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It may seem like a total mismatch – the government-run Karnataka Soaps & Detergents and French couture giant Hermès – but the former says it has been inspired by the latter to create an uber-luxe version of it’s iconic Mysore Sandal Soap. Priced at Rs. 720 (approximately €10.60/$14/£8.8) for 150 grams, this is India’s most expensive soap to date – a big step up for the company whose previous soaps cost just Rs. 70.

Mysore Sandal Soap, Mysore Sandalwood Millennium Soap, Millennium, Sandal, Sandalwood, Beauty, Skincare, Spa, Hermes, IndiaBut it’s not just about empty luxury – at the heart of this Mysore Sandal Millennium  soap is a whopping three per cent of pure Indian sandalwood oil, whose increasingly limited availability has led to the prices shooting up ten-fold to upwards of $4,000 per litre in the last decade (read more about the problems of the Indian sandalwood industry in this article).

So, not only does this soap enjoy all the skin-perfecting and protecting benefits of Indian sandalwood (reduction of acne and stretch marks, relieving inflammation and itching, preventing premature ageing, imparting a soothing, toning and moisturising effect, preventing scars and marks, acting as a natural sunscreen and guarding against hyper-pigmentation to list a few) but is also chock-full of high grade vegetable and floral oils (like jojoba and mimosa), skin conditioners, moisturisers, Vitamin-E, glycerin and hydrolysed milk proteins that are high in amino acids to help skin remain supple and hydrated.

The Mysore Sandal Millennium soap, which took three years of Research & Development has been tested for dermatological studies in both India and Paris. It will soon be exported to international markets and might soon be followed by a liquid version.

Will you be buying a bar?

Mysore Sandal Soap has a cult following worldwide and even Queen Victoria rated it as her favourite skincare product