Measurements of the bulk electrical properties of cement pastes were made using impedance spectroscopy (IS) and are useful for studying hydration. Normalization of these quantities by dividing out changes in the pore fluid reveals information pertinent to the microstructural development of these materials. In this study, observations are made on the influence of accelerators, retarders and silica fume (SF) on pastes of white and ordinary portland cements (OPC). All systems show variations in the normalized electrical properties at the same degree of hydration, as compared to a control. Changes in the microstructure that are implied by these measurements are consistent with the observations of others.