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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books; 1 edition (March 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609619110
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609619114
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (271 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


This month it's all about Jessica Alba's The Honest Life...She knows her stuff. (ZEST MAGAZINE)

A godsend to all moms on a mission to lead an environmentally-friendly life, this treasured tome gives insight on everything from maintaining a clean diet (recipes included!) to cool decor ideas and how to achive an au natural beauty look...Hurry and get your hands on a copy of Alba's The Honest Life to add to your spring reads. (THE ZOE REPORT.COM)

The Honest Life is truly something that everyone needs to read. It's an eye-opener. (

It's the kind of book you can read cover-to-cover (as I did) and then keep handy as a quick reference when you're making your grocery list or want to find a good non-toxic lipstick to try or a VOC-free paint for your new baby's nursery. (What Would Gwyneth Do)

Alba's book is very relatable, and she breaks down her lifestyle decisions for readers in an approachable, realistic way. Her passion for this lifestyle is evident and inspiring: being eco-friendly doesn't mean you have to give up everything enjoyable in life (Inhabitots)

The insights are eye-opening, the tips are helpful, the recipes look delicious (

This book is not preachy or filled with lengthy scientific definitions. This book is friendly, smart and honest.

I felt healthier, more energized and positive after just reading it! I also felt inspired to treat myself and my family better by making some simple changes and seeking out creative ways to live a better life each day. I really enjoyed this book and believe I will go back to reference it often. It's a great girlfriends guide to living an eco-savvy stylish lifestyle.


The Honest Life by Jessica Alba is an indispensable handbook for healthy, sustainable, stylish and affordable living. (

Features useful and affordable tips for leading a natural lifestyle. (

I found this book to be as great to look at as it is to read…the easy-to-follow tips are real, relatable, and realistic. (Albany Times Union)

The pages are filled with lots of easy to read and find information, not to mention beautiful photos and stories… this has been a great way to grab a tip or two as I need them and flag them for later. (Mommas Gone City)

This book is refreshingly down-to-earth, and its user-friendly format throughout each section makes living naturally fun, easy and attainable. The photos are gorgeous, and it inspires and reminds us to keep picking up those healthy habits and to share them with friends and family. (

A chatty, down-to-earth guide on greening your life without compromising your style…Alba's tips are mostly accessible and low-stress. (The Austin American Statesman)

It's chock full of useful information that you've always wanted to know but have never really had the time to sit down and research. ..The Honest Life is an indispensable handbook for healthy, sustainable, stylish and affordable living. (

About the Author

Jessica Alba is a Golden Globe-nominated actress, committed environmentalist and social justice activist, and co-founder of The Honest Company. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two young daughters.

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Customer Reviews

I bought this book last week to read while on vacation.
Banana Anna
Absolutely obsessed with this book and carry it around with me so I can slowly start to make simple life changes to better myself and my health.
Kaylie Ruth
This is an easy book to read and full of good information.
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275 of 287 people found the following review helpful By krissskrosss on 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!!
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224 of 237 people found the following review helpful By BettyBoop on April 14, 2013
Format: 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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84 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Banana Anna on March 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
I bought this book last week to read while on vacation. I finished it in 2 days.... This book made me want to spring clean my house as soon as I returned (and I did)!! A book that can excite me about cleaning and make the process enjoyable is worth 5 stars to me. I'm really into organic skin care and makeup, and that's why I primarily purchased this book. I wasn't expecting to like the "cleaning" and "home" sections of the book the most. I'm a single young woman, so this book is not just for mothers with children. I would divide the book into 5 categories: beauty, style, cleaning, home and kids. A few tips I've learned from the book that I didn't know before:

1. Put non-chlorine bleach at the bottom of your toilet brush to keep it from getting icky.
2. Using vodka mixed with essential oils as an air freshener spray
3. Products that result in off-gassing, such as polyurethane coating for hardwood floors and furniture, cabinets that are used with glue and wallpaper adhesives. There's not too much I can do now that I've already done some home remodeling, but I have the knowledge now if I ever move into a different home....

Jessica Alba mentions her "Honest" line of products throughout the book. When I initially noticed this, I was a bit turned off, because I thought this book would just end up as a plug for her product line. I then went on the Honest website, and I noticed that the products were actually affordable and seemed decent. I'm a sucker and ended up purchasing a handful of products. I received my products the other day, and I've already used just about every single one. I'm sure this whole product line will be available at health food stores in no time (rather than ordering a big box online).
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