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Cost of Personal Care and Cosmetics

This data is sourced from the March 2016 Cost of Living Survey conducted by Mercer. All prices displayed are from the medium pricing level reported.

One Australian dollar (A$1.00) = $0.75 US dollars (USD$0.752627).

Toiletries  Australian dollars (A$)
United States dollars (USD$)
Tampon (box of 40/regular) 13.40 10.33
Toilet tissue (2 rolls) 2.25 2.68
Soap, 1 bath-size (150 g) 2.15 3.24
Shower gel (250 ml) 5.00 3.39
Hair shampoo, 2-in-1 (200 ml) 4.51 3.23
Disposable diapers (box of 52) 23.83 25.98
Toothpaste, with fluoride (120 g) 5.24 2.85
Deodorant, roll-on (50 ml) 3.99 3.76
Razor blades (5 blades) 28.12 27.20
Facial tissues (box of 100) 2.62 2.43
Home pharmacy Australian dollars (A$) United States dollars (USD$)
Aspirin, non-effervescent (100 tablets) 17.46 7.49
Cotton, sterilised swab, box of 200 3.12 2.09
Celebrex for rheumatism, box of 30 29.95 238.19
Antibiotics, Augmentin 500, box of 12 16.64 13.21
Private doctor, general/specialist practitioner 80.00 150.00
Box of 20 band-aids 2.99 3.86
Antiseptic spray, disinfectant (20 ml) 3.79 1.54
Coughing & throat relief, box of 20 7.86 7.49
Cosmetics Australian dollars (A$) United States dollars (USD$)
Lipstick, deluxe brand 50.00 32.66
Moisturising cream, deluxe brand 100.00 68.59
Hand cream (120 g) 8.92 8.48
Suntan lotion, factor 6-8 (200 ml) 16.49 13.20
Eau de toilette, Chanel No. 5 (50 ml) 126.00 89.28
Beauty salon, hairdressers Australian dollars (A$) United States dollars (USD$)
Men's shampoo and haircut 65.00 103.46
Women's shampoo, haircut and brushing 98.00 130.00