Hi. I’m Jacqueline Staph Jones. I live in Wilmington, North Carolina. I want to make smarter decisions about which makeup and skincare products I use.
Growing up, my dentist father was passionate about bringing much-needed dental care to disadvantaged people. My family spent summer vacations in places like Indonesia and Belize working in mobile dental clinics. I served as my dad’s assistant, gaining a fresh perspective on first world privilege.
Inspired by my father, I later majored in International Development at UCLA, with my primary interest being health issues affecting women in developing countries. I studied the staggering lack of resources that women around the world contend with. No clean water. Political disenfranchisement. A lack of basic health services. The things that I take for granted are a daily struggle for women elsewhere.
But what struck me is that women in the United States are barraged with an entirely different set of obstacles. Cancer, obesity, asthma and allergies… we have diseases of affluence. We have anything and everything at our fingertips. And it’s hurting us.
All that we possess–our choices, our relative wealth, our access–is working against us. Or at the very least, it’s compromising our wellness potential.
I am passionate about the issues that affect women’s health. And since all journeys start with one small step, I’ve decided to change things in my own home and on my own bathroom counter.
This site chronicles that journey.