Cosmetics priced at $20 in 1978 $52.33 in 2022

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Prices for Cosmetics, 1978-2022 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for cosmetics, perfume, bath, nail preparations and implements are 161.65% higher in 2022 versus 1978 (a $32.33 difference in value).

Between 1978 and 2022: Cosmetics experienced an average inflation rate of 2.21% per year. This rate of change indicates significant inflation. In other words, cosmetics costing $20 in the year 1978 would cost $52.33 in 2022 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 3.47% during this same period, inflation for cosmetics was lower.

In the year 1978: Pricing changed by 1.95%, which is below the average yearly change for cosmetics during the 1978-2022 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1978 (7.63%), inflation for cosmetics was much lower.

Price Inflation for Cosmetics, perfume, bath, nail preparations and implements since 1977

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 1981 (8.47%), 1982 (8.43%), and 1980 (8.13%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1978

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Cosmetics, over time, for $20 beginning in 1978. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1978$20.001.95%
1979$21.406.98%
1980$23.148.13%
1981$25.098.47%
1982$27.218.43%
1983$28.876.09%
1984$29.973.81%
1985$31.003.44%
1986$32.113.57%
1987$32.872.38%
1988$33.983.38%
1989$35.283.81%
1990$36.894.58%
1991$38.604.63%
1992$39.141.40%
1993$40.292.94%
1994$41.462.89%
1995$41.660.48%
1996$42.512.05%
1997$43.512.35%
1998$45.695.00%
1999$47.413.77%
2000$47.840.90%
2001$48.220.80%
2002$47.95-0.56%
2003$48.180.48%
2004$48.620.90%
2005$49.141.07%
2006$49.651.06%
2007$50.772.24%
2008$51.060.59%
2009$52.673.15%
2010$52.25-0.80%
2011$52.851.15%
2012$53.551.31%
2013$53.45-0.17%
2014$54.281.55%
2015$53.97-0.58%
2016$54.160.36%
2017$53.62-0.99%
2018$53.44-0.34%
2019$52.44-1.87%
2020$51.47-1.84%
2021$51.20-0.54%
2022$52.332.21%*

* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.
** Extended periods of 0% inflation usually indicate incomplete underlying data. This can manifest as a sharp increase in inflation later on.


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

Year1977197819791980198119821983198419851986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019202020212022
CPI68.40069.73174.60080.66287.49294.869100.646104.485108.077111.938114.600118.477122.992128.631134.585136.469140.485144.538145.238148.223151.700159.285165.292166.785168.123167.185167.992169.508171.315173.123177.001178.037183.638182.171184.268186.689186.364189.252188.160188.828186.960186.320182.827179.464178.504182.450

Adjust cosmetics prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2022 / CPI in 1978 * 1978 USD value = 2022 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Cosmetics, perfume, bath, nail preparations and implements was 69.731 in the year 1978 and 182.450 in 2022:

182.450 / 69.731 * $20 = $52.33

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1978 has the same "purchasing power" as $52.33 in 2022 (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 1977. 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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