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In recent years, essential oils have become a large market in the United States and spawned both a number of multi-level marketing (MLM) companies and a host of other imitators. From time to time, Aldi sells both a small range of essential oils as well as a diffuser.
What We Know:
Welby Essential Oils (product code 52483) are an ALDI Find (Special Buy), which means they’re only in stores for a short time. In our experience, these are semi-annual products, meaning that they’re in stores more than once a year. (At the time of this post, they seem to roll around in December and July, but that could change.)
Welby Oils cost $4.99 for a 15-mL essential oil or a 4-ounce sweet almond oil. This is a lot less than what you’d pay to buy them from an MLM, although we’ve seen comparable prices from sellers on Amazon. Aldi sells peppermint, eucalyptus, lavender, tea tree, and, as mentioned before, sweet almond. Aldi claims that the oils are “derived from 100% all-natural plant sources such as flowers, leaves or roots,” and that they are suitable for diffusers, bath, or shower, or for massage or skin oil.
Aldi sells a couple of diffusers under the Welby label, both of them ALDI Finds. The Welby Ultrasonic Diffuser (product code 52363) costs $14.99, while the Welby Cool Mist Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser costs $18.99. Both are considerably less than other diffusers we’ve seen on Amazon. For our purposes today, we’re looking at the $14.99 model, although we’d love to hear thoughts on either of them in the comments.
The Welby Ultrasonic Diffuser appears to be made by Wachsmuth & Krogmann, a company behind a number of Aldi products in the Ambiano, Welby, WORKZONE, and Easy Home lines. The packaging comes with the diffuser as well as a manual.
It has three mist settings — low, medium, or high — and claims to produce a mist for up to 4 hours on high, 6 hours on medium, and 9 hours on low when filled with water. It has 8 LED light color settings and can either display one color or rotate through all of them. It has a 100-mL capacity (and comes with a plastic measuring cup), and you can add a few drops of essential oil to the diffuser for use.
What We Don’t Know:
Probably the biggest question people may have about both products is: who makes them? While we believe we know who makes the diffuser, it’s not clear who makes the oils. Aldi contracts out with other companies for its private label brands, and we assume the oils are made by a company that makes oils under other labels.
Do you have any experience with Welby essential oils or the Welby diffusers? We’d be interested to know your thoughts in the comments.