Our Story

Our Mission

Forest Rhapsody was born out of a desire to create category-defining formulas.

We believe modern science and ancient wisdom can co-exist harmoniously, and we are on a mission to formulate intelligent and sophisticated skincare solutions that boldly celebrate green chemistry while paying tribute to age-old beauty rituals across Southeast Asia, creating products that provide both results and a sensory experience.

At Forest Rhapsody, we formulate to perform and to delight. 

  Message From Our Founder

I always had an affinity to nature.

Growing up in Singapore, a tropical island in Southeast Asia, I was the daughter of an ardent nature lover. I started exploring the symbiotic relationship between plants and science as early as I could remember - my childhood was spent outdoors among plants, trees and medicinal herbs, and it was in this environment that the first seeds of Forest Rhapsody were planted.

This passion transitioned with me into my adult years, but it was during my pregnancy that this curiosity evolved into a full-time commitment – Forest Rhapsody. Throughout both pregnancies, I dealt with volatile and aggressive bouts of hormonal cystic acne. Many of my skincare products aggravated my skin condition and had to be shelved. Post pregnancy, my skin simply lost its resilience. It was easily sensitised and I was forced to re-evaluate my skincare routine and every product I had known and used. During this period of trial and error, I oscillated wildly between multiple harsh actives prescribed by top dermatologists, and overly simplified formulas that eliminated all gratification from a daily skincare routine.

This experience compelled me to research gentle yet efficacious alternatives to the traditional actives that were available to me up till this point. I intuitively turned to plants for solutions – using clinically proven plant-based bioactives was without doubt, the optimal solution. Many of these cutting edge bioactives are derived from plants that I grew up using, learning and understanding. They are close to my heart and I experienced firsthand how these botanicals are weaved into the daily beauty rituals of women across this region.

Through rigorous research, endless experimentation and multiple trials, I work with a team of all-female chemists to explore innovative ingredients to pioneer a game-changing skincare line that is rooted in plant-based bioactives.



CJ Zhan-Shahani