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Founder's Formula - CALM Tasmanian Mountain Pepper Berry Serum

Founder's Formula - CALM Tasmanian Mountain Pepper Berry Serum

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CALM Tasmanian Mountain Pepper Berry Serum calms and protects the skin when skin cortisol levels are elevated due to extended periods in air-conditioning, emotional stress, or long days and long nights. 

We recommend using before skin becomes irritated if possible. Award-Winning CALM is the ideal serum primer to apply before your make-up for a big event.



  • Improves skin comfort
  • Reduces appearance of redness
  • Reduces the potential for inflammation and micro-inflammation
  • Prevents future dark spots and pigmentation
  • Reduces the appearance of dark circles under the eyes
  • Hydrates


Inflammation starts deep in the skin layer and may not come to the surface until days later. New research is pointing to low-grade inflammation as a major cause of aging and pigmentation. Unlike acute inflammation, which can be painful and discomforting, the chronic inflammation involved in aging is painless and undetectable. 


Founder's Formula CALM uses Tasmanian Mountain Pepper Berry (Tasmannia lanceolata) to instantly reduce the experience of skin irritability and reduce the potential for the appearance of skin redness.

The longer-term benefit of this is that by calming the skin, CALM helps prevent future spots and pigmentation before they begin.


Tasmanian Mountain Pepper Berry has multiple benefits:

  • contains a powerful active ingredient called polygodial which decreases pro-inflammatory cytokines. 
  • contains anthocyanins, (this is what gives the fruit its reddish colour), which are free radical scavengers that protect cells from oxidative damage.
  • has antioxidant power three times greater than blueberries.
  • also contains rutin, an anti-inflammatory mediator known to strengthen capillaries and reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.


This concentrated serum prevents the scratchy, dry way skin can feel after spending a stressful long day in a very dry office or hospital. It is also a great serum to calm potentially irritated skin and to reduce the appearance of skin redness.

Longer term, Tasmanian Mountain Pepper Berry also stimulates collagen production, assists repair of barrier function, and increases hydration.

The Tasmanian Pepper Berry is also rich in essential minerals magnesium and zinc. Magnesium is known to stimulate cell regeneration, increase energy production and acts as an anti‐stress agent. Zinc helps to repair cell damage, decrease rash and alleviate inflammation associated with acne.  

CALM formula is also fortified with naturally-derived Gluconolactone - a mild PHA (polyhydroxy-acid) that reduces moisture loss while softening dead cells to mildly exfoliate and improve transport of actives to where they are needed. Gluconolactone also fights glycation, the natural chemical process that weakens skin’s collagen and elastin, and is rich in antioxidants that stimulate epidermal growth and repair, meaning that with continued use skin will appear more plump and less wrinkled.



SILVER WINNER – ‘Best Calming Serum’
Best Clean™ 2021

Organic Beauty Award Winner

BRONZE WINNER - ‘Best Serum’
USA Global Makeup Awards 2021

SILVER WINNER – ‘Best Natural Product’
USA Global Makeup Awards 2022


Clean Beauty Awards 2022



Aloe barbadensis Leaf Extract*, Tasmannia lanceolata (Tasmanian Mountain Pepper Berry) Berry/Fruit Extract*, Glycerin, Aqua, Propanediol (made from corn), Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hyaluronate (High Molecular Weight)#, Sodium Benzoate, Gluconolactone.

*Denotes Organic. 

#Recent research points to Low Weight Hyaluronic Acid being irritating for those with rosacea. CALM contains High Molecular Weight only.


Founder's Formula CALM Serum contains a concentrated dose of extract from the Tasmanian Pepper Berry fruit which is native to the cool temperate forest of south eastern Australia and Tasmania.

In-vitro tests show a reduction of the inflammatory marker IL-8 by 59%.

pH 5.5


Apply 1-2 drops to a cleansed, damp face, before work or travel or any anticipated major skin stress event. Use at night after a stressful day. Use to calm skin at any time it feels irritated.

If you are applying the serum without first cleansing, then spritz the skin with a toner or mister first before applying.

Apply before moisturiser and/or oils.


If desired, partner with Founder’s Formula Australian Botanicals Nourishing Facial Oils for very dehydrated or mature skin; and/or with Founder’s Formula Wild-Harvested Kakadu Plum Vitamin C Serumfor sun damaged or very pigmented or wrinkled skin.

For best results apply in the following order:  serums, then moisturiser, then oils. If you are using more than one serum in your routine, it is fine to mix the serums before applying. 

We recommend the Founder's Formula adapted 7- Skin Method.

Suitable for All Ethnicities and Skin Types.

Fragrance-Free. Vegan. Never Tested on Animals.

The efficacy of our CALM serum active ingredients are independently verified by university studies. In a clinical trial Tasmanian Mountain Pepper Berry produced immediate itching reduction in male volunteers with reactive and sensitive skin problems. The itching sensations were significantly reduced by 79% after only 5 minutes.


Storage: To extend the life of your Founder's Formula natural oils and serums, store in a cool, dry, dark place.

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