How to Differentiate Real Himalayan Salt Lamps from Fake Ones

19 Sep 2018

There are some common misconceptions when it comes to confirming the authenticity of Himalayan Salt Lamps. To help you differentiate between real and fake ones, here are a few of those myths - and the verdict on whether there's any truth to them.

Myth #1: White Salt Lamps Are Fake

Himalayan Salt Lamps are known for their distinctive warm glow, which leads many people to believe that those that emit lighter colors are fakes. This initial assumption seems logical, as genuine Himalayan Salt Lamps are, more often than not, darker in color.

However, just because a Himalayan Salt Lamp is white doesn't necessarily always mean it's lying about its identity. Some Himalayan salt can naturally occur in lighter hues. This is because the salt forms in multiple vein layers in the earth and these veins vary in color. Some veins are simply naturally lighter than others.

Final verdict: Sometimes true, but not always

Himalayan saltGenuine materials are a key indicator of whether or not a Himalayan Salt Lamp is real.

Myth #2: Himalayan Salt Lamps Should Sweat

Himalayan Salt Lamps cleanse the home by emitting negative ions into the air which bond with positive ions, thereby neutralizing pollutants - which are typically positively charged. During this process they also absorb some moisture. This process sometimes causes excess moisture to build up on the lamp's surface. Having said that, sweating is not a reliable gauge of a real Himalayan Salt Lamp. In fact, it has more to do with the environment in which you keep the lamp.

A good way to avoid lamp sweating is to keep the lamp on as long as possible. This keeps the salt crystal dry while also protecting any sensitive surfaces it may be set upon. In addition, if the lamp is set upon a sensitive surface, it is recommended that it be placed on some type of coaster or placemat.

Humid conditions are the main cause of Himalayan salt lamp sweating, especially when they're turned off for a while. In these conditions, it's best to keep the lamps on to avoid sweat puddles. Use at your discretion of course. With that in mind, if your lamp is in a generally moist room or you live in a humid environment, there is a better chance of it sweating. If it doesn't, however, that does not necessarily mean that it is a phony.

Instead of sweating, look at the lamp surface to better determine authenticity. Inferior salts usually have a chalky or dusty surface. This inferior salt is caused by a lack of sufficient pressure when formed in the salt mine which causes the lamp surface to seem chalky or loose. These low-quality or fake Himalayan salt lamps are typically a light pink color.

Final verdict: Depends on the environment and materials

Myth #3: The Best Himalayan Salt Lamps Come From Anywhere in the Himalayas

Origin has a lot to do with the authenticity of Himalayan Salt Lamps. However, the best ones actually come from the Khewra Salt Mine in Pakistan, where the quality is at its highest. Known as the gold standard for lamp producers, this mine is located in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountain Range.

Final verdict: False

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