Govt: Sandalwood Oil Factory – Mysuru
The Government Sandalwood Oil Factory was established in 1916 by the Mysore King Nalwadi Krishnaraja Wodeyar and Diwan Sir M. Visvesvaraya. It was set up with an aim to explore resources in Mysore and produce the best natural sandalwood oil. Sandalwood is a flower-bearing tree, whose scented wood is used to extract oil and make several products. The perfumed wood is also sold in its original form.
The first experiment conducted for the extraction of sandalwood oil was carried out at the Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore), under the supervision of Professor Suddourough and Professor Watson. Presently, sandalwood oil is used at this factory to make cosmetics, toilet soaps, incense sticks, talcum powder, cologne powder and baby powder. The first sandal soap was introduced under the brand name ‘Mysore Sandal Soap’ in the year 1918.
On a guided tour of this factory, you will see the various stages involved in the extraction of sandalwood oil and preparation of varied products using it. Don’t forget to buy products made at the factory as souvenirs for friends back home.
Best buy: All their products are good but the soaps and oils are standout