Cosmetics priced at $20 in 1991 $28.27 in 2024

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Prices for Cosmetics, 1991-2024 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for cosmetics, perfume, bath, nail preparations and implements are 41.33% higher in 2024 versus 1991 (a $8.27 difference in value).

Between 1991 and 2024: Cosmetics experienced an average inflation rate of 1.05% per year. In other words, cosmetics costing $20 in the year 1991 would cost $28.27 in 2024 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 2.54% during this same period, inflation for cosmetics was lower.

In the year 1991: Pricing changed by 4.63%, which is significantly above the average yearly change for cosmetics during the 1991-2024 time period. Compared to inflation for all items in 1991 (4.23%), 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%).

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Buying power of $20.00 since 1991

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Cosmetics, over time, for $20 beginning in 1991. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

YearUSD ValueInflation Rate
1991$20.004.63%
1992$20.281.40%
1993$20.882.94%
1994$21.482.89%
1995$21.580.48%
1996$22.032.05%
1997$22.542.35%
1998$23.675.00%
1999$24.563.77%
2000$24.790.90%
2001$24.980.80%
2002$24.84-0.56%
2003$24.960.48%
2004$25.190.90%
2005$25.461.07%
2006$25.731.06%
2007$26.302.24%
2008$26.460.59%
2009$27.293.15%
2010$27.07-0.80%
2011$27.381.15%
2012$27.741.31%
2013$27.69-0.17%
2014$28.121.55%
2015$27.96-0.58%
2016$28.060.36%
2017$27.78-0.99%
2018$27.69-0.34%
2019$27.17-1.87%
2020$26.67-1.84%
2021$26.53-0.54%
2022$27.112.21%
2023$28.204.01%
2024$28.270.23%*

* 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:

Year197719781979198019811982198319841985198619871988198919901991199219931994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018201920202021202220232024
CPI68.40069.73174.60080.66287.49294.869100.646104.485108.077111.938114.600118.477122.992128.631134.585136.469140.485144.538145.238148.223151.700159.285165.292166.785168.123167.185167.992169.508171.315173.123177.001178.037183.638182.171184.268186.689186.364189.252188.160188.828186.960186.320182.827179.464178.504182.450189.773190.205

Adjust cosmetics prices for inflation

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2024 / CPI in 1991 * 1991 USD value = 2024 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Cosmetics, perfume, bath, nail preparations and implements was 134.585 in the year 1991 and 190.205 in 2024:

190.205 / 134.585 * $20 = $28.27

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 1991 has the same "purchasing power" as $28.27 in 2024 (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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