How to Measure for Jeans

Finding the right pair of jeans can take a lot of trial and error even if you do know your size. Once you’ve measured your inseam and waist, however, you’ll be able to choose and purchase the right pair much more quickly. Measure yourself or have a friend help take your measurements before shopping for jeans so you know what to look for. All you need to do is match your measurements to the corresponding brand’s sizing chart to buy jeans that fit well and flatter your figure.

EditSteps
EditMeasuring the Inseam
Put on the shoes you plan to wear with your jeans while taking the measurements. You will finish taking the measurements at approximately where your shoes will meet the cuff. If you wear any orthotic inserts in your shoe, put them on as well to ensure an accurate reading.[1]

Stand with your back against a wall. Keep your back as straight as possible so you can get precise measurements. If possible, have someone else take your inseam measurement while you stand, as measurements taken by another person are better than self-measurements.[2]

Use a measuring tape to record the length from crotch to ankle. Start measuring at the top of your thigh down your leg to the top of your shoe, which should be around your ankle bone. This is your inseam, or leg length, size.[3]

Keep in mind that inseam may vary based on the style. Most brands offer different inseam styles within a certain waist size like short, regular, and tall. Shorter styles may rest above your ankle, while longer styles may end at or below the ankle. Men’s jeans, in particular, are varied in inseam size. Read the label carefully and make sure your inseam size matches the jeans you want before buying them.[4]

EditCalculating Waist, Hip, and Thigh Size
Do not pull the measuring tape too tightly around your body. When measuring your waist, hip, and thigh size, avoid pulling the tape tightly to get a smaller reading. For the most comfortable jeans fit, you will want to take loose and relaxed measurements.[5]

Measure at the smallest part of your waist. Jean waist sizes are taken at the smallest section, around where their natural stomach crease is. For most people, this is about above the belly button.Try not to suck your waist in—although you may get a smaller reading, your jeans will be more uncomfortable.[6]

Wrap the measuring tape around the widest portion of your hips. Although jean sizes usually don’t include hip measurements, you may need it if you are getting your jeans tailored. Usually, the widest portion will be right below the top of your hip bones.[7]

Take measurements along the widest part of your thighs. Like hip measurements, your thigh size will likely not be needed unless you are getting jeans tailored. Get your measurements around the widest part of your thighs, generally just below the crotch, so your jeans will be as comfortable to wear as possible.[8]

EditReading Jeans Sizing Charts
Use your waist/inseam measurements to determine your size. Sizing charts can differ based on country and gender, but most jeans sizing charts rely on waist/inseam measurements. Record your waist/inseam measurement and keep it on hand while shopping for jeans so you can reference it as needed.[9]Keep your thigh and hip measurements close as well if you are ordering customized jeans or getting your jeans altered.

Recognize that sizing charts can vary depending on the brand. Although men’s jeans are usually ordered by waist/inseam (ie: “26/28, 28/30, etc…”), women’s jeans are usually assigned a number based on their waist/inseam measurements (ie: “0, 2, 4…”). Check the brand’s sizing chart beforehand to determine which number corresponds to your waist/inseam measurements.[10]
Even if 2 pairs of pants from different brands are assigned the same number, they may have completely different waist/inseam measurements.

Keep fit in mind while choosing a size. Jeans come in different fits and styles, like baggy, relaxed, skinny, or boot cut. Depending on the fit, a brand’s size may fit tightly or more loosely on your body. Choose a fit that you like so your jeans don’t only fit well but feels comfortable and looks flattering.[11]

Use SizeCharter to find the best jeans for your measurement. Put your waist, hip, inseam, and chest recordings into the SizeCharter website to match your measurements with the best pair of jeans for your size. If you cannot afford specially tailored jeans, this can help you find well-fitting jeans based on brand and fit.[12]
Access the SizeCharter website here: http://www.sizecharter.com/

EditTips
If the jeans you currently have are not the right size, alter them yourself or hire a professional to make the alteration.

Have someone else take your measurements for the most accurate reading.

Avoid taking measurements over your clothing, if possible. Even tight-fitting clothes can change your overall reading.[13]
For professional measurements, visit a tailor.

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Today in History for 31st March 2019

Historical Events

1863 – Battle of Grand Gulf, Mississippi and Dinwiddie Court House, Virginia
1980 – President Jimmy Carter deregulates banking industry
1981 – 1st Golden Raspberry Awards: “Can’t Stop the Music” wins
1987 – 49th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Indiana beats Syracuse, 74-73
1991 – 10th NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship: Tennessee beats Virginia, 70-67; first overtime win in the NCAA’s 10-year history
2001 – German brothers Michael and Ralf Schumacher become first siblings to share front row of the grid in a Formula 1 World Championship event; qualify 1st and 2nd respectively for Brazilian GP in São Paulo

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Famous Birthdays

1924 – Leo Buscaglia, “Dr Hug”, psycholigist (Love), born in Los Angeles, California
1928 – Gordie Howe, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing (23-time NHL All Star), born in Floral, Saskatchewan (d. 2016)
1929 – Bertram Fields, American lawyer
1936 – Marge Piercy, author (Small Changes, Gone for Soldiers)
1940 – Patrick J Leahy, (Sen-D-VT, 1975- )
1964 – Dave Wyman, NFL linebacker (Denver Broncos)

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Famous Deaths

1727 – Isaac Newton, English physicist/astronomer, dies in London at 84
1913 – J. P. Morgan, Sr. [John Pierpont], American financier and philanthropist (General Electric, Steel Corporation, ATandT), dies in his sleep at 75
1959 – Peter Suhrkamp, German publisher (Suhrkamp Verlag), dies at 68
1980 – Jesse Owens, American athlete (4 Olympic gold 1936), dies of lung cancer at 66
2005 – Stanley J. Korsmeyer, American oncologist (b. 1951)
2007 – Paul Watzlawick, Communications and Constructivism Theorist (b. 1921)

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How to Dye Candles

There’s only one thing that could make your favorite candle even better—if it were your favorite color, too! Dyeing your candles allows you to customize them to suit any set of sensibilities. Start by melting an old candle or two on the stovetop in a double boiler, or use a block of paraffin wax to make your own candles from scratch. Add a small amount of powdered or liquid candle dye, stirring in more pigment gradually until you achieve the desired shade. Once the wax is just the right color, pour it into an empty mold complete with a new wick and allow it to harden before burning.

EditSteps
EditMelting the Wax
Pick out an old candle to upgrade. White and other light shades will allow the dye to show up better, yielding the most vibrant results. Since you’ll be melting them down, it will be easiest to work with plain container-less candles. If the candle you want to use is in a jar and tin, use a butter knife to scrape out the wax in chunks.[1]
You can use multiple smaller candles to create one big candle, as long as they’re all made from the same type of wax.

The candle you choose should not contain any other decorative elements, such as flowers, seashells, or glitter.

Avoid using scented candles. Melting these down can affect the perfumes that have been added to the wax, causing them to take on an unpleasant fragrance.

Buy a few blocks of paraffin wax to make your own candles. If you’d prefer to mold a new candle from scratch, purchase a package of paraffin blocks. Paraffin is one of the easiest varieties of wax to melt down and recolor. Raw wax and other candle-making supplies can usually be found at arts and crafts stores.[2]
Soy or beeswax chips may also be available, if you’re particular about the type of wax you use.

While you’re doing your shopping, make sure you pick up enough uncut wicks for each candle to have at least one.

Set up a double boiler to heat the wax. If you don’t own a double boiler, fill a large pot halfway up with water and begin warming it over medium-high heat. Then, situate a second heat-safe container, like a glass mixing bowl or measuring cup, inside the first so that it hovers just above the water bath. The pot will transfer heat to the smaller container without letting it get too intense.[3]
You can also use a metal coffee can or similar container if you’d rather not have to clean candle wax out of your cookware later.

Never expose wax to direct heat. This could ruin its natural consistency or even cause a fire![4]

Cut the candles or wax blocks into pieces. Use a sharp knife to break the wax up into 1-inch (2.5-cm) cubes or shavings. This will increase its overall surface area, helping it melt faster. The smaller the pieces, the less time it will take for the wax to liquefy.
Set the candles or blocks on a cutting board to avoid scarring your work surface.

Be careful when handling the knife. Candle wax is an oily substance, which means it may be a little slick.

Add the wax to the boiler. Place the cut-up candle you want to dye into the smaller container hovering above the water bath. If you’re using raw paraffin, drop in 2-5 blocks, depending on how many candles you want to make and how big you intend them to be. These can also be cut into more compact pieces to speed up the melting process.[5]
2-2.5 blocks of paraffin can be used to make a standard jar candle, while 5 blocks will produce an oversized candle closer in dimension to a quart-sized milk carton.

Melt the wax down to a liquid. Stir the semisolid wax periodically to break up lumps. It will typically begin to soften within about 5 minutes and liquefy completely in 8-10. By the time it melts, it will have become thin, transparent, and totally smooth. This is how you’ll know it’s ready to accept the dye.[6]
Use a thin, disposable utensil like a wooden dowel or popsicle stick to do your stirring.

It may take 2-3 minutes longer for the same quantity of a harder wax like paraffin or beeswax to melt completely.

EditAdding Color
Purchase a suitable candle dye. Many candle companies sell liquid dyes that are specifically designed to be used with their products. Other all-purpose dyes will successfully color almost any candle. The important thing is that you choose an appropriate dye for the type of wax you’re working with. Otherwise, it may not blend properly.[7]
Powdered dyes and pigments, such as Rit Dye, can be useful for dyeing candles.

Avoid ordinary liquid dyes like food coloring. When combined, the watery dye and oily wax will separate, producing an unsightly splotchy effect.[8]
To keep things simple, you can even use crayons. Since both the candle and the crayon are made of wax, they’ll blend like a dream.

Add a small amount of dye to the melted wax. Squeeze in a few drops, or shake in 2-3 teaspoons if you’re working with a powdered dye. Be careful not to oversaturate the wax—candle dyes tend to be extremely concentrated, so a little bit goes a long way.[9]
The exact amount you use will depend on the size and number of candles you’re making, as well as the depth of color you’re aiming for.

Dyeing with crayons couldn’t be easier. Just peel off the paper label, drop in as many pieces of the crayon as needed, and stir![10]

Stir the dyed wax thoroughly for 2 minutes. Keep your stirrer moving slowly and continuously through the melted wax. This will ensure that the dye gets distributed evenly. Once the color is uniform throughout, stop and determine whether it’s dark enough for your liking.[11]
Try not to stir too fast, or you could end up splattering wax all over your work area.

Add more dye gradually until you achieve the desired color. The more you use, the bolder and more vibrant the finished candle will be. Creating darker shades like hunter green or navy blue may require you to use double or even triple the amount of dye that you ordinarily would. Remember to stir constantly while pouring in the pigment.
A good rule of thumb for estimating how much dye to add is to multiply the total batch size by 0.05%. To color of wax, for example, you would need to use 0.227g of dye.[12]

Allow the wax to cool to . When you’re satisfied with the quality of the color, turn off the boiler and remove the melting container from the heat. The wax will need to cool slightly before it can be poured into the new mold. Use a kitchen thermometer to test the temperature of the wax as it sits.[13]
Pouring wax at temperatures higher than about may cause frosting or shrinkage, or even shatter glass containers.[14]

EditPouring the New Candle
Select a container for the new candle. If you’re dyeing an old candle, the easiest option is to simply reuse the original jar. However, almost any type of container will work, provided it’s heat-safe, has an open mouth, and is large enough to hold the melted wax. Metal cans, shot glasses, tea cups, and mason jars can all make great DIY candle molds.[15]
Use gelatin molds or empty tea light holders to pour multiple miniature candles.

To make free-standing candles with the wax exposed, try cutting the top off of a quart-sized milk carton. You can then tear the cardboard away once the wax has set.[16]

Position the wick in the empty mold. Take an uncut wick and tie one end around a wooden dowel or pencil. The opposite end should be just long enough to reach the bottom of the container. Set the dowel over the open mouth so that the wick is perfectly centered and hanging straight down.[17]
A wooden clothespin or strip of tape can also make a decent wick holder in a pinch.[18]
To create a double wick for a larger candle, simply tie a second wick away from the first.

Pour the wax into the mold. To keep from making a mess, it may help to grab a funnel or transfer the wax to a separate container that has a pour spout. Be sure to leave about of space at the top of the mold so there will be room for the melted wax to collect as the candle burns.[19]Use leftover wax to make smaller candles, or wait until it dries to scrape it out and dispose of it.

Allow the wax to set up. It may take up to an hour for the wax to solidify completely. As it does, it will assume the shape of the surrounding container and you’ll have a brand new homemade candle in your favorite color. In the meantime, avoid touching the wax. Doing so could leave behind depressions, smudges, or other imperfections.[20]
Be careful not to disturb the wick while the wax is setting up, as well.

Placing the freshly-poured candle in the refrigerator or leaving it in another cool area may help speed up the hardening process.

Trim the wick. Untie or cut the wick from the dowel. Take a pair of scissors and snip the wick about from the surface of the wax. Your new candle will then be ready to light and add a warm glow to any room![21]
Clipping the wick too short may make the candle difficult to light, while leaving it too long will cause it to burn inefficiently.

EditTips
Keep in mind that the candle’s original color will affect the final hue. For instance, adding blue dye to a colorless candle will turn it blue, whereas adding blue dye to a yellow candle will cause it to become green.

It’s a good idea to pull on a pair of disposable gloves when working with dyes. It may take a few scrubbings to wash concentrated pigment out of your skin.

Add a couple drops of oil fragrance to the drying wax for easy scented candles.

Fill your living space with an assortment of colored candles for all seasons. For example, you could set out muted pastels in the spring and fall, and burn bright, festive colors in the summertime.

Candles that have been dyed and poured by hand make excellent gifts.

EditWarnings
Keep an eye on your wax the whole time it’s on the stove. Accidents happen when you get distracted.

EditThings You’ll Need
Old candles

Raw paraffin, soy, or beeswax (optional)

Crayons (optional)

Double boiler (or large pot and smaller heat-safe container)

Liquid or powdered candle dye

Uncut candle wicks

Wooden dowel, clothespin, or tape

Knife

Scissors

Containers of various sizes and materials (for pour candles)

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How to Overcome Doubt in a Relationship

You and your partner may be blissfully happy before doubt enters the picture. Then, you start to worry if you’re really a good match for one another. Is your partner interested in someone else? If you don’t resolve relationship doubts, they can ruin everything. Tackle your doubts by first going to the source— your partner— and seeking out the reassurance you long for.

EditSteps
EditGetting Reassurance
Communicate your fears. Bottling up your feelings may actually allow the doubt to fester. Let it go by talking about it with your partner. Be candid with them and come out and say what’s bugging you.[1]
You might say, “We never have conversations about the future and it makes me doubt your feelings for me.”

Ask your partner for reassurance. After sharing your fears, ask your partner for support and reassurance. You might want them to remind you how much they love you, or you might want a show of affection, like a hug and a kiss.[2]
You might ask something like, “I need to hear that I’m your top priority. Can you tell me please?”

Be cautious of too much reassurance-seeking as it can make you appear clingy to your partner.

Work together to devise solutions. Determine what about your partner’s behavior causes you to feel doubt. Then, put your heads together and figure out ways to work through it.[3]
For instance, if you feel doubt because your partner keeps putting off important conversations about the future, have a candid talk about that and find a middle ground.

If doubt rears its head after a nasty fight, try going to couples therapy and learning better conflict resolution skills.

Talk to each other about how you like to share and receive love. For example, some people like to do things for the person they love to show how they feel, while others like to shower their partner with compliments and declarations of love. Since it’s normal for people to have a different “love language,” it’s important to know how both of you show love so that there aren’t misunderstandings.

Prioritize quality time. Doubt can creep in when couples go through inevitable droughts of quality time and affection. Making more time for bonding and intimacy can help those doubts fade away.[4]
Compare your schedules and pinpoint a few days or nights per week that you can spend time together one-on-one.

Make the most of quality time by silencing your phones and letting others know it’s couple time.

Give feedback about your partner’s efforts. As your partner tries to modify their behavior and make you feel more secure in the relationship, show appreciation for their progress. Speak up when you see them trying— say, “I noticed you made an effort to call me back as soon as you could. Thanks, babe.”[5]
Express gratitude when your partner does something that makes you feel reassured without you asking. For example, “I appreciated that you texted me when you were going to be late. It reassured me that you’d still make it and that I am important to you.”

EditProblem-Solving Your Doubts
Reframe triggering situations that lead to doubt. Notice which situations tend to amplify your doubt. Then, challenge your thoughts about the situation by trying to view it in another way.[6]
For instance, if your doubt grows when your partner fails to pick up a phone call, reframe it: they might be in a meeting or taking a shower. A missed phone call doesn’t necessarily mean they are up to no good.

Practice thought-stopping when worries pop up. Doubt can interfere with your life and sap your focus and productivity. Mentally tell yourself to “Stop!” the train of thought and distract yourself with an engaging activity.[7]
Read a book, knit a sweater, or go for a run.

Question whether there is evidence that supports strong doubts. If a particular doubt is constantly bothering you, it could be your instinct signaling “trouble.” Before you take any action, however, look for evidence.[8]
Maybe your doubts grew after seeing your partner flirting with another person. Can you find any other examples that made you feel uneasy about your partner’s “wandering eye?”

Decide if your doubts are deal-breakers. Some doubt in a relationship is completely normal, but if your doubts stem from frequent lying, cheating, manipulation, or unreliability on behalf of your partner, this may be a sign that you should leave the relationship.[9]
Healthy relationships don’t involve undue control, deception, infidelity or abuse.

Doubts may also be deal-breakers if you have them because your partner doesn’t support your values. If they can’t respect what’s most important to you, then it may not be the best relationship for you.

Talk through your doubts with a therapist. If you’re unsure about how to move forward with your relationship doubts, consult with a relationship therapist. This professional can help you tease out what’s at the core of your doubts and determine if they are healthy or pointing to a problem.[10]
You may choose to see a therapist on your own first before bringing your partner to a session.

Ask your family doctor or human resources rep for a referral to see a therapist in your network.

EditThinking More Positively
Identify what makes you worthy outside of your relationship. Make a list of all the reasons you’re a great person that have nothing to do with being a part of a couple. Maybe you’re super smart, athletic, compassionate about animals, or a talented cook.[11]
If your self-worth is heavily connected to the health of your relationship, you could experience doubt even during common challenges. You can battle this by building up your self-esteem.

Use mindfulness to sit with uncertainty. Feeling afraid or unsure isn’t great, but some doubt is normal and even healthy. Start a mindfulness practice to help you learn to embrace or at least tolerate the uncertainty in your relationship and your life.[12]
When these feelings arise, notice them but let them be. Take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Don’t try to change the thoughts or act on them. Just sit with them.

Perform mindfulness daily and you’ll start to feel more in control and less bothered by these worrisome doubts.

Stay away from negative or critical people. The opinions of co-workers, friends, and family can lead you to have doubts about your relationship. If a person only ever has negative things to say about your partner or your relationship, take a step back.[13]
Sometimes, your loved ones may offer advice that is well-meaning, but biased or self-serving. Reflect on how you feel with your partner and what you see in their behavior before allowing others’ perspectives to feed your doubt.

Be wary of taking advice or discussing your relationship with people who are overly judgmental or critical. Choose open-minded and supportive confidantes.

Drop “should” and “must” from your vocabulary. If your language regarding your relationship is rigid, you’re more likely to try to push against uncertainty. When you remove these terms from your vocabulary, you can feel more flexible and open-minded about your relationship.[14]
For example, if you think, “He should answer the phone whenever I call,” you may be inadvertently making yourself angry if your partner is busy when you call.

Don’t say “She must be spending Saturday with someone else” simply because your girlfriend didn’t try to make plans with you.

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Today in History for 30th March 2019

Historical Events

1422 – Ketsugan, Zen teacher, performs exorcisms to free aizoji temple
1883 – 45th Grand National: Austrian breeder, owner Count Karel Kinsky rides Zoedone to 10 length win; only 10 starters, the smallest GN field in history; first winning jockey from outside Britain and Ireland
1943 – British 1st army recaptures Sejenane
1970 – Soap opera “Somerset” premieres
1992 – Man accidentally backs in A’s Jose Canseco’s $225,000 Lamborghini
1993 – “Redwood Curtain” opens at Brooks Atkinson Theater NYC for 40 performances

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Famous Birthdays

1830 – Auguste Tolbecque, composer
1892 – Erhard Milch, German field marshal (d. 1972)
1930 – Rolf Harris, Australian/British cartoonist and entertainer, born in Bassendean, Western Australia
1950 – Eugene Bowen, composer (Wonder’s Edge)
1959 – Daniel Seifried, Canadia Tour golfer (1981 Thunder Bay), born in Kitchener, Ontario
1978 – Chris Paterson, Scottish rugby player and coach, born in Edinburgh, Scotland

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Famous Deaths

1886 – Joseph-Alfred Mousseau, French Canadian politician (b. 1838)
1960 – Fritz Klimsch, German sculptor/painter, dies at 90
1966 – Newbold Morris, American politician (b. 1902)
1981 – Dewitt Wallace, US founder (Reader’s Digest), dies at 91
2004 – Hubert Gregg, British broadcaster (b. 1914)
2005 – Emil Dimitrov, Bulgarian singer (b. 1940)

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How to Test Essential Oils for Purity

Essential oils are growing in popularity due to their pleasant scents and various household uses. However, the purity of the essential oil is important for making sure it is as effective as possible. To verify that your essential oils are high quality, it is important that you learn the signs of a good essential oil and test the oils out for yourself.

EditSteps
EditChecking Before You Buy
Compare the prices of the essential oils. Some flowers or plants that essential oils are derived from require a larger quantity to create one drop of oil. For roses, it takes almost 60 roses to make one drop of oil, and this should be reflected in the price of the oil. An unusually low price is normally a sign that the oil is diluted in some way, making it less pure.[1]
If all of the oils from a particular brand are the same price, it is usually indicative of less pure oils. You could expect to have a range of prices from $20 for a more abundant oil, such as lavender, all the way up to $80 for an oil that is harder to make, such as rose.

Ask your supplier about the purity of their oils and the distilling process. Try to buy from a supplier who distills their own oils, or deals directly with a distiller who does. Suppliers should be willing to provide you with a sample (maybe for a small fee) before encouraging you to buy larger quantities. This shows that they are confident in their product and believe that if you try it you will buy.[2]

Search for oil by the specific name of the plant it is derived from. Being able to read the label and identify the plant makeup of the oil is the first step to buying a quality oil. The general rule of thumb is to purchase by the Latin name, which can be found by searching online for the plant, as this is normally the most specific.[3]
For example, many customers purchase lavandula oil, also known as lavender, because of its calming effects. A common mistake is purchasing lavender oil instead, which has the opposite effect and will make the user more alert.

Check the packaging for a purity statement. There should be a statement on the packaging of the oil that says “100% Pure” or something similar to this claim. If there is not, it has likely been mixed or adulterated with some other substance.[4]

EditTesting the Oils
Select an oil to test and get a piece of blank paper. You can test your oil at home with just these 2 items. Make sure you cover your work surface with wax paper or tin foil to protect it from any oil that might bleed through the paper. [5]

Place one drop of the oil on the paper. If your oil doesn’t have a dropper with it or a cap that allows this, you can use the eraser side of a pencil. Just dip the eraser into the bottle and let the oil drip onto the paper from there, or gently touch the eraser to the paper to get the oil to transfer.[6]
If you’re testing multiple oils, it might help to label each one so you remember where it is on the paper.

Allow the oil to dry completely. This will normally take about 30-45 minutes depending on how much oil you have on the paper. Check after 30 minutes, and if there’s still some liquid on the paper, allow another 15 minutes to dry.[7]

Check the places where you dropped the oil for a leftover ring of oil or grease. If there is a ring present, that means that the oil has likely been diluted with another substance and is less pure. If you can’t see a ring, try touching the paper with your finger lightly. If it’s completely dry and you don’t feel any oil or grease on your finger, your oil is likely pure and high quality.[8]
Some oils that are darker in color will leave a slight tint, but the paper should not be oily or greasy once completely dry. Oils such as sandalwood, patchouli, and German chamomile will leave a tint but not an oily ring.

Send your oils to a lab for testing if you will be using them for professional reasons. For aromatherapists and naturopaths, it might be worthwhile to send oils to a lab for chemical testing. This will ensure that the chemical makeup of the oil is indeed pure and what is labelled on the bottle.[9]
The two means of testing are Gas Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry. These tests are often performed together in a lab, and will show whether there are any “adulterants” in the oil.[10]

EditWarnings
Essential oils should never be ingested unless you are under the care of a trained professional.

If you are doing home testing on your oils, make sure you’re working in a space that is well-ventilated to prevent overwhelming or unpleasant scents.

If you’re unsure about the quality of an essential oil, hold off on buying it until you are able to verify that it is pure.

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How to Wear a Backless Dress

Backless dresses are an elegant, striking look for anyone looking to make a statement by showing some skin. They can be a great choice for formal and semi-formal events, but many avoid them because they can be intimidating to wear. However, if you pick the right undergarments, take good care of your skin, and accessorize properly, you can feel comfortable and beautiful in a backless dress at your next big occasion.

EditSteps
EditChoosing Undergarments
Try a low-back bra if you need more support. These bras have a band that wraps around your stomach and lower back, providing your chest with an ample amount of support while remaining hidden beneath your dress. If you have a larger bust, this is the choice you should consider first.[1]
Some bras can be converted into low-back bras. This is a great option if you want to invest in an undergarment you can wear every day.

Cover up with stick-on silicone gel petals if you need less support. If your bust is smaller, you might be able to get away without wearing any support. However, if you choose to go braless, you can risk exposing yourself through thin or light-colored fabric. Avoid this by sticking specialized gel petals over your nipples.[2]
If you’re looking for a simple, inexpensive coverage option, putting band-aids on your nipples can work just as well as wearing gel petals.[3]

Try an adhesive bra if you have a small- to moderately-sized bust. It provides a little more coverage and support than gel petals, but offers a similar guarantee that no straps or clasps will peek through the back of your gown. It offers less support than a low-back bra, and for this reason, it may offer inadequate support to larger-busted women.[4]

Consider a bra with a transparent back for subtlety and support. These bras are similar to strapless bras, but instead of a visible band and clasp, the back of the bra is made up of clear plastic or sheer fabric.[5] If you enjoy wearing strapless bras, but the one you usually wear will show through your backless dress, this is an excellent alternative. It’s also a more supportive option for women with medium to large busts.

Choose a halter bra for dresses with higher backs and halter necks. Some backless dresses go around the neck and only expose a small portion of your back. For these dresses, you may be able to hide a halter style bra beneath your dress. This is another supportive option for women with larger busts.[6]
Be sure to try this type of bra on with your dress to ensure that your dress covers up the clasp. It’s a good rule of thumb to try any type of bra on with your dress in advance of the night you plan to wear it – if the bra fits poorly or is too visible beneath the dress, you’ll want time to find an alternative.

EditStyling Your Backless Dress
Practice proper posture to look confident and poised in your dress. Hold your head high, your shoulders back, and your chest out. Straight posture will draw attention to your back and enhance your look, so try your best to avoid slouching or hunching over.[7]
Tucking your stomach in and bearing weight primarily on the balls of your feet can help you stand taller. It’s also helpful to keep your head on a level plane by making sure your earlobes are directly above your shoulders.[8]

Choose minimal, elegant jewelry to counterbalance your daring dress. Accessories are an important part of any outfit, but the primary purpose of a backless dress is to show off your back. Jewelry that’s prominent or flashy can draw attention away from the true focus of your look.[9]
Instead of a bold piece of statement jewelry, choose a simple yet elegant pair of dangling earrings or a delicate bracelet to add just a touch of sparkle to your look.[10]

Pick a pair of shoes that complements your dress without distracting from it. People usually wear backless dresses to more formal occasions or events. As such, it’s usually appropriate to choose a fancy pair of evening shoes – usually heels – to go with your dress. Just make sure that your footwear doesn’t steal the spotlight from your gown.[11]
If your dress is sequined, patterned, or otherwise embellished, it’s a safe bet to choose simpler,solid-colored shoes. If both your dress and your shoes are elaborate, they may clash with each other.

Black shoes tend to go well with many different colors. Metallic and nude shoes can also be versatile. But if you want to experiment with an unexpected color choice, try picking shoes that are the same color as your dress, but a slightly different shade.[12]

Avoid accessories, such as scarves, that cover your neck or back. Again, you want your back to be the focal point of your look. Necklaces can also create a disruption by drawing the eye to a clasp or an adjustable chain instead of your back.[13]
Necklaces that are designed to drape down over your back are an exception to this rule. These tend to be fairly delicate, and are designed to be worn with backless dresses and shirts.

Keep climate in mind while choosing accessories. If you are attending an outdoor event that might be a little chilly, wear a shrug, shawl, or jacket. You certainly want to show off your back at every chance you get, but you should prioritize your comfort – backless looks expose a lot of skin and can leave you vulnerable to the cold.[14]

Pin up your hair to highlight the style of your dress. You may have long, luxurious locks, but if they cover your entire back, there is not much point in wearing a backless dress. Choose a hairdo that sweeps your hair up and away in order to show off your back.[15]
Updos often complement a backless gown. Try a sleek, simple bun, or attempt a more elaborate style involving twists or braids.[16]

Try a half-up, half-down hairstyle for a demure, mysterious look. If updos aren’t your thing, try keeping your hair partially down. Allow part of it drape down your back, but make sure that enough of your skin still shows through. Covering up slightly can heighten the attractiveness of a backless dress.[17]
Try curling your hair in loose waves, then sweep it to the side and across your shoulder to reveal a section of your back.[18]

EditCaring for Your Skin
Use an antibacterial acne wash to clear and prevent breakouts. Even if you are not prone to back acne, regularly washing your back with an acne wash is a good way to ward off stray pimples and keep your skin looking smooth. Choose a formula that contains benzoyl peroxide for maximum effectiveness.[19]
If you’re having trouble washing the entirety of your back, try an antibacterial skin spray. These are easy to apply, and they pack the same cleansing punch as anti-acne soaps or scrubs.[20]

Shed sweaty clothes to prevent back breakouts. Being active can increase the risk of developing acne on your back, shoulders, and chest. After getting sweaty, try to change out of your wet clothes and shower right away to clear away oil and bacteria from your skin. If you remember to do this each time you work out, you’ll be more likely to have clear skin on your back, which will help you feel confident in your backless dress.[21]

Avoid conditioners that contain panthenol to keep your skin clear. For some, products that contain this chemical can increase the risk of breakouts around the hairline and across the back. Skip these products if you can, or carefully wash your back with body wash or antibacterial scrub after rinsing the conditioner out of your hair.[22]

Moisturize the skin on your back to keep it healthy and blemish-free. After you wash, apply a light moisturizer or lotion over your back to keep the skin from drying out. This is an especially important step for those who have dry or sensitive skin.[23]
Using moisturizer soothes dry skin, but it can also prevent further acne breakouts. If your skin is dry, it produces more pore-clogging oil. Keeping your skin soft and hydrated with an oil-free moisturizer can curb excess oil and guard against resulting acne.

Regularly look at your back in a full-length mirror to ensure that you feel ready to show it off. After you begin your skincare regimen, check up on your skin to make sure you’ll be comfortable baring it in your backless dress. If you cannot see it by craning your head, use a hand mirror to assist you. Stand with your back to the full-length mirror and hold the hand mirror in front of you. Move the hand mirror around until you can clearly see the reflection of your back in the full-length mirror.[24]

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