
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