When tested with a high-precision XRF instrument, the center metal circular “washer” piece in this Young Living essential oil diffuser (pictured here), was found to be positive for 2,282 ppm Lead.
The electrical cord of this was also positive for a fairly high level of Antimony (Sb), a possible carcinogen often found in modern electrical cords.
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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.) The instrument I use is the same instrument used by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to test for toxicants in consumer goods.
All other components of the diffuser pictured were “non-detect” for Lead.
The full set of XRF readings for each component are posted in detail below.
Question: Is this a problem? Does this mean there is trace Lead in the oils being diffused by this device?
Answer: As noted in my post regarding the doTerra diffuser (which has the same issue), 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 Young Living, please share this with them. Hopefully they will respond positively to this information and find an unleaded replacement component to use instead.
FULL XRF TEST RESULTS for the diffuser pictured:
Note: If a metal is not listed below it was not detected in that component.
White Plastic of Top of Diffuser:
- Iron (Fe): 113 +/- 30 ppm
- no other metals detected
Silver/Gray Plastic of Bottom of Diffuser:
- Barium (Ba): 296 +/- 99 ppm
- Antimony (Sb): 142 +/- 25 ppm
- Bromine (Br): 114 +/- 6 ppm
- Tin (Sn): 139 +/- 18 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 58 +/- 16 ppm
- Nickel (Ni): 16 +/- 10 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 35 +/- 23 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 8,246 +/- 460 ppm
White Electrical Cord of Diffuser:
- Barium (Ba): 222 +/- 81 ppm
- Antimony (Sb): 3,203 +/- 93 ppm
- Bromine (Br): 15 +/- 7 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 1,071 +/- 75 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 180 +/- 56 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 242 +/- 99 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 7,882 +/- 2,298 ppm
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White Plastic “Box” Component of Electrical Cord (see image above):
- Barium (Ba): 1,730 +/- 98 ppm
- Bromine (Br):3,922 +/- 45 ppm
- Tin (Sn): 1,144 +/- 26 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 16 +/- 7 ppm
- Nickel (Ni): 21 +/- 9 ppm
- Bismuth (Bi): 42 +/- 20 ppm
- Titanium (Ti): 8,322 +/- 372 ppm
Metal “Washer” in Center of Diffuser (see image above):
(Test was done for 3 minutes / 180 seconds)
- Lead (Pb): 2,282 +/- 48 ppm
- Chromium (Cr): 904 +/- 34 ppm
- Antimony (Sb): 20 +/- 11 ppm
- Selenium (Se): 373 +/- 16 ppm
- Tin (Sn): 587 +/- 15 ppm
- Zinc (Zn): 12,300 +/- 100 ppm
- Copper (Cu): 39,600 +/- 400 ppm
- Nickel (Ni): 7,846 +/- 77 ppm
- Iron (Fe): 799 +/- 23 ppm
- Bismuth (Bi): 52 +/- 17 ppm
The logo area of the white plastic top component was also tested and the results were similar to those for the unpainted white plastic (no toxicants detected.)
To see a list of more things I have tested click here: http://tamararubin.com/2018/01/index/
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Additional pictures of the exact diffuser tested shown below. These appear to possibly be made by the same manufacturer that makes the diffusers for doTerra (as the interior components of the bottom look nearly exactly the same):