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7 Certain Signs Your Himalayan Salt Lamp Is A Fake

Over the past decade, pink Himalayan salt lamps have become wildly popular.

Unfortunately, it’s hard to know if you have a fake salt lamp. And it’s no surprise why, the potential claimed benefits of bringing a Himalayan salt lamp into your home or personal office are numerous, including:

  • Reducing nausea and headaches
  • Reducing stress
  • Increasing energy and improving mood
  • Improving sleep
  • Reducing allergies and symptoms of asthma
  • Cleansing the air
  • Reducing radiation and airborne infections
  • And it treats seasonal affective disorder

It’s now become almost impossible to walk into a home furnishings store and not see at least one Himalayan salt lamp.

But whether or not they’re real is a whole different story.

As often is the case when something becomes popular, many have attempted to create a copycat version of the authentic Himalayan salt lamp simply for profit sake.

But how on do you differentiate a fake salt lamp from the real thing? What makes an authentic Himalayan salt lamp, well, authentic? Let’s talk about it.

How To Know if you have a Real or Fake Salt Lamp

There are 7 possible signs to look for both before purchasing your real salt lamp and afterward if you’ve already purchased it (or are looking at it in-store):

7 Signs Your Himalayan Salt Lamp Is A Fake Reason 11. White or red Himalayan salt lamp?

I hate to break it to you, but that’s a good sign it’s fake.

To be clear, there are white and red Himalayan salt lamps.

Himalayan salt comes in a variety of different colors depending on the vein, so it’s possible to get a Himalayan salt lamp in several different colors However, they’re especially rare and difficult to come across.

So, as you might expect, they’re also very expensive. How expensive? A white or red Himalayan salt lamp can run you several times as much as a pink one simply due to their rarity, so you if you didn’t pay a substantial price for your white or red lamp– it’s probably fake.

How to test if your Himalayan salt lamp is fake:

How much did you buy your red or white salt lamp for? A pink Himalayan salt lamp is generally  $50-60 max while a real red or white Himalayan salt lamp would easily cost upwards of $100.

If you bought your red or white lamp for less than that, that’s one sign your lamp is likely fake.

7 Signs Your Himalayan Salt Lamp Is A Fake Reason 22. Does your lamp light the room brightly?

Authentic Himalayan salt lamps don’t shine like the household light bulbs you’re used to. Specifically, they emit a very soft (and very pleasing) warm glow which won’t fully illuminate your average room.

If your Himalayan salt lamp lights up an entire room brightly, that’s one sign that it’s fake.

However, in addition, the way your lamp gives off light is also something to watch out for. Especially the bigger it is, a real Himalayan salt lamp will not emit light evenly. That’s because the rock itself isn’t a perfectly even shape and thickness on all sides where the light is shining through.

How to test if your Himalayan salt lamp is fake:

Ask yourself these two questions:

Does your salt lamp light up an entire room with a bright light?

And does it emit light evenly like a traditional light bulb or unevenly? Turn your lamp around 360 degrees while it’s on max setting (in case it has a dimmer) to see if light placement shifts as you turn it.

7 Signs Your Himalayan Salt Lamp Is A Fake Reason 33. If you haven’t noticed your lamp sweat, it’s probably fake

Himalayan salt lamps are hygroscopic, meaning they attract water molecules to themselves. The benefit of a Himalayan salt lamp comes when this process is combined with the heat of the lamp, which then dries out the lamp and releases the molecules back into the air.

This is awesome because the various pollutants within the water molecules are then left on the lamp, meaning your Himalayan salt lamp is constantly purifying the air of things like bacteria and mold.

How do you know if this process is taking place? During certain stages, your Himalayan salt lamp should “sweat”. This means the surface of the salt lamp should be wet from the hygroscopic process. This usually happens in more humid environments. Salt is a hygroscopic mineral.

How to test if your Himalayan salt lamp is fake:

Our lives are busy enough, so it’s understandable if you’ve never noticed whether your salt lamp sweats or not. However, good news– there’s an easy way to test it.

Take a dry cloth and wipe it gently over the surface of your salt lamp. If you notice it become even slightly damp then that’s the process taking place.

If not? That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s fake as your salt lamp will go through stages. But if you test it out a few times over the next month and still don’t notice any sign of sweating? I hate to break it to you, but it’s probably fake.

7 Signs Your Himalayan Salt Lamp Is A Fake Reason 44. Your salt lamp is unbreakable

Ever hold a piece of rock salt in your hand? If you have, you know that they’re not like your average rock.

Salt is relatively fragile, so an authentic Himalayan salt lamp is also pretty fragile as well. If you even so much as bump it into something a chunk of your salt lamp can chip off.

So, if you’ve ever bumped your salt lamp into something pretty hard or dropped it onto the floor and it didn’t so much as chip even slightly– your lamp is probably fake.

How to test if your Himalayan salt lamp is fake:

How severely you choose to test this out is up to you, but the last thing we want to advise is you purposely chipping your salt lamp which may, in fact, be authentic.

Our advice? Try some of the other methods for testing whether your lamp is fake or not. If it passes all of these it’s almost surely authentic.

However, if you still question its authenticity because you’ve dropped it previously and it didn’t chip, then you might want to take extreme measures and use something like a pick or butter knife to chip a small edge of the lamp off.

If a good amount of force can’t even chip a small piece off, it’s likely fake.

7 Signs Your Himalayan Salt Lamp Is A Fake Reason 55. If you don’t notice any of the benefits, it’s questionable

This one is a bit harder to gauge as there’s nothing really tangible to see or notice, but if you’ve had a Himalayan salt lamp for some time, you should have noticed a few distinct changes as a result of having your lamp that will be unmistakable.

Some things some of our customers notice as a result of having your lamp on regularly:

  • Cleaner air
  • Reduced allergens and asthma symptoms
  • Better sleep
  • Less stress and increased energy

Though it has yet to be proven. If you haven’t noticed any of these benefits after having your lamp for some time, it’s ok. Some people experience it and some don’t. It could be fake or not, it’s questionable.

How to test if your Himalayan salt lamp is fake:

This one is, obviously, difficult to test. However, a Himalayan salt lamp’s purported ability to cleanse the air of allergens and reduce asthma symptoms can be tracked relatively well during the right seasons.

If you have allergies, during the Summer test out 1-2 weeks with your lamp off and then 1-2 weeks with it on.

If you have frequent asthma, during the Winter you can do the same test and see how your asthma is affected by having your lamp off for 1-2 weeks and then on for 1-2 weeks as well.

Who knows if this is even true, but it’s worth a shot

If neither test has noticeable results, and you haven’t noticed any other changes as a result of having your lamp, there is no real way to know.

7 Signs Your Himalayan Salt Lamp Is A Fake Reason 66. No return policy– no good

Now, we’ll get into a few things that go beyond just the lamp itself and on to where you got your lamp in the first place.

First on our list is a good return policy. If the supplier you purchased your Himalayan salt lamp from doesn’t have a good return policy, that’s a bad sign. In fact, if they have no return policy that’s a huge red flag.

Because of the fragile nature of Himalayan salt, a good return policy is important to cover any potential damage both in transit during shipping and after once it’s been delivered and placed wherever you’ve decided to keep it.

If the supplier you’re considering buying from– or have already bought from– doesn’t have a full 30-day return policy, there’s a good chance their salt lamps are fake (and they know it).

How to test if your Himalayan salt lamp is fake:

Visit the website of the supplier you purchased from, or are considering purchasing from, and check to see if they have a return policy.

What are the terms? Does it cover all potential accidental damage over a 30-day period? If not, there’s a high likelihood their “Himalayan salt lamps” aren’t Himalayan salt lamps at all.

And if they are authentic but just don’t offer a return policy? In either case, that’s not a supplier you want to purchase from.

7 Signs Your Himalayan Salt Lamp Is A Fake Reason 77. The country of origin isn’t Pakistan

In addition to a good return policy, the country of origin is another potential red flag. However, this is even more important.

Himalayan pink salt is mined from the Khewra Salt Mine in Khewra, Pakistan, which is situated in the foothills of the Salt Range system in the Punjab province of the Indo-Gangetic Plain. I know, what a mouthful.

Why is this important? The salt within authentic Himalayan salt lamps comes from this salt mine and only this salt mine.

That means if your Himalayan salt lamp’s origin is anywhere other than the Khewra Salt Mine in Khewra, Pakistan– it’s fake. Period.

How to test if your Himalayan salt lamp is fake:

You need to find out the country of origin for your salt lamp. So, first, start by checking underneath your lamp and see if the country of origin is listed. It doesn’t have to be, but it’s the first place you should look.

Next, if the country of origin isn’t listed there then visit your supplier’s website and check to see if they list anywhere. If nothing else, it should be listed here.

If you purchased an authentic Himalayan salt lamp, your supplier is very likely to promote this as it’s a big selling point (you’ll notice we mention it everywhere). If it isn’t, the opposite is true and they likely won’t mention the country of origin anywhere.

One last possibility, though, is that they lie and list the country of origin when in reality the actual product is a fake. This is unfortunate, however, all you need to do here is conduct any of the preceding tests we mentioned to test the lamp itself.

Get the real deal– accept nothing less than authentic Himalayan salt

There are a lot of bad copycats out there just trying to capitalize on the rising popularity of Himalayan salt lamps, but they’re not the real deal.

It’s important to make sure you’re getting an authentic Himalayan salt lamp. If not, all you’re buying is an imitation pink rock that emits some light but doesn’t offer virtually any of the incredible benefits of an authentic Himalayan salt lamp.

At Origin Salt we take this very seriously. Our Himalayan pink salt comes straight from the Khewra salt mine in Pakistan and you can immediately tell the difference when you receive your salt lamp vs. copycats.

And because our Himalayan pink salt is authentic, we’re so confident you’ll love your lamp (and anything else you purchase) that we offer both a 30-day return policy and 100% satisfaction guarantee. Good to know we don’t sell fake salt lamps :).

To learn more about our authentic pink Himalayan salt lamps and to purchase one for your home, office, or anywhere else click here. 

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