Frequently Asked Questions
15 May 2011
Absolutely. Our Himalayan salt is 100% Authentic, mined from the superior Khewra Mines in Pakistan. Some companies mine from the plains, or flat lands, farther away from the Himalayan Mountain Range. Our salt is mined from the foothills (or base) of the actual Himalayan Mountains. This is the optimal spot for salt mining.
Both our salt crystal lamps and salt crystal candle holders are made of 100% authentic Himalayan crystal salt. The main difference is that the lamps are illuminated by a 15-watt candelabra-based bulb and the candle holders are illuminated by a tea light. The lamps are better for air ionization, as they have more surface area and are illuminated for longer periods of time due to the fact that they are powered by a bulb.
As long as you do not submerge the crystal in water or expose it to excessive moisture, the crystal will last virtually forever. At times of extreme humidity, the salt may "sweat", but if the lamps are on, then the heat of the bulb will prevent this "sweating" even during humid conditions. With the candle holders, we simply recommend placing a non-paper coaster underneath the crystal if the surface upon which it is placed is sensitive. The lamps do not require this as they come with a wooden base attached.
The lamps come from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains. Each salt crystal lamp is chipped out by hand and a hole is bored in the base for the light.
When the salt crystal rock heats up, it emits negative ions. These ions clean the air by removing dust, pollen, dander, cigarette smoke and bacteria. They also offset the effects of the positive ions produced by computer monitors, TV's and other electrical devices. Negative ions are also produced in nature by thunderstorms, waterfalls and the ocean. That's why we feel refreshed and energized in these environments. The lamps offer this same benefit.
One of my customers had an air ionizing machine in her child's room but she had to turn it off at night because it was too noisy. With the salt lamp, she gets a natural alternative for ionizing which makes no noise and can stay on 24 hours a day. Plus the lamp functions as a nightlight and the child just loves it. It's a common reaction with children. They're captivated by the lamps as soon as they see them. Many people purchase these lamps for their children in college. Most, if not all Universities, do not allow the burning of candles in their dorms and the lamps give that same glow without the flame. Some customers buy lamps to combat cigarette smoke. The lamp's ionizing effect helps remove the smoke smell from rooms in the home by condensing the ash particles in the air.
Once a month, we recommend you unplug the lamp and wipe it down with a damp cloth. This will remove any dust or dirt. Then just plug the lamp back in and the heat will dry it off.
We give our customers the same warning about the lamps that you find on a hairdryer. The lamps are electrical devices and should not be used in baths or near water. When wiping the lamp with a damp cloth, the lamp should always be unplugged first.
The lamps contain 84 different minerals just like the human body. These natural inclusions account for the unique coloring and patterns within each lamp. The apricot colors come from Manganese. The robust red comes from Iron.