India is a rich land of forest; ivory, silk, sandal, precious gems are magical charms of centuries. The most enchanting perfumes of the world got their exotic spell with a twist of sandal. The world’s richest sandalwood resource is from one isolated stretch of forests land in South India that is Karnataka.
the Government Soap Factory during the year 1918. The The origin of sandalwood and its oil in Karnataka, which is used in making of Mysore sandal soaps is well known as Fragrant Ambassador of India and Sandalwood oil is in fact known as “Liquid Gold”. By the Inspiration of His Highness Maharaja of Mysore late Jayachamarajendra Wodeyar, the trading of sandal logo started which was exported to Europe and new destinations, but with commencement of First World War India faced Severe Crisis on the business of sandalwood. This situation gave rise to start of an industry, which produces value added products i.e., of Sandalwood oil. His Highness Maharaja of Mysore created this situation as an opportunity by sowing the seed of the Government Sandalwood Oil Factory, which is the present KS&DL. The project was shaped with the engineering skills and expertise of the top level. Late Sir M. Visvesvaraya, the great engineer who was the man behind the project. Today’s famous Mysore Sandal Soap credit goes to late Sri Sosale Garalapuri Shastri who incorporated the process of soap making using Sandalwood oil. He was an eminent scientist in the field working at the Tata Institute, Bangalore. He was sent to England to master the fine aspects of soap manufacturing. The Maharaja of Mysore & Diwan Sir M. Visvesvaraya established factory was started as a very small unit near K.R. Circle, Bangalore with the capacity of 100 tons P.A. In November 1918 the Mysore Sandal Soap was put into the market after sincere effort and experiments were undertaken to evolve a soap perfume blend using sandalwood oil as the main base to manufacture toilet soap. The...
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