Why Is Germolene Ointment Discontinued? (We Have the Answer!)

Germolene cream is one of the most useful creams to have around the home. It is a great antiseptic, and putting it on an open wound can help to stave off infection.

In the past, Germolene did provide an ointment. The most eagle-eyed out there, however, will likely have noticed that Germolene ointment is no longer available in stores. So, why is Germolene ointment discontinued? Let’s take a look.

Why Is Germolene Ointment Discontinued?

Germolene ointment has been discontinued because the original manufacturer for the product is no longer able to source one of the ingredients used in its production. Although, the company has not stated which ingredient they are unable to source. 

While Germolene ointment was popular, it has been off the shelf for a number of years. This was due to supply issues with one of the products required in its manufacture. 

At the moment, there does not seem to be any indication that is going to be brought back to the market. In fact, it is still unknown whether the supply issues for the missing ingredient have been fixed. However, since it has been a few years since the last ointment was manufactured, we aren’t really going to be holding out that much hope that the product is making a return.

What Has Happened To Germolene?

Germolene, as a company still exists. However, you are no longer able to purchase their original product. This is the Germolene ointment. However, the company still offers other antiseptic products in its range. This includes Germolene antiseptic cream. 

If you are looking for Germolene antiseptic cream, then that product is still available on the market. The cream does almost the same job as the ointment.

There are a couple of differences between the ointment and the cream. However, at their heart, they both do exactly the same job. This means killing bacteria that could be on a wound or a rash. Essentially, they help to relieve irritation in wounds and skin rashes.

Perhaps the most striking difference is the fact that Germolene ointment was pink, and has a slight herbal scent to it. However, Germolene cream is white and smells ‘medical’.

In addition to this, the ointment didn’t run at all. It was far thicker, mostly because it was oil-based. The cream is going to be water-based.

So, if you are walking around your local pharmacy or store looking for Germolene but cannot find the old ointment, don’t fret too much. 90% of the time, the store is going to stock the cream instead. It is in a much smaller bottle. It looks similar to being in a toothpaste box. 

Can You Still Buy Original Germolene?

The original Germolene (the pink ointment) can no longer be purchased. At the time of writing, the only option for Germolene is the Germolene cream. While both Germolene ointment and Germolene cream are slightly different products, they both work as an antiseptic, and thus the products are comparable. 

It is unlikely that the original Germolene is ever going to make a return, sadly. The product was discontinued due to the manufacturer no longer being able to source one of the key ingredients for the product. 

What Is Comparable To Germolene Ointment?

Germolene cream is going to do a very similar job to the original Germolene ointment. It is just a bit runnier due to the water-based composition as opposed to oil-based. However, if you want something that is an ointment, then Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream is an alternative. 

Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream is the closest that you are going to get to the original Germolene ointment. However, do bear in mind that it does not have the pink color, nor the scent, that the original product was famed for.

That being said, Germolene cream is not that different from the original Germolene ointment. Although, some people are not massive fans of it due to the fact that it is a little bit runnier. However, it can still be rubbed into the skin in the same way. The one thing that it doesn’t seem to work quite so well on is nappy rash and the like, which is something that Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream has been designed for.

Honestly, anything that has the words ‘antiseptic cream’ or ‘antiseptic ointment’ written on it is going to be incredibly close to the original Germolene. In fact, most of them are based on the original Germolene. 

Is Germolene Safe?

Germolene is 100% safe to use. While there is a risk of triggering certain allergies or having an impact on various skin conditions (e.g. psoriasis), the risks when using Germolene are incredibly low. Most people will be able to use it without issues. 

Many doctors will actually recommend the use of Germolene as an antiseptic, although, if you are pregnant there may be some risks involved. Although, even then, the risk is minimal.

While there is the risk of overdosing on Germolene, at the most it is going to cause a small amount of skin irritation. However, once again, this is rare. This is because it is far more likely that the wound would have healed a long time before you overdose on the Germolene. 


Germolene ointment is no longer sold, and it is unlikely to ever be sold again. This isn’t because it was unsafe, but simply down to the fact that one of the key ingredients that needed to be used in the product can no longer be purchased by the manufacturer.

If you want a product that is similar to the original Germoline ointment, then Sudocrem does its own ointment that functions in pretty much the same way. If you want to stick to the Germolene range of products, then you will be pleased to know that there is a Germolene cream that you are able to use instead. Again, this does almost the same job that the original ointment does, but it may not be as great for dealing with diaper rashers. 

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