I've really been enjoying my Art of Shaving Sandalwood soap. I'm rather curious about their use of essential oils. As I understand it, sandalwood eo is incredibly expensive; whereas, lavender and lemon are pretty cheap.
Now all three soaps cost $26 for a refill puck. My question is, is so little eo used that the production cost difference between the sandalwood soap and the lemon/lavender is negligeble? Or, is there a substantive cost of production difference, and the lemon/lavender soaps are in effect subsidizing the use of sandalwood eo in the sandalwood soap?
Also, and on a more depressing note, having known many P&G people in my time, I can not under any circumstances imagine their continuing to use real sandalwood eo down the road. That is just such a huge red flag jumping out at a junior bean counter looking to impress his superiors.