I have just started working with Sodium Carbomer (actually a pre-neutralized one), and have had all the issues that beginners have with it! (Fish eyed and lumpy..... I was adding after emulsion, because it was gelling my water so badly, I could not work with it....had tried it as high as .8%) I have read the forums on the topic...and think I have it figured out now. (will add it to the water phase, and let it soak for a while)
However, I was wondering....is HEC simply a better product and easier to use?
Let me start with saying....I was having emulsion difficulties, and that is how I started with the Sodium Carbomer to begin with. The emulsion has 3% Essential oils, (plus carrier oils) and 6-7% Ethyl alcohol as a solvent for 3% Vanillin.
So the question in a nutshell is.... Would HEC help stabilize an emulsion that wanted to separate....just as well as Sodium Carbomer, and be much easier to work with?