Cocamide MEA blend for cold process formulas
I've been working on a Cocamide MEA blend for the past few days from some samples I received from Taiwan to make a cold process MEA blend to use in lieu of DEA as a 1:1 alternative for simple hand soaps. DEA is being phased out, as it's a carcinogen, so I want to get some of our clients switched over ASAP.
I was heating the Cocamide MEA flakes to 60C to get them to melt and mixing them with the following formula.
My first few attempts at this turned out rather nicely, but suddenly everything I made started coming out like EGDS pearl. Instead of thickening and boosting/stabilizing foam, it just started making all my products pearly.
Do you think I got some bad MEA? Am I missing something? Any tips/hints?