pH products: Simple’s Micellar Cleansing Water

pH of Simple's Micellar Cleansing Water copy

For this week’s pH product I will be testing Simple’s Micellar Cleansing Water. In case you missed my chemistry lesson on pH, water should have a neutral pH of ~7. However being a cleansing product filled with micelles (surfactants), I was curious if this would hold true.

pH of Simple's Micellar Cleansing Water

After conducting my litmus paper test I determined that the pH of Simple’s micellar water was about ~6/7. I found this result interesting for a few reasons, first, I was surprised the litmus paper didn’t show more of the green/yellow color for 7, mainly because being a cleaning product I assumed it would be on the basic side. However the more I think about this, it’s probably what makes this such a great cleanser is that because of its neutral reading, does nothing but purely clean our skin. So if you haven’t guessed by my numerous ravings on the blog about this product, now that I’ve determined the neutral pH, I would highly recommend this pH neutral cleansing product for your skin!


6 thoughts on “pH products: Simple’s Micellar Cleansing Water

  1. beautyscientist says:

    If you can get hold of pH meter, I suspect that the reading would be a little lower than the indicator paper is suggesting. In fact that pH is not really particularly meaningful for a product like this. The factor that messes up micelles is ionic strength. So they’ll be avoiding anything that ionises so the pH will not really be a big deal.


  2. Paige DeGarmo says:

    Hmm I never considered a pH meter, I will definitely have to get one and try it out. So even if pH is mainly dependent on an aqueous solution being present, the ionic strength will make that unreliable?


  3. Erin says:

    Skin actually generally sits around 4.5 to 5.5 so ideally that’s where cleansers should be too. 7 is too basic and can lead to dryness and inflammation.


    • Paige DeGarmo says:

      Hi Erin, while you’re right that too high of a pH can damage skin, a lot of cleansers sit with an alkaline value and are perfectly fine for the skin as long as you follow up with a toner to balance the skin’s pH. Low pH cleansers are a good option for people wanting to skip the toner or address a certain issue like acne, oily skin or sensitive skin. Also the value 7 is neutral on the pH scale so it wouldn’t really be considered a basic value


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