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Industrial Visit to Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Limited

On 8th of October, 2011 we, the students of Global Institute for Corporate Education had an industrial visit to the Bangalore location of Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Ltd. (KSDL), where Mysore sandal products are manufactured.
The Government Sandalwood oil factory was established by the Maharaja of Mysore his Highness Nalwadi Krishna Raja Wodeyar and Diwan Sir M. Visvesvaraya, during 1916 at Mysore to extract sandalwood oil from sandalwood. The foresight and enthusiasm of Maharaja of Mysore was to keep Mysore state in the global map by introducing the world’s best natural sandalwood oil and to make it as a fragrance ambassador of India. Karnataka Soaps & Detergents Limited has got manufacturing locations at Bangalore, Mysore & Shimoga.

Sandalwood oil – Ayurvedic uses

The woody, sweet rosaceous, fixative nature of Sandalwood oil is well-known in Ayurvedic treatments. The oil is used for emotional and spiritual calming, enhancing mental clarity, increasing devotion and transfer energy for practicing, celebrities and also as a psychotropic drug. The natural Sandalwood oil produced in this part of India is still the best because of its unique significant aroma and is an enduring fragrance ingredient for fine perfumes, deodorants and top-class perfumery. The Sandalwood oil produced by KS&DL is known around the world as the East Indian Sandalwood Oil, because of its unique Aroma.

KSDL is into the Manufacturing and Sales of the world renowned products like Toilet Soaps, Detergents, Agarbathies, Cosmetics, Sandalwood & Sandalwood Oil. The most sought out product with a strong brand loyalty is “Mysore Sandal Soap”.

During 1916, Sri S.G. Sastry had developed the Sandal perfume, which was considered as a landmark in the field of soap perfuming in those days. The first Mysore Sandal Soap was produced by utilizing the natural Sandalwood oil as the main ingredient of perfume and was introduced in the market during November 1918. The Sandalwood oil factory at Shimoga was established in 1944. The Government Soap Factory was converted into a State owned Public Sector Undertaking under the name & style of KARNATAKA SOAPS AND DETERGENTS LTD during the year 1980. The KARNATAKA SOAPS & DETERGENTS LTD., (KS&DL) is the true inheritor of India’s Golden Sandalwood Legacy. KS&DL is one of the largest extractors of Mysore Sandalwood Oil and manufacturers of Mysore Sandal Soap in the world.

Their Sandalwood Oil Division at Mysore is the largest extractor of Sandalwood Oil in India. It is exported to Europe, U.S.A. U.A.E. Russia and Germany, and used by leading perfume houses of the world. Sandalwood oil is known as FRAGRANCE AMBASSADOR OF INDIA and also known LIQUID GOLD. Mysore Sandal Soap was born from this golden legacy, enriched with the PURE NATURAL SANDALWOOD OIL and it is KS&DL’s gift to the Nation. MYSORE SANDAL SOAP is the favourite of millions of people all over the world.

The various products that KS&DL manufactures are:
1. Mysore sandal soap
2. Herbal care soaps
3. Mysore Detergent cake
4. Liquid detergents
5. Mysore sandal talcum powder
6. Hand wash liquids
7. Mysore sandal agarbathies
8. Sandalwood oil and powder

KS&DL is also exporting different varieties of Soaps to different countries i.e. Middle East, European countries, Asian countries, American countries, Australia, African countries. KS&DL also markets Agarbathies, Talcum Powder, Baby Powder, Hand wash, Sandal Wood & Sandalwood Oil.

KS&DL is accredited with ISO 9001-2000 & ISO-14001:2004 certifications for its Quality Management System and Environmental Management Systems.