The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You


As a new mom, Jessica Alba wanted to create the safest, healthiest environment for her family. But she was frustrated by the lack of trustworthy information on how to live healthier and cleaner?delivered in a way that a busy mom could act on without going to extremes. In 2012, with serial entrepreneur Brian Lee and environmental advocate Christopher Gavigan, she launched The Honest Company, a brand where parents can find reliable information and products that are safe, stylish, and affordable.

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  1. krissskrosss says:
    299 of 312 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Thank you for the Honesty, Jessica Alba!, March 12, 2013
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    I lived blissfully unaware of just how bad so many of our products are until my youngest was born and we discovered he had vicious allergies and asthma right from the start. It took going through a lot of doctors to find anyone even remotely interested in finding the problem instead of just masking symptoms with chemical creams and steroids. And this was back before allergens had to be clearly listed on labels. I spent countless sleepless nights on research and turning my house and our lives upside down trying to rid our house of as much crap as I could. My friends and family thought I was going nuts and OCD -I probably was!- but I was really just a mom looking to give my baby boy some relief and had virtually no one to help me. As I read The Honest Life, all I keep thinking was “If only this book and brand existed 10 years ago!!” The sanity, sleep, frustration, and tears it would have saved me!!

    Whether you’re invested in doing a whole lifestyle change or just looking for some clean products and tips on how to cut chemical and toxin exposure from your life a little bit, definitely read this book. Even if you already know most of the information, it’s filled with Jessica’s personal tips, tricks, and suggestions, which can be helpful for anyone.

    You also don’t have to join a hippie commune in order to make substantial changes. Jessica herself admits on page one – she eats meat, doesn’t have time for cloth diapers, and doesn’t grow her own food. She and her husband even eat and love bacon. You’ll be amazed how simple most changes are. She does admit that she has the money to eat completely organic and buy the crazy expensive Eco-friendly chemical free crib mattresses, but understands that most people don’t. (Thank you!!)

    Jessica explains that this is her way of natural living. It may not be for everyone. But everyone CAN get some very useful information from this book. It’s up to you what you choose to do with it. “No judgement! No guilt!”

    The breakdown of book:

    Introduction – Jessica explains how it all started for her – even though signs had been there all along (allergies, always getting sick and serial bouts of pneumonia, etc), all it took was a reaction to the fragrance in laundry detergent to open up the floodgates for her. Fans of Alba will find this interesting, too, as she discusses some of her early years. She also debunks the ever-frustrating rebuttal of “But we used that when we were kids and we’re fine!” (Again, thank you!)

    Chapter 1 – Food: The basics of what eating “honest” is, what her diet entails, eating as local as possible (with some very useful links on how to), foods that are the highest in pesticide absorption, foods that resist pesticides the best, the basic lowdown about GMO’s, tips on how to eat certain foods and what eating seasonally entails, cooking tips, snack ideas (especially for kids!), and the bads of plastics. She also touches on party ideas and even the subject of weight loss. Newcomers will gain a lot of helpful information and tips from this chapter, making it feel much less overwhelming. Just remember, this is Jessica’s way of living. My family doesn’t eat nuts or tofu (soy), but she does and so do millions of others. It’s okay to pick what doesn’t work for you.

    Chapter 2 – Personal Clean Care: Jessica states, “One hundred percent of women of childbearing age have detectable levels of phthalates in their system probably due to cosmetic use.” Don’t buy into “hypoallergenic”, “fragrance free” and “green” claims – they’re still too often loaded with chemicals. And you don’t have to have allergies, rashes, or rashes to be effected. These chemicals are linked to all sorts of things from hormone imbalances to cancer. Jessica helps break down how to find the safe products. Yes, she has her own product line. But she’s not pushing it on you. She clearly states there are other brands and all-natural products at your disposal. This chapter was incredibly helpful for me because, even after years of research, food has become easy, but hygiene products are still a challenge.

    Chapter 3 – Make up & Beauty: Even more helpful for me than chapter 2 because safe makeup is even harder to come by and even more difficult for women to give up. Jessica breaks down the good, the bad, the ugly, and what your safe options are.

    Chapter 4 – Personal Style: This chapter is less on chemicals and toxins and more on Jessica’s personal style and how she picks what makes her feel happy and comfortable in her own skin. It’s a fun, light chapter and will appeal to Jessica’s fans much more than those reading just for clean living tips. It does touch on dry cleaning.

    Chapter 5 – Your Home’s Style: It’s about finding a style for your home that is both minimalist and stylish, which can often be tricky. But, it offers information on safer products like carpets and paint, too. Go for real wood (vintage…

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  2. 294 of 309 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    somewhat informative, April 14, 2013
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    BB (florida) –

    This review is from: The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You (Paperback)
    I pre-ordered this book as soon as i saw it was going to come out. I read very eagerly, and i liked a lot of what she had to say on nutrition, and i liked getting to see what she uses in her daily life. But a lot of it, I felt, was a bit repetitive and could probably have been condensed into a magazine article.
    The book is filled with pictures, which i actually quite liked. There is also a great section at the back with an index. I also liked the tips on essential oils in the home.

    The reason it’s a 3 star for me, is that throughout the book Jessica would seem to condemn a certain way of living but then afterwards it would be a “no judgement!” remark, and then she would go on to say something she does that’s really “average joe” so she must be on the same level as normal folk – which I found to be really annoying!
    I also didn’t find the “style” section appealing to me, and how she organizes her scarves and bracelets does not interest me.
    There is also a portion of the book that talks about her house being organic and that you can fill organic stuffing into couches or something along those lines, which i found to be a bit radical and makes me wonder why everyone is saying this book is so “down to earth”. How many people can really and truly make their home completely organic and “clean” without quite a bit of money and time to spare?

    I still have the book but I’ve only read it once, and to me that usually means i will not pick it up again. A lot of what i read i already knew.

    I’m actually quite scared on leaving this review because it’s against the trend. But I hope it will be of use to someone.
    I would say flip through it at a book store or library first, because a lot of this info you can find readily online. But it just wouldn’t be packaged in a jessica alba binding!

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  3. 1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great read with lots of good information!, January 7, 2015
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    This review is from: The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You (Paperback)
    Very enlightening! Initially I bought it because I was interested on creating a healthier home and after browsing the chapters on home, cleaning and beauty I was impressed with the amount of good researched information. I can now say I’ve read it from cover to cover and feel like it’s a book I’ll refer back to as time goes on and I try to implement more healthy living measures in my home. Jessica gives great information on how to live a healthy “Honest” life. From how to make your own easy natural cleaning products to why your furniture could be releasing toxic gasses and what junk is in women’s make-up; she covers so much and in an easy understandable language. I learned a lot from this book. At the end of the book theres even a reference guide to lots of websites and books she used while researching this book. Overall I was very please with this purchase and would recommend it to anyone interested in bettering their life and home one step at a time.
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