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The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  2,038 ratings  ·  221 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
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
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
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 the dentist's office. No
Kathryn Gainey
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It did give me increased fear in just about every product I currently own, but I appreciate the information and advice. Jessica does seem down to earth and fairly realistic about parenting, cooking, decorating, etc. However, it’s obvious that not everyone can afford this lifestyle right out of the gate, if ever, myself included. I will definitely keep this book to reference it. She’s given me A LOT to think about. I plan on using what I have until it’s gone and will then try t ...more
Lindsey Rojem
This wasn't bad, it was mostly a list of all the chemicals found in things, why they're bad, and how to avoid them. A lot of the suggestions were products made by her own company, but not all. It was easy to read and I didn't feel that I had to force myself through it. ...more
Ariunaa Munkhbat
May 04, 2020 rated it liked it
A light read with enjoyable high quality visuals. Didn’t learn much new things but it provided a kindly reminder to think twice about what we eat, wear and use daily.
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
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
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
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
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
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Good information about living a clean life
Feb 02, 2014 added it
Birthday present from my aunt. So far, my son really enjoys the pictures of food.
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
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
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. ...more
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
As someone who's interested in living a more natural life, I found this book to be a good reference in different life aspects (ex beauty, home, food, etc) The reference sections in the back are gold. I rented this book from the library but there is so much great advice that I will be ordering this book with my next online order. ...more
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Owned for a long, long while & have read multiple times. Everyone has a different view on what a healthy lifestyle looks like and I'm glad she brought massive awareness to the field of environmental health by allowing people to see what the impact of their choices are as well as great alternatives to try. ...more
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. ...more
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lifestyle, thrive
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.
Al Swaney
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If you are interested in making your life more natural/chemical free, this book is an excellent resource! I felt I was already living a pretty toxic-free life but realized you can always be better! This book inspired me to make some really positive changes.
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
An easy-to-follow, practical read.
I don't think it is fair to judge it with the same judgmental standard as if you were reading written by an immunologist. Jessica Alba tells her honest story, duly citing her sources, and additionally provides a colorful array of cooking and fashion tips.
Jan 11, 2021 rated it liked it
I had this one for a couple years but never really did much with it. Her health insights were good but other than flipping thru it from time to time, I didn’t really go back to it much. It got dusty on top of my frig.
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. ...more
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.
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!!
Maria Pettit
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some good clean and simple recipes are included. Also great tips on when purchasing organic is the most important (the dirty dozen explained).
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
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.

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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), ...more

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