balanceTo answer this we need to briefly explain what pH means, how your skin is magic, and the truth about advertising claims.

pH (potential hydrogen) measures the acidity or alkalinity of water-soluble solutions using a scale of 1-14. Seven is neutral, below 7 is acidic, and above is alkaline. Many soap companies promote “pH balance” for healthy skin. 

What they don’t tell you is that in healthy people, the skin secretes a protective Acid Mantle with a pH of about 5.5. Washing with any soap removes the mantle, dirt, and oils. Immediately after washing, your skin starts to rebuild the Acid Mantle on its own, and within a few hours, it’s completely restored.

Claims about the benefits of “pH balanced” have not been proven. What has been proven is that the synthetic ingredients, detergents, and enhancers added to soap to “balance” it actually do more harm than good. They can strip the skin of natural fatty acids and oils, inhibit its natural moisturizing factors and prevent it from managing its own pH balance. In addition, many people are very sensitive to these chemical additives.

So, the better question to ask is, “Do Shugar Soapworks soaps contain any chemical or synthetic ingredients or detergents?” The answer is no. Our soaps use natural ingredients that help the skin balance itself.