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If you’re like me, I imagine you love the idea of having a Himalayan Salt Lamp… Sure, they’re beautiful, give off a soothing calming glow and can act as great decor in your home.

BUT, did you know?

Some of you who have already bought a Himalayan Salt Lamp, could be treasuring a FAKE without even realising it!

This means that rather than receiving the associated benefits of a REAL Himalayan Salt Lamp, all you’re getting is a big….shiny…dud.

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Awwwwkkks…..

 

So why the rise in Fake Himalayan Salt Lamps??

Due to the increasing popularity of Himalayan Salt Lamps, more and more deceptive suppliers are entering the market to try and pinch a piece of the pie. And by pie…yep, I mean your money!!

Here are some key things to look out for when buying a salt lamp so you can reduce your likelihood of wasting your hard-earned money on something that brings you VERY little benefit.

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So let’s get started shall we…

 

6 Ways to Differentiate Between a Real vs. Fake Himalayan Salt Lamps

 

1. The Salt Lamp is Super Cheap 

Many of us tend to think that online shopping is all about getting things for cheaper – well compared to buying in-store anyway. But when it comes to Himalayan Salt Lamps, you don’t want to fall into that trap.

Salt lamps being sold online at a “too good to be true” price…. are usually exactly that: TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE!

This is why seeing a super cheap salt lamp can be a red flag. Especially if way cheaper than other competitors with similar products.

Also, if you see anything that is being advertised as “white crystal” and is really cheap. Again, beware!

Authentic white crystal salt lamps are rare and should not come cheap. That’s why, I tend to stick to the normal pinky orange salt lamps, unless you want to buy from a speciality store and/or know what price it should be marked at.

 

2. The Salt Lamp is Highly Durable

Authentic Himalayan salt lamps should be handled with care, as they are usually very delicate. After all, they are made of salt…and salt crystals damage easily. 

If your Himalayan Salt Lamp appears to be highly durable and resistant to damage it could be a fake. Parts of the salt lamp should look as though they could break or scratch off.

Obviously, I don’t suggest testing this out by throwing your salt lamp to the floor, but it’s just something to be mindful of.

 

3. There’s a Lack of Customer Service, Warranty or Product Returns

Given the fragile nature of Salt Lamps, most credible suppliers will have a good returns policy and provide compassionate customer service.

These suppliers know how fragile their products are and are aware of the possibility of them being damaged during transit and delivery.

If you come across a supplier who clearly states “NO RETURNS”, your internal alarm bell should start ringing.

They could be illegitimate and not offer returns because they are fully aware that their products are NOT the real deal or are poor quality.

This may not always be the case (each supplier can have different conditions for product returns), but it’s something to keep an eye out for. If there are no reviews (unless a brand new product), I personally wouldn’t risk it.

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4. The “Himalayan” Salt is not sourced from Pakistan

As you may think, a Himalayan Salt Lamp bares its name because it’s from the “Himalayas” – right??

Well actually this assumption is kind of flawed and can be manipulated depending on perception.

The Himalayas stretch across a few different countries (India, Nepal, Pakistan, etc). Yet, according to Dr. Axe, the Himalayan salt crystals themselves are actually sourced from deep mines in Khewra, Pakistan (Punjab Province).

So, rather than being sourced from the peak of the mountains like you may have thought, they’re actually sourced from the western edge of the mountains.

When looking at different salt lamp products, ensure to keep your eye out for references to Pakistan or the Punjab Provence.

If a supplier guarantees that the salt is sourced from the peaks of the Himalayan Mountains or there is no reference that the salt is sourced from Pakistan, alarm bells should ring.

This is why researching the supplier including their reputation and their products before making your purchase is key.

NOTE: Just because someone says a product is from “Pakistan or the Himalayas”, does not automatically mean that the product is legit.

Instead the salt lamps may only be “assembled” there, with the salt itself being sourced from an entirely different region.

 

5. Your Salt Lamp Doesn’t Sweat, EVER!

Himalayan salt is said to have hygroscopic properties.

This means that the salt crystals tend to naturally attract and absorb water molecules from their environment due to their molecular structure.

This is why salt lamps can sometimes feel damp, leave water marks on furniture, or accumulate beads of moisture on their surface.

If you’ve never seen your salt lamp sweat or show signs of moisture (especially in humid environments or when raining), this could be a red flag that yours is a fake.

 

6. The Light Emitted is Very Bright! 

A key question I’d love to ask you is:

WHY do you want to buy a Himalayan salt lamp?

  • Is it because you want to light up or brighten a room?
  • Do you want it just for home decor?
  • Are you purchasing it for the perceived healing properties?

Due to the crystallised structure and density of the salt, the light emitted from Himalayan Salt Lamps can be quite poor.

You’ll most likely to get a dull glow, not a bright reading light like most of the traditional desk or floor lamps. This is why most salt lamps are used just to complement a space or as an evening light, rather than being the dominant or main light source.

If your lamp is very bright when turned on and looks to be all one colour, then “Houston we have a problem” ­… you’ve likely got yourself a fake Himalayan salt lamp….

Meme for Fake Himalayan Salt Lamp

You should now have some idea of what to look out for when reviewing different Himalayan Salt Lamp brands. 

To help you even further, I have included a review a few different brands on Amazon below. That way you can more successfully navigate the minefield, narrow down your options and purchase a good product.

Key Considerations when reviewing these products. 

The supplier/product has:

  • A trusted and verified reputation with a good history
  • A professional looking website
  • Many positive reviews from customers
  • A focus on customer service including a good returns policy and/or warranty.
  • Clear reference to the Himalayan Salt being sourced/mined from Pakistan
  • A Dimmer Switch
  • Protective packaging to reduce likelihood of damage during delivery
  • A wooden base to reduce the likelihood of marking furniture from “sweating”

 

A Review of Popular Himalayan Salt Lamp Brands on Amazon

Jeeez there looks to be so many bogus brands out there on Amazon…but also some really good ones too. 

After all my research and investigation here is my clear winner, based on the considerations above.

 

**Best of the Best – The Winner!!**

1. Levoit’s Natural Himalayan Salt Lamp (8 – 11 lbs)

Levoit Himalayan Salt Lamp

The Good

  • 82% of their 1,688 customer reviews on Google have been 5-star which is pretty awesome compared to other companies
  • At this point in time, it has been awarded the “Amazon’s Choice” label.
  • Happy customers have raved about the quality and appearance of the lamps. Some have also mentioned that they think the touch sensor switch is pretty cool
  • They claim that their salt lamps are professionally hand-carved Himalayan rock salt from the Khewra mines in Pakistan and that they have a mining certificate, unlike other suppliers to prove it.
  • Products come with a 1-year warranty, however you also get the option to extend to 2 years for FREE. They also have a 90-day money back guarantee and pride themselves on providing good customer service. A user manual and warranty card are included with the products.
  • Lamps come in secure packaging to reduce the likelihood of damage
  • You can choose to have a stainless-steel base or a wooden base with your lamp. Personally, I prefer a wooden base, but have linked both options in case you want to check either of them out.
  • They have a modern and professional website, which for me adds wonders to their credibility
  • The lamp comes with 2 light bulbs, so you have a spare just in case.
  • Levoit lamps are ETL, FCC, CE, and RoHS certified, and they claim that none of their products have been subject to any salt lamp fire hazard risks or recalls.

The Bad

  • Interestingly, there have been a couple of reviews that have mentioned that they’ve had problems getting their salt lamps working or that the bulbs have died shortly after use. Most seem to be related to the bulbs or people finding the touch sensitive dimmer switch difficult and confusing.
  • Apparently, it is not easy to replace the bulbs. You need to unscrew the base to do so.
  • Some people have complained about the salt lamps leaving water marks or salt residue.

The Bottom Line

Based off the great number of positive reviews, If I was you, I’d feel very confident buying this product.

I actually was really interested in this brand when I checked it out, so I bought one!! And it is actually been so great and appears to be really good quality.

Regarding the water marks, I actually personally see that as a good sign. Not because its damaged the furniture, but because having some water residue means that the salt is most likely real (Remember: hygroscopic properties).

EASY TIP: You can easily prevent any marking by putting a coaster between the lamp and the furniture surface.

Even if you did start experiencing some issues with your salt lamp (as some of the bad reviews say), they have a 1-2 year warranty and a 90-day money back guarantee which should help to solve that.

They have a professional and modern website and customers rave about the quality, so I do believe that they are a legit and trustworthy supplier. According to their website, their HQ are located in the US too.

Click Here to View on Amazon

Other Options

2. HemingWeigh Himalayan Salt Lamp (19-25 lbs)

This Himalayan Salt Lamp is a bigger lamp compared to the Levoit Salt Lamp so I wanted to include it as another option in case you do want a super dooper one.

Hemingweigh Himalayan Salt Lamp

The Good

  • HemingWeigh claim that their lamps are handmade and pure block of Himalayan salt mined from the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in Pakistan.
  • The salt lamps come with a wooden base that can be helpful for protecting your furniture. But as mentioned above, I’d still sit it on a coaster for added protection.
  • They claim that their lamps are UL/CE certified, CE Approved and RoHS Conform. And state that they have made it really easy to change the bulbs
  • They offer good customer service stating that customers can contact them with any questions and that they offer a 180-day warranty and a money back guarantee (but they actually don’t give much detail on this)
  • Happy customers claim that the lamps came in secure and protective packaging and appeared to be good value for money, given their large size.
  • They do have a website (hemingweigh.com); however, it does look a bit dated compared to some of the other brands. Even so, the company has been running since 1999 which to me signals that they must have a solid history of providing good quality products.

The Bad

  • Given the product is much bigger and heavier than other salt lamp sizes, some customers have said that it may not be good to be placed on fragile surfaces or glass topped furniture. Some have even said that the size is almost too big!!
  • Despite this, there have been some unhappy customers due to receiving smaller lamps than the advertised size, so there seems to be a bit of inconsistency there.
  • This goes for quality as well. Some mentioned that their salt lamps arrived with black residue or spots on the salt, which they claim makes the lamp look ugly or that the power chords that come with the product are cheap and look faulty.
  • There is also the issue of some lamps not working after a couple of months of use, but is not all that common.
  • For me, a key negative the shipping. For me, shipping is CRAZY expensive – Over $80 bucks!! This is double the price of the product which is a big turn off. But this does depend on where you’re located in the world.

The Bottom Line

If you’re after a super-sized Himalayan Salt Lamp, then this could be a good option to check out.

It ticks most of the boxes in terms of having a professional website with a good history, many positive customer reviews, mention of a warranty/returns policy and the salt appearing to be mined from the base of the Himalayan Mountains in Pakistan.

As mentioned, the cost of shipping turns me off– but this may not be an issue for you.

Click Here to View on Amazon 

 

3. Himalayan Glow Himalayan Salt Lamp (8-11 lbs) 

Himalayan Glow Salt Lamp

 The Good

  • Labelled the #1 Best Seller on Amazon with over 12,000 customer reviews.
  • The supplier claim that the salt lamps are hand-carved Himalayan rock salt from Pakistan
  • The lamps come with a wooden base to help protect your furniture from the salt
  • It comes with a dimmer switch that customers say is easy to use
  • The lamp is ETL Certified according to UL standards.
  • Happy customers rave about the quality and size of the lamps, saying that they last and work well.
  • Slightly cheaper than the Levoit’s Salt Lamp above.

 The Bad

  • They have a warranty policy but it doesn’t seem to favour the customer – Here is it copied and pasted:

WBM LLC warrants its products to be free of defects in material and workmanship for 30 days from the shipment date unless otherwise noted. WBM LLC will replace any item returned to us within the parameters of this policy and found to be defective. All returned warranty-issue merchandise must be properly packed for a safe return shipment and in original purchase condition with the original packaging, the original receipt/invoice/packing slip and an explanation of the item’s problem. WBM LLC will not refund, credit or cover shipping expenses for warranty item returns or warranty item replacements under any circumstances. WBM LLC is not liable for misuse of its products. This warranty does not cover damage due to abuse, neglect, alteration, failure to follow instructions, shipping damage or damaged packaging.

  • The company doesn’t have a website – Well not that I can find anyway. I personally feel more comfortable when when companies have an online presence and professional website outside of Amazon.
  • Some people question the lamps authenticity but I haven’t found any particular evidence that supports that this could be true. Other than the pricing being slightly cheaper than other suppliers.
  • The product doesn’t come with extra light bulbs
  • Only 68% of the Amazon reviews are 5 Stars. This is still a good percentage, especially given they have over 12,000 views, but it’s not as good a percentage as other products.
  • Some customers have experienced the light bulbs burning out with one saying that theirs almost created a fire in their house. I think this is pretty rare but still something to be weary of.
  • There has also been delivery and quality inconsistencies with some lamps arriving broken or not as expected.

The Bottom Line

If you’re after a salt lamp that is relatively cheap then this could be a good option to go for.

With over 12,000 customer reviews and being Amazon’s Best Seller, the product you get should be pretty safe in terms of quality. However, personally I would still stick with my choice of Levoit’s salt lamp.

Levoit Himalayan Salt Lamp

Click Here to View on Amazon

 

If you’re interested in buying a salt lamp, I would definitely choose the Levoit Salt Lamp. In the end, that’s the one I purchased.

That way you know you’re getting a good quality lamp – I have one myself – and you’re going to get your money’s worth.

If you’d like to learn more about Himalayan Salt Lamps you can also read the below articles:

  1. What is a Himalayan Salt Lamp & Why Do People Love Them?
  2. 5 Things to Know Before Buying a Himalayan Salt Lamp

Other than that, I wish you all the best!

And, enjoy treating yourself to a beautiful and soothing Himalayan Salt lamp!!

Ashleigh Page