Cosmetics priced at $20 in 1983 $35.66 in 2020

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Prices for Cosmetics, 1983-2020 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for cosmetics, perfume, bath, nail preparations and implements were 78.31% higher in 2020 versus 1983 (a $15.66 difference in value).

Between 1983 and 2020: Cosmetics experienced an average inflation rate of 1.58% per year. In other words, cosmetics costing $20 in the year 1983 would cost $35.66 in 2020 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.61% during this same period, inflation for cosmetics was lower.

In the year 1983: Pricing changed by 6.09%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for cosmetics during the 1983-2020 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1983 (3.21%), inflation for cosmetics was higher.

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%).

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

Year 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
CPI 68.400 69.731 74.600 80.662 87.492 94.869 100.646 104.485 108.077 111.938 114.600 118.477 122.992 128.631 134.585 136.469 140.485 144.538 145.238 148.223 151.700 159.285 165.292 166.785 168.123 167.185 167.992 169.508 171.315 173.123 177.001 178.037 183.638 182.171 184.268 186.689 186.364 189.252 188.160 188.828 186.960 186.320 182.827 179.464

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Buying power of $20 since 1983

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Cosmetics, over time, for $20 beginning in 1983. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
1983 $20.00 6.09%
1984 $20.76 3.81%
1985 $21.48 3.44%
1986 $22.24 3.57%
1987 $22.77 2.38%
1988 $23.54 3.38%
1989 $24.44 3.81%
1990 $25.56 4.58%
1991 $26.74 4.63%
1992 $27.12 1.40%
1993 $27.92 2.94%
1994 $28.72 2.89%
1995 $28.86 0.48%
1996 $29.45 2.05%
1997 $30.15 2.35%
1998 $31.65 5.00%
1999 $32.85 3.77%
2000 $33.14 0.90%
2001 $33.41 0.80%
2002 $33.22 -0.56%
2003 $33.38 0.48%
2004 $33.68 0.90%
2005 $34.04 1.07%
2006 $34.40 1.06%
2007 $35.17 2.24%
2008 $35.38 0.59%
2009 $36.49 3.15%
2010 $36.20 -0.80%
2011 $36.62 1.15%
2012 $37.10 1.31%
2013 $37.03 -0.17%
2014 $37.61 1.55%
2015 $37.39 -0.58%
2016 $37.52 0.36%
2017 $37.15 -0.99%
2018 $37.02 -0.34%
2019 $36.33 -1.87%
2020 $35.66 -1.84%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for cosmetics, 1983-2020

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2020 / CPI in 1983 * 1983 USD value = 2020 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Cosmetics, perfume, bath, nail preparations and implements was 100.646 in the year 1983 and 179.464 in 2020:

179.464 / 100.646 * $20 = $35.66

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1983 has the same "purchasing power" as $35.66 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 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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