Diapers, check. Cleaning supplies, check. Lip balm, check. Lifestyle book, check. Everything seems to be falling into place for Jessica Alba these days. A year ago, the actress and mom of two — Honor, 4, and Haven, 1 — had just launched The Honest Company as an eco-friendly baby and household cleaning product company. Today, the business has expanded to include lifestyle products, and Jessica's just published The Honest Life: Living Naturally and True to You, a guide to creating a healthy and chic home for the family. Filled with everything from toxins to avoid in furniture and decor items to Jessica's beauty, decorating, and parenting tips — including crafts and recipes her girls love — the book is a handbook for the hip, modern mom.
Celebrating the launch of the book, we sat down to talk with Jessica about her honest life over eco-friendly manicures yesterday.
PopSugar: What is the "honest life" for you?
Jessica Alba: It's functional, it's practical, it's not overly expensive, and it's authentic. It's what works for me. It's not judgmental.
PS: Is green living something you've always tried to do, or is it something you adopted once you became a mom?
JA: I never really knew anything about toxic chemicals or that I needed to look at ingredients until I was pregnant. That's certainly when the moment of awareness of what's in your environment and how it affects your health — this little person that you are all of a sudden responsible for. As I was doing research, it just felt like if you wanted to be eco or if you wanted to be healthier or green, everyone was so extreme — you had to be vegan or you had to do yoga every day and meditate. I believe all of that is great, but it's just so extreme. There had to be an in-between. I can be modern, young, and hip. You can eat meat if you want to, and you can wear makeup. You can live your life, but you can just make better choices.
PS: What was the first thing you changed in your life? Or the first product you threw away?
JA: I threw out pretty much all of my cleaning products. That was the first thing, because I was frustrated with green washing. Then I went to beauty after that. What am I putting on my body, what am I inhaling? That's going directly to my baby. Then, I was putting together my house at the time, so I was looking for the right materials. That was a whole other thing — trying to find what to even stuff your couches with, and how you find fabrics that aren't sprayed with flame-retardants, and wallpaper and paint. I was doing all of it at the same time.