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The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  1,971 ratings  ·  215 reviews
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 T ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 12th 2013 by Rodale Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jaclyn Day
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I’ve blogged prolifically (annoyingly?) about our use of Honest products. When I pre-ordered this book, I expected it to be a long advertisement for Honest products with a few eco-friendly tips thrown in here and there. I was pleasantly surprised to find out it’s actually a good book in its own right and I found it useful and applicable to my life. There are a few throwaway sections, but it’s an engaging, thorough book and one of the more approachable ones I’ve found about making eco-friendly ch ...more
C.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I began this book with a cynical attitude. What has an actress, with youth, money, looks, and fame that I will never see, got to teach me about living honestly?

A lot, actually.

While this book is part springboard for Ms. Alba's "The Honest Company," which offers non-toxic products for the family, it would be a mistake to take that as the only purpose of the book. Inside of a veritable encyclopedia of information on living non-toxically in a chemically-laden world, and while The Honest Company's
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Trisha
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm so happy I bought this book. I was skeptical at first, but I love Jessica Alba and personally I think she always looks great and takes great care of herself so I thought I'd give this book a try. Being a mom of two myself and trying to navigate in the world of organics and less toxic chemicals for my family, I found this book to be refreshing. She starts the book with a great introduction on her life: childhood, being pregnant for the first time, her relationship as a mom and with her own mo ...more
Louise
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
2.5 stars

(Disclaimer: I have friends who work at The Honest Company, and I am in love with their new office, so I may be biased. Also, reading this may make you want to buy their products.)

This is not something I would typically pick up to read, but I was trying out Oyster and it was one of the few books available that caught my eye. As soon as I started reading it, I found similarities between the book and those magazines you'd read while waiting for your appointment at
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Sondra
Apr 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Alba gives a lot of really solid advice on cleaner and healthier living in home care and heath and beauty. Where the book doesn't entirely make sense is in the fashion section. There's nothing really 'clean' or 'honest' about most of her designer choices, so to me it didn't make sense to make that part of the book. Not to mention some of her examples, like Tory Burch, are not really affordable for most people. The cleaning section was very well done, as well as the beauty. I just wish that in th ...more
Ash
Mar 15, 2013 rated it liked it
I was surprised on how much I liked The Honest Life by Jessica Alba. This book offers clear, sound and non judgmental advice on all aspects on how you live your life including food choices, clothes, skincare, maternal, home improvement, etc. Alba backs up her sources with websites and references and also from hands-on experience. She is the President of The Honest Company, Its mission is its dedication to giving non toxic but effective products to harried mothers everywhere in a cheap and ecomon ...more
Nikki
May 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I really, really liked this book! I had already been doing some research before starting this book so some of the information I had already learned, but it definitely doesn't hurt to read it again. There is so much misleading information out there, making us think we're buying safer products when we really aren't. I think this is a really good resource to refer back to as needed. I liked how she covered all the topics that are important to women in their home/personal lives. Of course ...more
Berfu
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what to expect of this when I picked it up, but I am happy to say that I enjoyed it. It was informative without being too technical. The information was also interesting and relevant to each of the sections. The organization of this book was well done as well and it is easy to reference back to information. In addition, I enjoyed the little anecdotes and stories throughout as I am a fan of Jessica Alba.

That being said, there were sections that I skipped over. Namely the parts on k
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Emily
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fabulous book filled with easy to understand information, advice and facts about the dangers of chemicals. Covers everything from home cleaning products to baby products to makeup. Loved how she recommends products not just from the Honest line. And her organization and style tips too. great reference book
Leslie
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good information about living a clean life
Brandy
Feb 02, 2014 added it
Birthday present from my aunt. So far, my son really enjoys the pictures of food.
Stacey
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I decided to read this book, I was a little skeptical about the information I was going to find inside. I related to the food section, as I am a non-believer in fad diets and rather strive to eat as heart healthy and nutritious as I can. I enjoyed the sections on beauty products and cleaning products (for our bodies and our homes). These are areas I don't know much about and would like to learn more. I think this book does a great job of keeping things understandable, but referencing websit ...more
Andrew
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I parked Mrs. Alba’s car while working valet today. Not only did I leave it up front I also helped her with her groceries. Living in a box apartment working 2 jobs, Mrs. Alba kindly gave me 5 dollar tip. To be honest I didn’t even read this book. Mrs. Alba was honest about how trash of a writer she is, therefore not giving me enough to purchase her book. My shift just started so I’m feeling good that I won’t go home with just enough to afford half a Spicy Deluxe from Chick-fil-A. Therefore I giv ...more
Yari
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a really great guide and intro to living a greener and cleaner lifestyle. Whether you're interested 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, definitely read this book. It's filled with Jessica's personal tips, tricks, and suggestions. She shares her knowledge and she's not preachy about it. Very relatable.
Katie
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5/4 ish stars. Lots of good information (some I knew, while some was new to me) that I found myself highlighting and putting post-it notes near. I will likely refer back to some of the information in the future.
Julie
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Not a whole lot of new or riveting info, but still a lovely book. Even I feel this book was written mainly to be a marketing tool for Jessica Alba's Honest products, I appreciate her realistic approach to making gradual changes.
Lara Campbell
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good way to prepare yourself for the real adult life in a healthy organic & Eco friendly way. Please read!!
Mamta Valderrama
Jul 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a fairly new mom, I like the practical suggestions for living a cleaner, more natural life. It's a quick read, I read it by the poo on vacation - it was just right for a light but helpful read.
Felicia
Aug 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Okay book. It took me a while to get through it. It is an easy read, but very contradictory on how I currently feel about The Honest Co. I used to be a big supporter.
Alainna
Mar 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm going to be honest here ( no pun intended!!)and say that I picked up this book on a whim because I love Jessica Alba as an actress! However; as I began reading it I was pleasantly surprised at how much information she has packed into this book. I'm trying to change my lifestyle by buying more natural beauty products and household products too. We're exposed to so many harmful chemicals everyday and just making a small change can really help! I love all of the information but most of all my f ...more
Claire
I did not have hero-worship before reading this book but I have a bit of it now. I can empathize with Alba somewhat: she struggled with sickness as a child, as did I, in a world that made her sick, where I struggle with food that makes me sick - and am starting to suspect the environment is making my family sick. So making a safe home means the world to me as well. Given this and the girly nature of this book, it was probably natural that I would like it.

I appreciate books that recog
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Carissa Brown
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A light and informative read. Laid out similar to a magazine. Although she does mention The Honest Company, it doesn't feel like she is trying to make a sale. She also mentions many other good, organic, companies to look into as well.
HBalikov
Jun 13, 2014 rated it liked it
My rating of The Honest Life, may not be fair. It is tough to be objective about a celebrity because there is so much ABOUT the person that you must wade through, unlike most authors. It may not be relevant, but its there: The stream of celebrity promotion; the roles she has played; the "desirable woman" of men's magazines; her causes and politics.

Among the topics in this book, she discusses food, cleaning, beauty, babies, home furnishing, and clothing. According to Alba, the book is about how
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Ashley Meyers
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Living a clean and healthy lifestyle can sometimes be overwhelming, but in Jessica Alba's The Honest Life, Alba reassures you that its tough but doable.
I love the way she writes this book. When I read it, I felt like we were having a cup of coffee and she was sharing some friend to friend tips and ideas on how to live a cleaner, healthier life.
Being a new mom, I only want what's best for my son and in this book, Alba covers everything from baby care to cleaning to personal style and beauty. Th
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Erica Fuhrman
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book!

This book is extremely informative and interesting. I could not put it down. I will definitely reference it many times and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in living a clean lifestyle -- especially moms and moms to be!
Shannon
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-the-bookshelf
I am probably slightly biased given my total girl crush on Jessica Alba, but I absolutely adored this book. And all bias (well most bias) aside, the book stands on its own two feet as enjoyable and educational even without the celebrity endorsement it possesses. I'd seen a few comments that it was simply a 272 page marketing blurb for her natural and eco-friendly range of products and organisation, The Honest Company, but I honestly (see what I did there) didn't find this to be the case at all. ...more
Chrissy
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
I admit that I was very hesitant to read a book by a rich and famous celebrity advising us common folks on how to live honestly and naturally. I mean, who wouldn't be skeptical, right? But, I tried to go into this with an open mind, putting aside the fact that the advice was coming from Jessica Alba.

And, honestly, I was genuinely surprised that I did enjoy the book and found it to be a relatively useful guide to beginning a lifestyle that is a little less reliant on all things chemic
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Victoria Colotta
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Did you know that there are flame retardants in kid's pajamas? What about that there is lead in lipsticks and children's face paint? Or better yet that there are GMO's (Genetically modified organisms) in canola, soybeans, and corn which are all part of the animal feed that could end up in our meat?

These are just a few things that I learned by reading The Honest Life by Jessica Alba. The book on a whole has a wealth of information that she has gathered. There are tips on food, beauty,
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Amber
Oct 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-loan
3.5 Stars. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Unlike many "green" books, this one advocates more of a moderate and common sense approach. There is no preaching that you "must" go vegan or only buy everything organic or swear off your favorite cosmetics. The book doesn't try to guilt you into revamping your entire life and every product you buy. What it does do is give you some helpful information (i.e. lists of chemicals to watch out for), good suggestions for manageable and affordable modi ...more
Noémy
Jul 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book made me feel like a failure at times but I ended up really enjoying it ;D If I had to be honest though, I'll admit that there are many many things that Jessica Alba adviced against (and with very good reasons too) that I, unfortunately, will probably never apply in my everyday life : I wish I could but I'm alway running after time enough as it is, so I'm not sure i'll ever be ready to commit to that kind of lifestyle. I admire people who do and very much respect what they're trying to ...more
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Jessica Marie Alba is an American model, television and film actress. She began her television and movie appearances at age 13 in Camp Nowhere and The Secret World of Alex Mack (1994). Alba rose to prominence as the lead actress in the television series Dark Angel (2000–2002). Alba later appeared in various films including Honey (2003), Sin City (2005), Fantastic Four (2005), Into the Blue (2005), Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silv ...more