Toiletries items have become more expensive in the local market.
Multinational companies often increase the price of personal care items, creating extra pressure on the consumers who are already struggling with rising food prices.
Prices of these items have increased many times over the past few years and new products with higher prices have started to appear in the market recently, said market insiders.
In a recent statement, Unilever Bangladesh Ltd said the import and production cost has raised significantly for several reasons, mainly due to the rise in raw materials prices in global markets, freight cost, domestic transport cost, shortage of products and depreciation of the taka against the dollar.
While visiting different grocery shops at Kawranbazar and Mohammadpur in the city recently, it was observed that the price of a 180ml Sunsilk shampoo increased to Tk 200 from Tk 180 while the price of 350ml Sunsilk black shine shampoo increased to Tk 350 from Tk 330.
The prices of other Sunsilk products including straight, hijab recharge, and healthy growth increased to Tk 215 from Tk 195 for each 180 ml bottle.
The price of a 180 ml bottle of head & shoulders 2 in 1 smooth & silky anti-dandruff shampoo + conditioner increased to Tk 315 from Tk 299 while the price of a 340 ml pack soared to Tk 530 from Tk 525.
The price of a 200gram Pepsodent toothpaste germi check+ increased to Tk 135 from Tk 130; Pepsodent 45 gram pack increased to Tk 45 from Tk 42. The price of a 160 gram closeup toothpaste increased to Tk 125 from Tk 120, while the price of a 45 gram closeup toothpaste soared to Tk 45 from Tk 42.
Ariful Islam, a private company employee, told Daily Sun that consumers are already struggling with rising commodity prices and the price hikes of toiletries items have created extra pressure on the general public.
Mohammad Roman, a grocery shop owner at Mohammadpur, said the prices of toiletries items increase frequently.
“Some companies have hiked the price of toiletries item recently. When a company increases the price of their products, other companies also start to increase their prices too,” he said.
“We have been navigating our business through unprecedented cost inflation, which required us to take pricing action for some of our categories,” Unilever Bangladesh Ltd has said in its statement.
“However, our price increases have been well below the inflation rate as we continued our effort to provide our consumers with their much needed and loved brands at a competitive price. Despite the disruptions in our supply chain; increases or volatility in the cost of raw materials and commodities, we are committed to providing the best and high-quality products for the consumer of our country,” said the statement.
Price of some local brand toothpaste has also increased by Tk 3 to 5 per pack, soap price increased by Tk 2-5 and detergent powders became Tk 5-10 costlier, said Shadhin, the owner of a store at Kuril.The price of 1 Kg wheel washing powder has increased to Tk 110 from Tk 100, said a salesman of Mama Vagina Mudi at Kawranbazar.