1. 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.
2. 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 Salt lamp is super solid and doesn’t seem like it could break easily, this could be a warning sign that your lamp is a fake.
Real Himalayan salt lamps need to be handled with extreme care, as they can be easily 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.
3. 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 pinkish orange 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.
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.