Southern Mom Loves: Why the Soniclear Petite Will Forever Be One of My Travel Essentials

Why the Soniclear Petite Will Forever Be One of My Travel Essentials

Monday, November 2, 2015

I received a Soniclear Petite from Michael Todd in order to facilitate an honest review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

I am a longtime fan of Michael Todd's products in general and their original Soniclear facial brush in particular. I've been using the Soniclear for just about a year now, and I reviewed it here if you'd like to see all of the benefits. It cleared out my pores, and was waterproof, rechargeable, and easy to use; I couldn't have been happier with it.

I do travel occasionally, and I absolutely do take my Soniclear with me. It's rather large and bulky with the base, so when I heard about the Soniclear Petite, I was curious to see if it worked as well as the original and exactly how travel-friendly it is. (Spoilers: It's perfect.)

Just in case you didn't go and read the original review, I'll give you the condensed version here: Facial brushes are good. Soniclear has antimicrobial brush heads, which means they stay cleaner, won't breed bacteria, and last longer. It will clean the gunk out of your pores and gently exfoliate, which will make your skin look it's best! Soniclear = <3.

The Soniclear Petite is brand new and the Tutti Frutty pink is sold exclusively at Ulta stores and online at You can find all of the other colors available online here. I believe the Original brush was around $150 while this one retails for $99. That's a big discount and makes it much more affordable to gift (or to receive) around the holidays. There are a few differences though.

The Soniclear Petite is much smaller and lighter than the original. The base is quite a bit smaller as well, but there is a bigger difference here: The actual charger is magnetic and plugs into a USB port. At first I was dismayed to see this, but after thinking for a minute about the pros and cons while traveling, I think this was the perfect choice for a travel brush, especially while traveling abroad. No need to buy extra power adapter plugs, just pop it into your laptop's USB port to charge.

Bonus travel tip: Newer TVs usually have a few USB ports on them as well, so if you're traveling in the US or internationally you can charge your Soniclear Petite (and more) via the TV! BOOM.

The red end of the charger snaps into place magnetically. I wondered how hard it would be to hit just the right spot (I tried for accidentally-on-purpose.) The magnet is pretty powerful and it hits exactly where it needs to be, so it's impossible to stick it anywhere it won't work.

You can thread the end of the charger through the base if you want to give it a home, or if you need the room in your luggage, you can skip the base altogether (just remember to put the brush cap back on before you set it down! Hotel room germs are the worst germs...except for airplane germs.)

Bonus travel tip: Carry a travel-size packet of Clorox or Lysol wipes in your checked luggage for hotel wipe-downs in addition to a travel-sized antibacterial gel in your carry-on for airplane use. The ones at Bath & Body Works smell amazing. You're welcome. ;)

The facial brush head is the same size as the Original so you get the same cleaning area and the heads are interchangeable. So if you have the Original and bought an extra head for it, you can use it with the Petite. Or if you have the body brush, you can use that on the Petite as well, but without the body brush settings of the Original. It also comes with a protective cap with vent holes for drying.

It has the same auto settings as the Original too: 3 adjustable speeds and a built-in timer that beeps every 20 seconds to remind you to move to another area. It is also completely waterproof so you can take it right in the shower with you.

The smaller size and lighter weight make it an easier fit in my hand, but I do miss the rubber grips on the sides just because I'm a wee bit clumsy, and soaping up makes everything slippery.

Overall, the Soniclear Petite is a solid, more affordable offering from Michael Todd perfect for the frequent traveler, or even for a teen/tween or a college student. A+

You can find the Soniclear Petite at Ulta stores and online here.

Do you use a facial cleaning brush? Which is your favorite? Are you a frequent traveler? I love to hear your comments!

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