Prototypes of the Clarisonic

You know that the Sonicare toothbrush inspired the sonic oscillation technology of the Clarisonic, but do you know how we came up with the system we have today? The first Clarisonic prototype consisted of steel bars to move the skin. Needless to say, that pinched a bit.

After more than 10 prototypes, the motion was perfected. Take a trip back through the first prototypes of the Clarisonic to learn how we created the most preferred facial brush today.

Prototypes A and B: Built from a barber’s razor and stainless steel bars, prototypes A and B were based on the idea that alternating tension and compression of the skin could help loosen blockages in pores. While that worked, it didn’t offer a pleasant cleansing experience.

Prototype C: Next, individual bristle tufts were integrated into the device. The rows of tufts on the brush head moved linearly in opposite directions, producing tension and compression on the skin.

Prototype MK1: Nicknamed “soap-on-a-rope,” this was the first prototype to use an accurate, bi-directional motion. It was also the first prototype to incorporate a resonant torsion spring motor- a concept that went on to be patented and used in the first production models.

Prototype MK2: The first to be battery-powered, rechargeable and somewhat water-resistant, this prototype was also used to develop some of the early cleansing claims. Comments from test subjects about the ergonomics of the handle helped inspire later production models.

Now that you have learned how we arrived at the Clariosnic we use today, tell us in the comments what year we launched the first Clarisonic (known as the Clarisonic Classic today) for a chance to win a Clarisonic Mia in today’s Evolution of Skin Care giveaway!