Originally posted on Facebook in February of 2018
When tested with a high-precision XRF instrument, the center metal circular washer piece in this doTerra diffuser (pictured here), was found to be positive for 3,613 ppm Lead.
All test results that I report on this blog are accurate and replicable when using a high-precision XRF instrument designed for testing consumer goods. (Here’s more information about the specific instrument I use.)
All other components of the diffuser pictured were “non-detect” for Lead.
Question: Is this a problem? Does this mean there is trace Lead in the oils being diffused by this device?
Answer: This was likely an oversight by the company [it is highly likely no one with the company (or independently) has done testing to determine if this sort of application is in any way safe or unsafe from a Lead perspective; sorry I don’t have a better answer for that question!] However I do think this would be a very easy thing for the manufacturer to improve upon (just by simply replacing the Leaded washer with a Lead-free one — perhaps stainless steel?)
Note: while this is not a CPSC violation — nor any other kind of current product safety violation, that I am aware of — personally, I would prefer, as a matter of principle, that things that were designed and marketed specifically with the intention of imparting health benefits be completely Lead-free (and free of other toxicants, as well).
If you are connected with doTerra, please share this with them. They seem like a responsible company that just might respond positively to this information, and find an unleaded replacement component to use instead.
To see a list of more things I have tested click here: https://tamararubin.com/2018/01/index/
As always, please let me know if you have any questions.
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Additional pictures of the exact diffuser tested shown below: