My Perfect Weekend with beauty entrepreneur Lynn Tan Dharmawan

Beauty entrepreneur Lynn Tan Dharmawan and her husband, Jody Dharmawan. PHOTO: LYNN TAN DHARMAWAN

Who: Lynn Tan Dharmawan is the founder of The Powder Shampoo, a vegan powder-to-foam shampoo brand that champions a sustainable way to shower.

The 44-year-old Singaporean has been a distributor of botanical beauty brands since 2003. For The Powder Shampoo, she recently launched a foam wash version of her flagship product, both of which give up to 100 washes a bottle. All the products are made in Singapore.

She is married to entrepreneur turned business life coach and trainer Jody Dharmawan, and they have three children aged seven to 18.

“Fridays are date nights with my husband, when we dine out without the kids. We love to eat, so we will try out new cafes or restaurants and catch up with each other.

Recently, we went to Zen in Bukit Pasoh Road, Jinjo at Shaw Centre, and Cloudstreet and Kulto in Amoy Street. We are looking to try the new Burnt Ends in Dempsey and Restaurant Poise in Chinatown next.

I live by the Green Corridor and at 6.30am on Saturdays, I will go for long walks of around 20km by myself or with a close girlfriend.

I like to walk 10km to cafe-bakery Plain Vanilla in Neil Road and indulge in its scrambled eggs on sourdough with crushed avocado and a side of yellow frisee salad. I order a hot piccolo latte as well.

After the hearty breakfast, it is another 10km walk home. I am usually back by 10am to spend the day with my family.

Beauty entrepreneur Lynn Tan Dharmawan with her husband Jody Dharmawan and their kids. PHOTO: LYNN TAN DHARMAWAN

After lunch with them, I tend to go to our factory in Pasir Panjang, where new batches of shampoo are manufactured and new products tested.

At about 6pm, my husband would pick me up for dinner and we always go to our favourite restaurant – Opio Kitchen & Bar in Alexandra Road. We love its casual and friendly environment.

But above all, we enjoy the high-quality and value-for-money food. We always order the Flambe Seafood Bisque – it has an entire lobster, a crab claw, scallops and two prawns inside. Delicious.

Sundays are family days and we normally spend time outdoors. We might walk or cycle towards the railway and open plains at Old Holland Road.

In the later part of the day, we are usually at home playing board or video games, and I will cook. I find it a fun challenge to take what we have left in the fridge, add a couple more ingredients and make a delicious meal like a claypot udon with vegetables and seafood, or a slow-cook stew.

If I cook from scratch, my kids love my creamy salmon with spinach or grilled mint lamb chop.”

Lynn Tan Dharmawan and her husband in The Powder Shampoo factory. PHOTO: LYNN TAN DHARMAWAN

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