I've made several batches of the walmart recipe now and each time it has taken f-o-r-e-v-e-r to trace. I think I just figured out what I was doing wrong. I don't have a microwave, so I've been heating the lard and CO in a double boiler. I've been completely melting them. Reading over the recipe (which I have read about 200 times so no idea why I'm just now noticing this ) I realize I'm only supposed to *soften* them, not actually melt them--right? No wonder it is taking so long to trace. :rofl I am seriously laughing at myself here--it took me several batches to realize the problem. :lol Since it was taking so long to come to trace I finally had to walk away from it to take care of other things. Every so often I would check on it and give it a stir but I mostly left it alone for about an hour. After an hour it was at a very nice trace and I poured it into my molds. It looks great. So my question is---does it need to be stirred continuously after the lye and oils are well combined or is it okay to give it some time to set up w/o stirring? This particular batch is unscented so there were no concerns about a FO seizing or anything like that.