Our philosophy for
Clean and Effective Formulations
Cruelty Free, Vegan, and Vegetarian.
Beauty Unbound from Expectations
Physician Formulated to be Clean & Effective
Unfortunately, Most "natural" formulations are not medically effective, and most "clinically effective" formulations contain toxins.
Our co-founder and CEO is a physician who is also a cancer survivor. Which means we painstakingly create the most effective and non-toxic formulations possible.
That means NO silicones, drying alcohols, formaldehyde, phthalates, synthetic dyes, parabens, sulfates, PEG compounds, MEA / DEA / TEA, or EDTA.
Clean & Effective
Cruelty-Free, Vegan, and Vegetarian.
Never Tested on Animals
We are PETA and Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free, because we believe there is no justification for harming animals for human skin health.
We will never test on animals for our ingredients, formulations, or finished products anywhere in the world. The majority of our line is also vegan. We are committed to having a fully vegan line by 2021.
Beauty is NOT in the eye of the beholder.
Our founders believe that beauty should be unbound from the expectations and insecurities the beauty industry has put upon people. We believe that everyone is beautiful when they have healthy skin.
Our goal is to help you find confidence in your own skin, by providing you with clean products that are medically effective at restoring your skin's health.
Sister & Brother
Founded by Siblings Who Survived Cancer
Kalpana Sundar, D.O.
Co-Founder & CEO
Dr. Kalpana Sundar is an entrepreneur, speaker, and Board Certified Physician that is fueled by a philosophy that true beauty comes from within and is enhanced by healthy skin.
Dr. Kalpana founded Kalvera after a life-changing battle with cancer, which sparked her investigation into cancer-causing chemicals in products we rely on daily, starting with her skin.
She found that products from well-known brands were full of chemicals linked to cancer, and that most main stream brands are not transparent about their ingredients, or who is really behind their companies.
Kalvera is built on a foundation of transparency and empowerment to help people be confident in their own skin.
S. Slade Sundar
Co-Founder & COO
Slade is a seasoned startup entrepreneur and an advocate for under-represented entrepreneurs (Women, People of Color, and LGBTQ+).
Slade, like his sister, is a cancer survivor who is fed up of well-known brands that are not transparent about their ingredients or their founders.
Slade is passionate about people being confident in their own skin and defining their own beauty in life. Through Kalvera, he is working to shift the beauty industry's focus to skin health and mental well being.
Prior to co-founding Kalvera, Slade spent 20+ years in startup leadership roles in Marketing, HR, Operations, Strategy, Sales, Software, and Product Development.
Slade spends his free time giving back to the community by mentoring under-represented startup founders in Portland, Oregon, where he resides.