World war and Mysore sandal soap wondering how they are related?
It all started with the world war. Mysore at that time was the largest sandalwood producer in the world. Due to world war, it could not be exported to European countries. Maharaja Vodeyar in 1916 thought how to use the surplus sandalwood. He and then his divan Sir. M Vishveshwarayya, send a student of IISC named S. G Shashtri to England to know how to make soap. It was the first soap to use pure sandalwood oil.
It quickly became popular among both the elite and common people. S.G Shashtri who made the soap was popularly called Soap Shashtri.
Even today it is one of the most popular soap. Although it is mostly liked by the people above 40years of age, nowadays youths too have started taking interest in the soap. Due to low sandalwood availability, Mysore sandal soap production is only 25% these days. What started with surplus sandalwood, now the factory has to import from the open market and other countries.
During 2016-2017 the Karnataka soap detergent ltd. released Mysore Sandal Millenium soap, which priced Rs. 820 (150 gms). It was the costliest soap in the country.
The logo of Mysore sandal soap is "Shrabha" (The mythological creature with the body of the lion and head of the elephant)