Cosmetics: Market value in Great Britain 2009-2018

This statistic shows the market value of cosmetics in Great Britain from 2009 to 2018. Cosmetics includes spending on fragrances, color cosmetics, skincare, hair care and toiletries. The total sales value of the cosmetics market in December 2018 was estimated at 9.68 billion British pounds (GBP), a slight decrease from the year previous.

Many cosmetics products are imported from various countries from all over the world, with France being the biggest importer of cosmetics products in 2016. The United Kingdom also exports many cosmetics products, with the majority of cosmetics products being exported to both the Irish Republic and Germany.

In the United Kingdom toiletries hold the highest market value for cosmetics in 2016 with a total of 2.2 billion British pounds. Fragrances are a sought after product, however the market value is much smaller for this category, with an estimate value of 1.8 billion British pounds.

Organic and natural cosmetic products are also important for many consumers within the United Kingdom, with 54 percent of people wanting non chemical ingredients in their products.

Market value of cosmetics in Great Britain from 2009 to 2018

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Release date

May 2019


United Kingdom (Great Britain)

Survey time period

December 2009 to December 2018

Supplementary notes

* Data for 2009 to 2016 is taken from most up to date figures published in previous CPTA Annual Reports.

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