Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Mysore Sandal Soap

I am feeling good. 

Summer has arrived in Pune. It's been a sultry hot day, terrible, very humid and sweaty. 

Yet I am feeling good. 

That's because I have just had a bath with Mysore Sandal Soap. I feel clean, refreshed and smell nice with the lingering spicy smell of Sandalwood.

I clearly remember my first tryst with Mysore Sandal Soap. Way back in the 1960s, we used to travel twice a year from the “upcountry” to Pune for our vacations. There were no direct trains to Pune then and we had to travel via Mumbai. So we came down from the upcountry by famous trains, like the Frontier Mail, the Howrah Mail, the Calcutta Mail or the Punjab Mail, feeling all scruffy and weary, covered with coal dust, got off Dadar in the morning and went to my grand-aunt’s house in Hindu Colony nearby.

The old-style house had a huge spotlessly clean tiled bathroom and it was there that I first discovered Mysore Sandal Soap.

It was a leisurely relaxed bathing experience, the soothing lather of Mysore Sandal Soap softening my skin, and I would emerge fully refreshed exuding the tantalizing yet subtle lingering fragrance of sandalwood.

Then, after a sumptuous breakfast, we would board a bus from Dadar TT or a local from the station to South Mumbai, spend the day loafing, window shopping, browsing books, a movie and a meal and then head to CST [then known as Bombay VT] to catch the Deccan Queen to Pune.

Since then Mysore Sandal Soap is my all time favourite and I truly enjoy the luxurious bathing experience every morning, and in the evenings too. 

Being an “old timer” I prefer the subtle lingering natural fragrance of sandalwood rather than the overpowering synthetic scent of present day deodorants. 

Those days the focus was on cleanliness and hygiene rather than masking your body odour by spraying your body copiously with strong smelling deodorants.

A nice soothing bath, skin feeling soft and nourished, feeling clean, refreshed, smelling natural, gently exuding the lingering gentle comforting fresh fragrance of sandalwood - that’s what makes me feel good, rather than the present day practice of profusely deodorizing one’s body till one reeks of artificial overpowering standardized perfume all day.

If you haven’t tried out Mysore Sandal Soap yet, you must do so soon. Do have a tantalizing bathing experience with Mysore Sandal Soap, especially on a hot summer day, and tell us how you liked it.

Morning and evening, on a hot summer day, have a bath with Mysore Sandal Soap. You’ll feel good - you can take my word for it.

Copyright © Vikram Karve 2012
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Kajal said...

Aha--you bring back memories..Mysore sandle wood soap fragrance is so distinct and stays on like forever and ever.

glad to have found you via Indiblogger again.

D.Nambiar said...

You said it: those were the days when the focus was on cleanliness and hygiene rather than masking your body with deodorants. REALLY!
My dad loves those Mysore Sandal Soaps, he really does. :)

Very sweet post.

Vikram Waman Karve said...

@ Kajal - I am glad this post evoked fragrant memories. You are right - the sandalwood fragrance (soothing rather than overpowering like modern day deodorants) lingers on for a long time.

Vikram Waman Karve said...

@ D Nambiar - Does your Dad still bathe with Mysore Sandal Soap? I still do - and that's why I never need a synthetically perfumed overpowering deo!