About sensiLight Mini by Sensica
If you’re sick of shadowy stubble the day after shaving and aren’t quite masochistic enough for regular waxes, Sensica’s at-home hair removal device, sensiLight Mini, promises to be your perfect solution for permanently smooth skin.
SensiLight Mini is an FDA-cleared at-home hair removal laser that’s designed to provide pain-free, professional, permanent results. However, even at-home hair removal is a delicate science—and not all technology is made equal. Here’s what you need to know before entering your credit card details:
Why Choose sensiLight Mini To Get Smooth
From shaving and waxing to plucking and threading, there’s plenty of options to remove your unwanted hair. So, why would you consider sensiLight Mini?
If you’re interested in permanent hair removal, sensiLight promises to save you money—in the long run. The one-time cost (we’ll get to pricing soon) might be steep, but it’s likely less than you’ll spend over a lifetime of waxing.
Another benefit is that sensiLight Mini bulb delivers 50,000 flashes over its lifetime. Sensica claims that this means you’ll never have to buy a replacement head, which means the device really is a one-time-only cost. In comparison, this Remington SPIP bulb needs to be replaced every 1,500 flashes and costs around $24.99.
Do you wince at the thought of being waxed? SensiLight Mini claims to be pain-free. However, in our experience, customers reviewing other IPL hair removal devices to state that there’s a slight sting.
Finally, Sensica claims that areas made fuzz-free with sensiLight Mini won’t experience dark stubble or shadows, which could be a big bonus for anyone who struggles with visible regrowth.
How sensiLight Mini Works
SensiLight is an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) hair removal device. Like laser hair removal, IPL devices produce energy in the form of light that is absorbed by the dark pigment of your hair. (That’s why those with darker skin colors need to careful.)
Unlike lasers, IPL uses a broad spectrum of high-intensity light, which is emitted at multiple wavelengths, whereas lasers emit a single, focused and precise wavelength that's optimized for maximum follicle absorption. It’s important to understand the distinction, as lasers offer better overall results, but need to be wielded by a professional.
The light, which is essentially heat, emitted by sensiLight Mini damages the hair follicle, stunting its growth and ultimately leading to permanent hair reduction.
Reduction is a key term. SensiLight may destroy your hair follicles, but only a certain percentage of hairs are attached to the follicle at any given time, as a part of your hair’s natural growth cycle. Because only hairs in active (growing) phases will be affected by sensiLight, be prepared to perform at least six to eight treatments on any given body part before seeing seriously smooth results.
Intense Pulsed Light vs. Reactive Pulsed Light
Sensica claims that sensiLight Mini takes IPL technology a step further, with Reactive Pulsed Light (RPL). Supposedly, RPL means that sensiLight’s lasers are continually reacting to your skin’s unique pigment—we assume that they’re attempting to imply that their device is safer than other IPL devices and that it offers something unique.
However, according to this (failed) application to trademark the term RPL, there’s no difference between Sensica’s RPL and standard IPL technologies.
Further, at-home IPL hair removal devices are tightly regulated for your safety. While some devices do have sensors that do a better job at detecting hair with minimal contrast against the skin, it’s a bit of marketing hype on Sensica’s end to suggest that they’re the only device with a safety sensor.
Sensica’s sensiLight Mini Pricing & Refund Policy
If you’re interested in purchasing sensiLight Mini, you can choose to try the device for 60-days by paying $14.95.
This option includes free shipping and a free post-treatment lotion. If you’re unsatisfied with sensiLight Mini, you can choose to either return the device, or be charged three payments of $49.99. This means your total cost is $164.92.
To return sensiLight Mini within the 60-day period, call Sensica’s customer service at (855) 736-7422 for further instructions.
Alternatively, you can choose to purchase sensiLight Mini outright by making a single payment of $149.99. This option also includes free shipping and a free jar of post-treatment lotion.
Sensica is also covered by a two-year warranty. However, we were unable to find the details of whether your purchase would be refunded, or just replaced, when searching Sensica’s Terms and Conditions.
Where sensiLight Mini Starts To Fall Short
SensiLight Mini is less expensive than other IPL hair removal devices, like the Tria Laser 4X, which starts at $299. That being said, the device still costs a pretty penny and those who are considering the purchase with complete hair removal in mind may be disappointed.
That’s because at-home hair removal devices aren’t as effective as in-office treatments—despite what Sensica claims, those using sensiLight Mini are likely to still experience slight regrowth and require ongoing treatments.
Another note: Most IPL devices can be used to treat hair almost anywhere. However, Sensica doesn’t specify if sensiLight Mini is safe to use on your face—which might be a deal breaker for those battling upper-lip peach fuzz.
Having to re-treat an area might not be the end of the world. However, that Sensica fails to adequately explain how long treatments take, whether there are any limitations on where the sensiLight Mini can be used, or even if those with darker complexions can do so at all might be a red flag.
Is sensiLight Mini Right For You?
Because Sensica falls short of describing the treatment process, shoppers are left unaware that using sensiLight Mini is likely a serious time commitment. While we were unable to locate any unsponsored reviews of this device detailing results, it’s our experience that those who are happiest with IPL hair removal have dedicated 30+ minutes per body area, 2-3 times a week for up to one year.
So, if having reduced hair growth is worth potentially standing, sitting, and squatting for multiple hours while slowly grazing a device from head to toe, you might be satisfied by the sensiLight Mini. Another plus is that you’d be hard-pressed to find a comparable device at a lower price.
Also, be sure to check out our Buying Guide for Best Hair Removal Options.