The Government Sandalwood Oil factory was established by the Maharaja of Mysore His Highness Nalwadi Krishna Raja Wodeyar and Diwan Sir, M. Visvesvaraya, during the year 1916 at Mysore, to extract Sandalwood Oil from Sandalwood. The Maharaja of Mysore was keen to propel Mysore State on the Global Map, by introducing "THE WORLD'S BEST NATURAL SANDALWOOD OIL" and make it as a "FRAGRANCE AMBASSADOR OF INDIA". The first experiment for extraction of Sandalwood oil from Sandalwood was successfully conducted at Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, under the leadership of Prof. Suddourough and Prof. Watson. The high quality Sandalwood oil with British Pharmacopeia was introduced to the world by the Government Soap Factory, Mysore.
During the year 1918, a foreign guest presented a rare gift pack of Soaps made of using Sandalwood oil produced in our Country to His Highness, the Maharaja of Mysore. This has sparked the idea of utilizing the available natural Sandalwood oil for making soap in the home State of Mysore. Sri S.G. Shastry, who was a qualified Industrial Chemist, was sent to London for an advanced training on Soap & Perfumery technology. With the return of S.G. Shastry from London, the era of MYSORE SANDAL SOAP began. Sri S.G. Shastry developed Sandal perfume, which was considered as a land mark in the field of soap perfuming in those days. The first indigenous SANDAL SOAP with Sandal Note as its base fragrance along with the other Natural Essential Oils like Vetivert, Patchouli, Geranium, Palm Rosa, orange, Petitgrain etc. was produced and introduced in the market under the brand name of MYSORE SANDAL SOAP in the year 1918.
Karnataka Soaps & Detergents Limited has a clear Vision for all round development of the Company. This is reflected in the form of a well conceptualized and cogent blue print called VISION 2013. The VISION 2013 sets the goals and suggests the strategies and plans to achieve this goals. The Vision of the KS&DL is embodied in the following statement:-
"KARNATAKA SOAPS & DETERGENTS LIMITED WILL LEVERAGE LATEST SOAP MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BY IMBIBING PROFESSIONAL MANAGEMENT TECHNIQUES TO IMPROVE ITS FUNCTIONAL ACTIVITIES, TRANSPARENCY, BUSINESS AND TO TRANSFORM ITSELF INTO A MODERN, PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION IN THE FMCG MARKET IN INDIA AND ALSO TO SPREAD ITS FRAGRANCE IN THE FMCG GLOBAL MARKET".