Oilatum products are made by Stiefel Laboratories, an American company that is part of the GlaxoSmithKline conglomerate – the largest pharmaceutical company in the UK, and the sixth largest in the world. Stiefel Laboratories has been involved in research into dermatology and skin science for almost 170 years, developing products for a variety of skin conditions over the years. It first manufactured medicated soaps and this grew into a large range that was exported around the world.