5 Things to Know Before Buying a Himalayan Salt Lamp

5 Things to Know Before Buying a Himalayan Salt Lamp

So, you’re considering buying a Himalayan Salt Lamp, but have no idea what to look out for?

Yes, don’t worry, I totally get it! – Been there, done that!

Given all the conflicting information about different brands and what to look out for, it can be really difficult making a final decision on which salt lamp is going to be best for you.

Himalayan Salt Lamps are awesome because they not only look beautiful as natural home decor, but also promote a relaxing ambience and have proposed healing properties.

But, before you buy, there are 5 things you should really know and consider. I’m going to cover these in detail below, as well a few different brands I can recommend you to check out.

Himalayan Salt Lamp


1. REAL vs FAKE Himalayan Salt Lamps

Yes this is actually a thing….

Given the increasing popularity of Himalayan salt lamps, some people have decided to take advantage of the trend and sell fake salt lamp replicas.

This kind of behaviour really busts my bubble…AND makes the purchase decision so much harder! After all, no one wants to get stuck with a dud!

When buying a Himalayan Salt Lamp, you want to ensure that you’re purchasing it from a trusted supplier who provides a guarantee and has credibility. 

Read more about Fake vs Real Himalayan Salt Lamps here.


In the article above, I also provide a review of 4 popular Himalayan Salt Lamp brands on Amazon. This gives you some additional guidance and direction regarding what to look out for and also some trusted brands to buy from.

I personally own these 2 brands:

The Levoit Himalayan Salt Lamp is by FAR better quality of the two, but both still work pretty well. Ensure to check out the article above for some good brand recommendations.

Himalayan Salt Lamp Meme


2. What Size Do You Want?

You can get Himalayan Salt Lamps in a variety of different sizes. This is great because it means that you have a ton of choice when it comes to choosing a lamp to suit a desired room or location.

Most recommend that the size of your salt lamp should be proportional to the size of the room it will be in. Especially if you’re wanting to purify a large or frequently used room to ensure good coverage.

You can also buy 2 or more different salt lamps and have them in a larger room rather than one super-sized salt lamp.

If for a smaller room, you can probably get away with a smaller lamp.

In general, the bigger the Himalaya Salt Lamp the greater the perceived benefits you’ll receive because larger lamps generally radiate and generate more negative ions.


3. What Shape Do You Prefer?

When buying a Himalayan Salt Lamp there are many different shapes you can get.

You can look for:


A) Natural / Organic Looking Shape

This is typically the most popular style.

Natural and organic looking Himalayan Salt Lamps are hand-crafted chunks of salt. They aren’t usually symmetrical which means no two lamps are ever the same.

The salt lamp I own personally (The Levoit Himalayan Salt Lamp) is a natural / organic shape and it looks really pretty (as shown on the right).


B) Specific Shapes (Sphere, Pyramid, etc) 

You can also get Himalayan Salt Lamps which have been moulded and carved into specific shapes.

Some different shapes that tend to be quite popular include spheres, pyramids and obelisks. Apparently, you can even get heart-shaped versions now too….

These shapes can work really well if:

  • You’re wanting your salt lamp to look a certain way to suit the décor of your house
  • It’s going to be a gift for someone
  • Or you want something a bit different


C) Carved into a Bowl with additional Salt Chunks 

You can also find Himalayan Salt Lamps which have been moulded into a bowl shape filled with smaller chunks of salt. Here is an example you can look at to give you a better understanding of what I mean.

I don’t believe there is much difference between the effectiveness of Salt Lamps based on their shape. So it’d probably best to choose a salt lamp based on your own preferences of what you like. 


D) Salt Lamp Candle Holders

If you like candles or want something that doesn’t require electricity, you may prefer a Himalayan Salt Lamp Candle Holder over the lamp style.

These salt tea-light candle holders can come in a range of shapes, with the most popular ones being cylinder-shape.


As shown, there are many different forms that Himalayan Salt Lamps come in. I personally like the look of the natural salt lamps because I think they look really cool. But you may have your own preferences.

It can also depend on the decor in your house. If you have a really modern house, then maybe a shaped rock could look cool? But it really just depends on your personal situation.

Himalayan Salt Lamp in Lounge Room


4. Where Are You Going to Put It?

When deciding where you’re going to position your salt lamp there are a few things to keep in mind including:

A) How to Find The Right Location

Himalayan Salt lamps can really “shine” in any room…but in most cases, they are best placed in rooms you use a lot or like to relax in.

For example, your bedroom or in your living room.

In general, you should try to have your salt lamp turned on regularly, to promote the release of negative ions and also prevent the lamp from sweating (explained more below).

Balancing out the positive ions released by technology appliances is good because this helps to counter the negative effects of electromagnetic radiation.

Another tip is to avoid positioning your lamp in rooms that attract a lot of moisture – eg. bathrooms, kitchens and laundries.

Otherwise, you may end up with a puddle of water on your furniture which isn’t ideal…


B) Choosing the Right Surface

A key thing to know about  Himalayan Salt Lamps is that you DO NOT want to place it directly on surfaces that are wooden or delicate.

If you’re going to cry over a piece of furniture becoming marked from your salt lamp, I’d avoid putting your salt lamp on it entirely.

The reason for this is that REAL Himalayan Salt Lamps have the tendency to sweat (leak water molecules), especially if not turned on regularly to allow the water molecules to evaporate.

This sweating can occasionally leave salt rings on your furniture, if not protected. That’s why it’s important to have a buffer (Eg. a Coaster) between your furniture and the salt lamp.


Why Does a Himalayan Salt Lamp Sweat?

“Sweating” simply relates to how salt lamps attract moisture from the air. This can cause them to feel damp and/or leave a ring of moisture at their base if there is high humidity in the air.

Many salt lamps have an in-built wooden stand or legs to prevent direct contact with your furniture and therefore marking on furniture.

But even so, when buying a Himalayan Salt Lamp I’d suggest placing your lamp on a coaster or something that can act as a buffer between the lamp and your furniture, to absorb any random water leakage. 

Himalayan Salt Lamp Leaks Everywhere


5. Himalayan Salt Lamp Maintenance & Safety

A) Maintenance

The great thing about both Himalayan Salt Lamps and Candle Holders is that they require very little maintenance. You can practically buy one, set it and forget it!

You may need to replace a light bulb or candle every now and again, but you will be able to source these easily and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

If you will be going away on a holiday or will not be using the lamp for a while, it is suggested that you wrap the lamp up or disconnect from the power point. Just in case of any sweating….


B) Safety

Obviously, it can be dangerous if water starts leaking onto the chord or into the light globe holder.

As we all know, water and electricity do not mix!!

To prevent any electrical issues, it’s best to buy a salt lamp that enables you to firmly connect the lamp holder to the lamp globe base and that has a UL certification for safety purposes.

You should also have any chords out of reach from children to ensure they don’t accidentally knock the lamp or pull it down from your furniture.

Given salt lamps can be really heavy, they could do a lot of damage if they fall on someone from a height.

They could also smash into pieces, which would be absolutely devastating.


So there you go….5 key considerations and things to look out for when buying a Himalayan Salt Lamp.


Where to Next? Buying a Himalayan Salt Lamp.

As mentioned earlier, here’s an article I wrote on simple ways to tell the difference between a fake and real Himalayan Salt Lamp.

In this article, I also recommend some good Himalayan Salt Lamp brands you can check out when buying a Himalayan Salt Lamp, if that’s something you’re interested in.


Happy shopping! xx

Real vs. Fake Himalayan Salt Lamps & How to Tell the Difference

Real vs. Fake Himalayan Salt Lamps & How to Tell the Difference

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.

funny monkey meme



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.


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.



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.


*The Winner!*


1. The Body Source Himalayan Salt Lamp – 3 sizes available 

The Good

  • 83% of the Amazon reviews are 5 Stars. This is a pretty amazing achievement on Amazon given the number of trolls out there
  • They are labelled the “Amazon’s Best Choice” with over 7,000 customer reviews.
  • 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
  • They comes with a dimmer switch that customers say is easy to use, and an extra light bulb
  • Three different sizes are available to suit the desired room
  • Happy customers rave about the quality and size of the lamps, saying that they last and work well.
  • This company has a website which makes seem seem more legit and authentic, it also allows you to get in touch with them if anything is not right with your salt lamp

 The Bad

  • Some customers have mentioned issues with the salt lamps leaking and causing damage to their furniture. From my own experience, I don’t feel this is a HUG deal though. From what I know, signs of leaking is actually a good thing as it proves that the salt lamp is real – as salt naturally attracts water. However, to prevent damage to furniture / surfaces, I always have my lamps sitting on some form of placemat or coaster. This is important for all lamps I feel.
  • There have been some complaints about the globes used (15W) for the bigger lamp not being strong enough to warm it up and the supplier not being very helpful in this area. However, it appears that buying more powerful globes fixes the issue.

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Another Option

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

Himalayan Glow Salt Lamp

 The Good

  • Labelled the #1 Best Seller on Amazon with over 22,000 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
  • Happy customers rave about the quality and size of the lamps, saying that they last and work well.
  • 79% of the Amazon reviews are 5 Stars. This is a good percentage, especially given they have over 20,000 views, however does mean that it is important to check the negative reviews to see if there are an recurring defects that may concern you.

 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.  They do have a facebook account though, which is good.
  • Some customers have mentioned issues with the light bulbs, where the lamp stops working after a day or so of use, as well as some manufacture defaults. Although this seems to be a recurring issue in the negative reviews, the ratio of positive reviews is much higher.
  • The product doesn’t come with extra light bulbs
  • There has also been delivery and quality inconsistencies with some lamps arriving broken or not as expected.

View on Amazon



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!!