Cosmetics priced at $20 in 2018 $19.35 in 2020

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Prices for Cosmetics, 2018-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for cosmetics, perfume, bath, nail preparations and implements were 3.25% lower in 2020 versus 2018 (a $0.65 difference in value).

Between 2018 and 2020: Cosmetics experienced an average inflation rate of -1.64% per year. In other words, cosmetics costing $20 in the year 2018 would cost $19.35 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.46% during this same period, inflation for cosmetics was significantly lower.

Price Inflation for Cosmetics, perfume, bath, nail preparations and implements since 2018

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2019 (-1.87%), and 2020 (-1.40%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Cosmetics, perfume, bath, nail preparations and implements:

Year 2018 2019 2020
CPI 186.320 182.827 180.273

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Buying power of $20 since 2018

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Cosmetics, over time, for $20 beginning in 2018. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2018 $20.00 -
2019 $19.63 -1.87%
2020 $19.35 -1.40%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for cosmetics, 2018-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 2018 * 2018 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Cosmetics, perfume, bath, nail preparations and implements was 186.320 in the year 2018 and 180.273 in 2020:

180.273 / 186.320 * $20 = $19.35

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2018 has the same "purchasing power" as $19.35 in 2020 (in the CPI category of Cosmetics, perfume, bath, nail preparations and implements).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Cosmetics, perfume, bath, nail preparations and implements in 2018. In addition to cosmetics, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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