Center “washer” in Young Living essential oil diffuser: 2,282 ppm Lead when tested with an XRF instrument.

Center "washer" in Young Living essential oil diffuser: 2,282 ppm Lead when tested with an XRF instrument.

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.

Center "washer" in Young Living essential oil diffuser: 2,282 ppm Lead when tested with an XRF instrument.

Arrows point to the “washer” component that tested positive for Lead.

Continue reading below for more information.

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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.

To see the other essential oil diffusers I have tested, click here.

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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Center "washer" in Young Living essential oil diffuser: 2,282 ppm Lead when tested with an XRF instrument.

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

Continue reading below image.Center "washer" in Young Living essential oil diffuser: 2,282 ppm Lead when tested with an XRF instrument.

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:

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for reading and for sharing my posts.

Tamara Rubin

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):

Center "washer" in Young Living essential oil diffuser: 2,282 ppm Lead when tested with an XRF instrument. Center "washer" in Young Living essential oil diffuser: 2,282 ppm Lead when tested with an XRF instrument. Center "washer" in Young Living essential oil diffuser: 2,282 ppm Lead when tested with an XRF instrument.

33 Responses to Center “washer” in Young Living essential oil diffuser: 2,282 ppm Lead when tested with an XRF instrument.

  1. V December 30, 2018 at 7:43 am #

    This diffuser looks used. Are you sure there aren’t trace amounts of lead in the water that was used to fill it?

  2. Jess December 30, 2018 at 12:13 pm #

    Why don’t you just send the results to the company? Why the big effort to create the smear?

    • Tamara December 30, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

      The results have been shared with the company by many of my readers. There is no effort to smear anyone if you read the post, you can see that.

      • Laurie December 30, 2018 at 1:26 pm #

        I think you are just trying to frighten a whole lot of people that use & love Young Living products…my question to you is…have you had a prior conflict of interest with them so you won’t personally send the testing to them, OR, is there a chance your testing skewed just a bit & YL can prove you wrong?

        • Tamara December 30, 2018 at 1:48 pm #

          Hi Laurie,

          This is the testing. There is no other testing. This is what I do (create blog posts with test results). The testing is science based and replicable and cannot be proved wrong. My readers then help me share these results with the companies. Have you shared the results with them? If not, why not? If so – thank you! I don’t think the test results are frightening at all if you just read the whole post. The results are fairly straight forward and my assessment is pretty low-key and not concerning.


        • Skye December 30, 2018 at 4:18 pm #

          Laurie, Tamara posts results – they are objective and not designed to frighten anyone away from anything, but to inform people of facts so they can make informed choices. Don’t you want to know if a product you use is contaminated with lead? Whether that’s your diffuser, your mug, or your Christmas lights? Tamara’s results are impersonal, although it may feel personal to you if you like Young Living (or any other company of any product she posts about). But try and remember there is a much greater purpose at work here than the reputation of any one company. The health of our children – and ourselves.

          • Tamara December 30, 2018 at 4:39 pm #


          • Jeannie December 30, 2018 at 6:50 pm #

            So true…and why use lead when you can use unleaded

    • Stormy January 1, 2019 at 6:24 am #

      Why is it smear? Do you sell living young? Is that why you are defending them? The company has to know!

  3. Julia December 30, 2018 at 2:07 pm #

    Tamara, Have you tested the Dr. Mercola essential oil diffuser? I am not sure who makes his diffuser, but I bought it for my daughter in college. Ever since the lead was found in the Xtrema products sold by both Xtrema and Dr. Mercola, I have wondered about this. Also. have you tested the Ovenex bakeware products sold by Xtrema? I have spent a lot of money on these products, but do not want to use them due to the possibility of lead…

    • Tamara December 30, 2018 at 2:14 pm #

      Sorry – I have not tested either of these.

  4. Truth December 30, 2018 at 10:05 pm #

    Where did you obtain the diffusers from? Directly from the companies?? Or Amazon? Or a 3rd party?

  5. Justyna Micka December 30, 2018 at 11:22 pm #

    This is a very interesting. I have different model but I assume it is simillar. If you find any diffuser with better components let us know. This is also first info about YL which is totaly objective. Majority of times these are ugly posts of people who use doterra who doesnt even know that people who do doterra worked previously for Young Living lol i see no reason ever to promote one by cost of another without any knowledge. This is helpful information. Thank you so much!

  6. KB December 31, 2018 at 5:41 am #

    Great question! Inquiring minds want to know 🙂

    • Tamara December 31, 2018 at 10:30 am #

      Hi KB – I just added a link above. Thank you!

  7. Anita De la cruz December 31, 2018 at 5:55 am #

    Why are so many people attacking this person’s post. It wouls seem that the negative attacks imply that one makes money from this particular company. Personally, i apreciate the fyi.

    • Tamara December 31, 2018 at 10:23 am #

      Hi Anita,

      Thank you so much for defending my advocacy work, I truly appreciate it! This is all a bit overwhelming – I had no idea that this post (and this information) would go wild in this way. It is very exciting because it means tens of thousands of people are newly awakening to the potential concern for lead exposure in their consumer goods. When it is consumer goods they use every day (like dishes or diffusers) it really starts people thinking about the bigger concern (the potential for lead in the dust in their homes.)

      Thank you again,


    • Skye December 31, 2018 at 10:44 am #

      I had the same thought, Anita. The defensiveness of some of the comments definitely implies a personal relationship to the company, and likely one of financial benefit. It’s a sad aspect of our current state of consciousness that many humans reflexively put their own gain above the truth, or even just an OPENNESS to the truth. I’m so grateful to you, Tamara, for the important work you do in bringing the truth to all who have the willingness to see.

      • Tamara December 31, 2018 at 11:20 am #

        Thank you, Skye!

        – T

  8. Rhonda canterberry December 31, 2018 at 9:07 am #

    Have you tested the one from The Melaleuca Company? Thanks for what you are doing.

    • Tamara December 31, 2018 at 10:17 am #

      Not yet, but a friend is sending me one to test. Thanks for being here and for reading my posts Rhonda!


  9. Krystal December 31, 2018 at 10:25 am #

    Warning***** please put the right information before you make false accusations. The diffuser was from Doterra NOT YOUNG LIVING. . The person posting realized it and took it down but now it is already on the internet forever.

  10. John December 31, 2018 at 11:56 am #

    Antimony will be found in almost any electrical cord coated with PVC. Antimony is the main flame retardant used in any PVC product.

    • Tamara December 31, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

      Hi John,

      Yes, that’s true. However the USB powered or battery powered diffusers do not appear to have Antimony (or they have Antimony at much lower levels.)


  11. Kelli December 31, 2018 at 4:35 pm #

    Have you tested a brand new diffuser by YL? So that the results would not possibly be skewed by the minerals in the water for diffusing? I have this diffuser and have been using it for 3 years. I am concerned about using it further.

  12. Ami January 2, 2019 at 6:08 am #

    Hi Tamara, I’d like to know how are we affected by led in something like this product? We’re not directly using it so how are we exposed to led in this case. Thanks!

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