Denmark Average Prices – Beauty
In my last post, I shared Danish grocery prices. Today, I’m going to show you Denmark average prices of cosmetics and toiletries at Matas, which is like CVS, but without the medicine, cleaning stuff, and groceries.
I’ll also show you the prices of day spa/salon treatments, which are pretty much the same anywhere you go in Aarhus. I didn’t include haircuts on the list because there’s a huge variation from Cost Cutters type places to luxury salons and a lot in between.
The prices given in USD are based on the average exchange rate from when I arrived in Denmark in 2010, through 2014, which is 5.60 Danish Kroner to 1 US Dollar.
Danish Cosmetics & Toiletries Prices
|Item||Size||Price (DKK)||Price (USD)|
|Aussie Volume Shampoo||300ml/10oz||79.95||$14.27|
|Aussie Volume Conditioner||250ml/8.5oz||79.95||$14.27|
|Colgate MaxFresh Toothpaste||2 x 75ml/2.5oz||34.75||$6.19|
|Dove Bar Soap||2 x 100g/3.5oz||24.95||$4.45|
|Garnier Make-Up Remover Gel||200ml/3.3oz||70.00||$12.50|
|Garnier Nutrisse Hair Color||each||114.95||$20.52|
|L'Oreal Color Riche Lipstick||each||99.95||$17.84|
|L'Oreal True Match Foundation||each||144.95||$25.88|
|L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara||each||99.95||$17.84|
|Nail Polish Remover|
|Nivea Nourishing Milk Lotion||250ml/8oz||50.00||$8.92|
|OPI Nail Polish||each||125.00||$22.32|
|SmashBox Studio Skin Foundation||30ml/1oz||270.00||$48.21|
|Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Polish||14.7ml/0.5oz||89.95||$16.06|
Danish Day Spa/Salon Prices
|Item||Price (DKK)||Price (USD)|
|Massage (1 hour)||485.00||$86.60|
|Wax - Eyebrows||125.00||$22.32|
|Wax - Bikini||160.00||$28.57|
|Wax - Brazilian||485.00||$86.60|
Managing My Beauty Budget in Denmark
Skincare and beautiful brows are a priority for me, so monthly facials and brow waxes are non-negotiable. I stretch my beauty budget by having my treatments done by beauty school students for half price. I splurge a few times a year for manis/pedis, but mostly do my nails myself.
Aside from emergency situations, I buy all of my cosmetics and anti-aging products when traveling outside of Denmark. I love going to Boots when we’re in England, and Kiko in Italy, or whenever I stumble across one.
On the bright side, this has forced me to use up my US cosmetics stash. Gone are the days of having drawers full of languishing beauty products from failed experiments. If I buy something I don’t like, I use it anyway… ’til it’s gone.
Denmark has very hard water, so regardless of which products I use, I’ve gotten used to my hair looking like crap on most days ;-) There’s no sense in prioritizing premium hair products, but I do prioritize good haircuts. I was getting my hair cut on my lunch hour for 355kr/$63, but it’s worth it to me to spend 515kr/$92 with a junior stylist at a better salon in the city.
How do these prices compare to prices where you live? Tell me in the comments :)
Next up, it’s another Travel Tuesday, then we’ll take a look at the prices of liquor, cars, fuel, dining out, rent, and other miscellaneous things in Denmark.