Himalayan salt lamps are a wonderful addition to any home, renowned for their ability to help purify the air, promote better sleep, and combat feelings of anxiety and stress. But with an influx of fake Himalayan salt lamps on the market, how can you be sure your salt lamp is the real thing?

To help you avoid buying a fake Himalayan salt lamp, it’s important to know what to look out for. Keep reading for 5 sure signs your Himalayan salt lamp is fake, and our top tips on finding a genuine salt lamp instead.

1. A fake Himalayan salt lamp will NOT be fragile

Himalayan salt lamps are crafted from ancient crystals, which makes them extremely delicate and fragile. If your Himalayan salt lamp is super sturdy and doesn’t seem like it could break easily, this could be a warning sign that your lamp is fake.

Real Himalayan salt lamps need to be handled with extreme care, as they can be easily chipped or broken if treated incorrectly. A fake Himalayan salt lamp will appear extremely durable and resistant to damage, so look out for this red flag when exploring your options.

2. A fake Himalayan salt lamp will be extremely bright

If your salt lamp can easily light up an entire room, this could be another sign that it’s a fake. 

Authentic Himalayan salt lamps are renowned for their unmistakable amber glow, which is why they’re often recommended as nightlights. A salt lamp that appears overpoweringly bright (rather than soft and subtle) is a good indication it could be fake.

3. A fake Himalayan salt lamp won’t show signs of moisture

Real Himalayan salt lamps are naturally hygroscopic, which means they absorb moisture from their surroundings and recycle this as pure air. This is why Himalayan salt lamps will sometimes sweat, ‘weep’ or show beads of moisture on their exterior.

A fake Himalayan salt lamp will not have these hygroscopic properties, and won’t show these signs of moisture. If you’ve never seen your salt lamp sweating (especially in humid environments), this could be a red flag that your salt lamp is fake.

4. A fake Himalayan salt lamp may be suspiciously light

Salt is a heavy mineral, which is why Himalayan salt lamps (especially in large sizes) should also feel quite heavy. If your Himalayan salt lamp feels suspiciously light and easy to handle, this could indicate that it’s been crafted from imitation salt, and not the real thing.

5. A fake Himalayan salt lamp supplier will be unreputable

It’s so important to thoroughly research your supplier before purchasing to help you check their authenticity. If your supplier has an amateur-looking or poorly written website, negative reviews, and lacks details about how and where their lamps are sourced, this should be a clear warning sign about their credibility.

Where can you buy genuine Himalayan salt lamps?

Here at Inspire Me Naturally, we stock a huge range of authentic Himalayan salt lamps online. From natural lamps to crafted lamps and glass jar lamps, our range is available with free shipping Australia-wide. You can also read our client testimonials over on our Facebook page, or get in touch with our team for any further questions!

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