Title: Understanding consumer behaviour towards toxic chemical-free cosmetics using Schwartz values - a study from India

Authors: Sita Mishra

Addresses: Institute of Management Technology, P.O. Box 137, Hapur Road, Rajnagar, Ghaziabad, UP, India

Abstract: In last few years, a new trend has emerged with consumers' increased concern about ingredients in cosmetics. As a result, the cosmetic companies are looking to launch natural, organics or 'free-of' cosmetics. However, just introduction of the new products will not serve the purpose. A discussion on consumer values, that represent the most abstract cognitions and serve as standards for evaluating attitudes, beliefs, and behaviour, is very relevant in today's context. This study combines the theory of reasoned action (TRA) and Schwartz values to assess the impact of consumers' buying intention. The results of the current study indicate that personal values affect consumers' attitude towards toxic chemical free cosmetics. Out of the four values, self-enhancement is the most influencing value which impacts attitude of Indian consumers towards toxic chemical free cosmetics. Further, attitude is found to be significantly influencing the willingness to purchase toxic chemical free cosmetics. The study also discusses managerial implications of the study in order to suggest the marketers what insights can be drawn from the study.

Keywords: consumer values; attitude; purchase intention; toxic free cosmetics; Schwartz values; India.

DOI: 10.1504/IJICBM.2018.094253

International Journal of Indian Culture and Business Management, 2018 Vol.17 No.2, pp.185 - 201

Received: 16 Aug 2017
Accepted: 16 Dec 2017

Published online: 23 Aug 2018 *

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