Himalayan Salt Lamp

How to Tell if your Himalayan Salt is Real?

Himalayan Salt Lamps are incredibly popular for a reason. Ever since their long list of health benefits were realized, the rock salt lamps have been a must-have item. But it can be confusing to know where to buy Himalayan salt lamps that are real, natural, and sustainable. Fake Himalayan salt lamps do exist, and it is important to know how to spot fake Himalayan salt vs the real true alternative. 

There is only one way to make a real Himalayan Salt Lamp, and that is to use real rock salt that is sustainably sourced from the Himalayan mountain range of North Pakistan. Once the natural salt is harvested, the salt lamps are handcrafted. Your seller will likely disclose where the salt from your lamp has come from so if it’s not from Pakistan, it is likely fake. However, it is easy to lie about the salt’s origins. 

A real deal pink salt Himalayan Salt Lamp that is authentic will offer you a range of health benefits including air purification and a mentally calming warm glow to your room while a fake Himalayan salt lamp is simply just pretty to look at… and sometimes not even that! Sometimes, the fake ones are actually even dangerous so it is absolutely vital to know how to spot fake Himalayan salt lamps and how to tell if your Himalayan salt lamp is real. 

How To Spot A Fake Himalayan Salt Lamp

It’s completely red, pure pink, or another color. 

Authentic Himalayan Salt Lamps are usually a shade between orange and pink. This varies across the lamp as the salt is naturally mined and is not processed. There is a certain element of natural earthiness to the lamps which means they will never be a singular bright color and certainly should not have a plastic-like shine to them. 

It’s very light, despite its size. 

Long story short, your salt lamp should be heavy as salt is a heavy mineral. If you feel that you can pick up your lamp far too easily for its size, it is likely fake.

It was cheap

If the deal is too good to be true, it probably is. Himalayan salt lamps are not cheap because they are authentically sourced. Be especially wary of ‘good’ deals on sites like Amazon and eBay.  

The light is extremely bright 

Your true Himalayan salt lamp should have give off a warm glow, not a bright light. Your Pink Himalayan Salt Lamp’s light should be slightly dim and uneven. To test this, rotate your salt lamp slowly to see if the patterns of light change in your room. If it’s evenly bright the whole way round, your lamp is likely fake. 

It’s too durable 

Yep, you read that right. There is such a thing as too durable! Salt lamps are delicate and fragile and must be handled with care. Considering they are made of crystals, even a minor fall could completely shatter them. An authentic Himalayan salt lamp is actually so fragile that you should expect to find it slightly chipped when unboxing it. On the contrary, a fake salt lamp will be borderline unbreakable as it is likely made out of plastic, not salt crystals.

The lamp doesn’t sweat

If your lamp is the real deal, you would have noticed it gets a little bit sweaty when it’s been on for a while. That’s because real salt lamps are hygroscopic which means they attract water molecules. When these molecules warm up from the lamp’s light, they release into the air to attract negative ions which causes the lamp to look like it’s sweating. If your lamp isn’t sweating, it’s fake. 

Your environment hasn’t changed 

If you have purchased the right-sized salt lamp for your room you will notice cleaner, less humid air within 2 weeks. However, this does not always happen in a way that is obvious so you should consider the other points on this list before determining whether your lamp is fake or not. 

Your product isn’t presentable 

Real Salt Lamp merchants are very careful with the presentation of their product. This is because they know that a lot of care went into creating an Authentic salt lamp. If your product looks a bit off; the salt isn’t attached to your lamp properly or the packaging is buckled or poorly presented then it’s likely your salt lamp is one of many mass-produced fakes. 

The seller offers no customer service 

This includes allowing returns. Reputable sellers offer transparent customer support and don’t have any ‘catches’ when purchasing the lamps. This is especially important because of how delicate the salt lamp is. 

If in doubt you can always: 

Chip it. Pink Himalayan Salt Lamps are fragile. If it chips easily, you’re looking good.
Rotate it. If the light is uneven, you’ve got a winner.
Lick it. Your salt lamp should taste like salt, give it a lick if you’re really unsure.