Our Story

As the daughter of an ardent nature lover, my childhood was spent outdoors among trees, plants and herbs, while exploring their innate ability to regenerate, heal and mend. This curiosity extended well into my adult years, yet it was not until I was expecting my daughter that this side passion evolved into a full-time commitment – Forest Rhapsody Skincare.

Both my pregnancies were marked by volatile bouts of hormonal cystic acne, and many of my skincare products were shelved because they were aggravating my skin condition. Post pregnancy, my skin simply lost its resilience – it was easily sensitized and reacted to many ingredients I was previously using. I soon found myself oscillating wildly between multiple harsh actives and overly simplified formulas.

As I sought gentler alternatives to the traditional actives I had been accustomed to up till that point, formulating with gentle botanical bioactives was without doubt, the optimal solution - the bioactives you find in our formulas are derived from plants, and supported by clinical studies.

In formulating this collection, I wanted to shift the conversation from instant results, to one that celebrates the gradual revival and sustenance of happy and healthy skin. My guiding principle is not about how many actives I can cram into a formula, or how high a percentage the formulas can reach. This capsule collection focuses on using key bioactives, optimising their performance with other proven ingredients, and allowing these key actives to take centre stage in a formula.

I was always taught that every plant has a story behind it – its purpose in the environment, why and how it co-exists with other plants, and most intriguingly, how it benefits us. I listened. I learned. And now, I gather all my knowledge, past and present, to craft this capsule skincare collection for you.

Wishing you happy skin,


CJ Zhan-Shahani
Founder and Chief Formulator

What We Stand For

Ingredients safety: We are EU-compliant, which means our products passed the notoriously strict standards set by the EU. To add some context, EU banned 1300+ ingredients, while US has only banned 11 ingredients. So rest assured that when you indulge in any of our products, only the best ingredients are serving your skin's needs.

Environmental accountability: Sustainability is at the heart of what we do, and we believe in leaving a place better than we found it. Our skin treats come in recyclable glass jars or bottles - we hope you find new ways to repurpose or recycle the packaging!

Certifications: Forest Rhapsody is approved under the Leaping Bunny programme. The Leaping Bunny is the best assurance that a brand is genuinely committed to removing animal testing from its supply chain.