Here’s how to get your hands on Aquaphor (AKA Beyoncé’s fave bargain buy) in Australia

Khloé Kardashian and Zendaya are also fans

Digital Beauty Editor / November 29 2023

If you had to guess the standout product from Beyoncé’s evening skin care routine, you’d probably assume it was something pretty pricey, huh?

That’s fair; people don’t generally put ‘Queen’ in front of your name unless you’re one of the world’s finest. And the finest people usually have a taste for the finer things in life, right? Well, not necessarily – or not always when it comes to skin care, that is.

In fact, there’s one particular budget beauty buy that a lot of celebs (Bey herself included) rely on to keep their radiance and hydration levels topped up all the time: Aquaphor.

What is Aquaphor?

Essentially, it’s almost like the American version of Vaseline. Yes, we know your mind probably went straight to Puberty Blues, but let's stay focused in the name of stellar skin, shall we?

Basically, Aquaphor (like Vaseline) is an all-purpose petroleum jelly ointment that’s recommended by dermatologists for healing and hydrating irritated or dry skin. But in the case of Aquaphor, its reputation in Hollywood is as glowing as it apparently makes your skin.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment

Celebrity fans of Aquaphor

Yep, you better believe that Beyonce smears it over her skin before bed; we stan a humble queen who trusts in results, not just a fancy reputation. “I go to bed looking totally greasy,” she shared with ELLE of the post-application vibes she’s usually serving. “It’s not all glamour all the time."

And that’s the takeaway here. While she may not look particularly glam heading to bed coated in petroleum jelly (though TBH if anyone could, it’d be her), the glow levels she gives off after rinsing are definitely glamorous. And hey, a little bargain beauty slugging action (it's a thing, believe us) behind the scenes never hurt anyone.

Another big Aquaphor fan? Zendaya. She even recently named it as one of her desert island beauty essentials. “I carry it on me at all times,” she spilled to Glamour. FYI, she uses it for both hydrating and highlighting purposes – clever.


Khloé Kardashian has also sung the stuff's praises: "I think Aquaphor is great," she confessed on her episode of Hot Ones. "I wear Aquaphor around my eyes every night. I think it helps with wrinkles and all that. [It's] really inexpensive and easy."


That's still not all the endorsements it has, either – a ton of other famous (and luminous) faces, from Charlize Theron and Lucy Liu to Nicole Kidman and Jessica Simpson, have also professed their undying love for the same skin protectant. Sabrina Carpenter even featured a tube of the stuff in a recent 'get ready with me' TikTok.


Where to buy Aquaphor in Australia

While all our favourite stateside skin-spirations are busy singing its praises, the truth of the matter is that it’s not always so easy for us Aussies to get our hot little hands on it. Unfortunately, we don’t have the luxury of being able to find it on the shelves of our local pharmacies and supermarkets the way they do.

But to quote the ever-clever Hagrid (who could maybe do with a coat of Aquaphor himself; his skin looks a little rough), you can get it in Aus – if you know where to go.

iHerb is the place to be for all of your Aquaphor needs – it stocks the stuff in every form from tiny tubes ($4.45 at iHerb) to huge tubs ($18.62 at iHerb) so you can load up on anything from a little guy for your tiniest handbag to a solid year’s supply.

Basically, now that you’ve got direct access to the A-list’s favourite bargain beauty buy, the world is truly you and your glossy skin’s oyster…

Main image credit: @beyonce

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