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Olfinity and iHome Add Smarts to Aromatherapy

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Something smells at the Javits Center—but in a good way. Traditional aromatherapy, like candles and incense, can be messy with powders, smoke, and melted wax. But at CE Week, we got a chance to look at how technology is bringing an ancient practice into the future.

First up is the eye-catching Olfinity. Instead of a single diffuser, the Olfinity consists of three products: an air quality monitor, air purifier, and dry essential oil diffuser. All three are aesthetically pleasing devices featuring a sleek gold-and-white color scheme. The devices are intended to work in tandem to reduce asthma, chronic inflammation, stress, and sleep deprivation.

Using an app, you can scan your home for particulate matter and “volatile organic compounds” caused by activities like cooking, painting, and pets. The air purifier then reportedly will filter the air back to a safer level while the diffuser helps you relax. The system can also be controlled via Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and the Apple HomePod.

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The system uses dry beads that feature a blend of essential oils blended in Provence, France. We got to take a whiff of all three blends, aptly titled Energy Boost and Sleep Serenity. Overall, all three were quite pleasant and not terribly overpowering. And as an added plus, Olfinity told me that replacement capsules will cost a mere $ 10.

But speaking of price, the entire system is expected to retail in time for the holidays at a hefty $ 1,890, though you can currently pre-order the system for a slightly discounted $ 1,490. That’s slightly disappointing when you consider the system is only rated for 400 square feet.

That being said, we did get a look at more affordable smart aromatherapy options at CE Week. iHome displayed the Zenergy Aroma, a connected aromatherapy lamp and speaker. The device lets you choose between seven different full-color light therapy modes intended to lift your mood. It also features a sleep timer to help you get ready for bed at night. In addition to light, you can also choose between six different sound modes: Zen, Dream Tones, Storm, Ocean, Nature, and White Noise. While it was a tad noisy at the Javits Center, the noises were overall quite calming.

iHome Zenergy Aroma

The neat thing about the Zenergy Aroma is it includes a small drawer where you can insert a small pad for essential oils. That eliminates the water or heat needed in regular diffusers. The device comes with a 5ml sample bottle of lavender oil, but you’re free to experiment with whatever oils you like or happen to have on hand.

The Zenergy Aroma is currently available for $ 99.99.

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