When did a huge piece of salt risk being an imposter?
Right after it became the most sought after piece of salt in the wellness community, duh.
But for reals, I’m so obsessed with my Himalayan Salt Lamp that I recently purchased three more. If I had it my way I would have one in every room. And at this point, that’s not even a stretch (hehe).
If you’re wondering what all the buzz is about over a huge chunk of salt, you can read my previous post about why they are seriously amazing -you may want to sit down for this one.
But for now, I’m going to go over a few things that you can watch for to make sure you’re not falling victim of a salt lamp scam.
But I’m going to be honest, if you can find out how to identify a fake Himalayan salt lamp, you can bet those scammers can too. And if they’re comfortable selling a fake salt lamp, I bet they’re comfortable lying on their packaging too.
Personally, I think the best way to know for sure if you’re getting the real thing is to make sure you’re buying it from a reliable source. If you’re just looking for the cheapest one off Amazon, then chances are you may run into a fake.
But if you’re willing to shop at reliable sources and spend the money that it costs to get a legit lamp, then chances are you’re safe.
Ok, now that that’s out there, let’s jump into the other 6 ways to tell if you’re salt lamp is a fake.
It’s extremely durable
Salt isn’t a very durable substance. If you were to drop a real salt lamp, chances are it would break. In fact, it’s not uncommon to have them break in shipping if they aren’t packed well.
That being said, if it is a small lamp, like a mini USB lamp made to sit next to your computer, it may not be as breakable. Being more compact makes it stronger.
I have a 20 lb lamp in my kitchen that is about 12″ tall, and when I set it on it’s side to change the bulb, it leaves little fragments of salt behind. And where the crystal was set on the counter, you can clearly see it was damaged just ever so slightly.
That’s normal for a salt crystal. On the other hand, I had a mini USB lamp and to test the durability, I threw it onto my deck several time and there was almost no damage at all. But that one is only about 4″ tall, and about 2.5″ thick so it’s pretty strong.
Of course, you’re not going to want to smash your lamp on the ground to test if it’s breakable, but if you picked at it with a butter knife, you should be able to scrape off small chunks.
It has an even glow
A real salt crystal is uneven and irregular in shape and in the glow that it gives off. There should be areas that glow brighter, and areas that are dim, if it glows evenly from all directions, this is a red flag.
You can see from the photos that the glow is irregular and dim, even in my white salt lamp.
It’s pink, like really pink.
Most Himalayan salt crystals are a salmony-pink (almost orange) color but you can also get white crystals or even grey.
And the shade of pink can differ from crystal to crystal, some being darker and some being lighter. But it should never be hot pink or fascia in color. That’s a pretty good indication that it’s not the real thing.
Also, white and grey salt crystals are rare, therefore more expensive. If you found a site selling white and grey crystals for the same price as the pink ones, it could be another red flag, although, let’s be real they can sell it for however much they want.
It doesn’t list the country of origin
There is only one place on earth to get a Himalayan salt crystal. Yup you guessed it, the Himalayan Mountains, and they’re located in Pakistan.
If you’re shopping on a website that doesn’t list the country of origin, or it lists it as somewhere else, definitely don’t add that one to your cart.
As a rule, I wouldn’t purchase a salt lamp if it didn’t list the country of origin because that’s just them getting away with not actually lying but still selling an imposturous lamp.
If you can buy a fair trade lamp, that’s even better.
It’s salt. Does it taste salty?
Yes, I licked my lamp.
I mean, I wiped it first and just used the very tip of my tongue, it’s not like I acted like it was an ice-cream cone or anything. But let me tell you, it was salty!
It’s a good idea to wipe it first if you’re tempted to lick yours because they attract pollutants that are floating in the air, so use a wet cloth.
Speaking of a wet cloth, what happens when you put salt in water? It melts.
How well does it handle water?
If you’re really doubting if your salt crystal is real, try the hot tap challenge. Run it under hot water for a minute or so and see if it starts to melt. It should get slippery and eventually start to shrink. It could change the texture, making it appear smooth in areas or eroded, that’s how you can tell if it melted.
If the hot water didn’t seem to effect it, that’s another red flag. Just FIY, this will do some permanent damage to your crystal so I would only recommend this if there were some other red flags that led you to believe it is a fake.
If you’re a smart online shopper, it’s not hard to find a legit, fair-trade salt crystal vendor online. My personal favorite is So Well. With them, you can trust that what you’re buying is the real deal. Plus, they often have deals so get on their email list if you’re serious about getting a lamp of your own!
And if you’re interested in all the health benefits of these beautiful lamps, check out my previous post!
How does your salt lamp stack up? Have you ever bought a fake?