07 February 2013

Meeting Jessica Alba

There was a very special guest at Alt Summit this year...Jessica Alba!!  She was there because she founded The Honest Company, which was a sponsor of Alt Summit.  The Honest Company sells all natural cleaning and body products which makes me so, so happy.  :)

Because time was short, only a few people were chosen by Honest to actually meet Jessica.  I don't know how we got so lucky, but we were chosen!!  When we arrived for our time, the girls from Honest knew who we were right away and were actually GIDDY over us.  What?!?  :)  It turns out they had been reading our blog and said it was their "blog crush."  So, so sweet.  They knew our story and everything.  I was kind of dying over that.

They also let us know that because of bad weather, Jessica was delayed. That meant the room was quiet and really, it was just us (the crowds were still at lunch). We proceeded to have a great little chat but just then, Jessica arrived.  She was kind and gracious to everyone as she settled in, even though I'm sure the day had been hectic.   So there we were, the first people to meet Jessica...


Our conversation with her was wonderful.  She was really, really great to talk with.  She told us why she started her company (she had a reaction to a skin product which made her more aware of what she was putting on her skin and on her children's skin.)  She talked about how becoming a mother made her feel like it was up to her to protect her kids - but that she also felt like she wanted to help other families to do the same.  She talked about her passion to make clean and natural products accessible to families at ALL income levels...isn't that awesome??  I admire her so much for that.  (Honest's pricing is less than Whole Foods, but not quite as cheap as Costco.  It fits within prices you would see at Target, which is practically unheard of.)  We also talked about design.  She loves good design and wanted a product that didn't look like it was homemade in your yoga teacher's backyard.  :)  Of course, I was loving the entire conversation and it was right up my alley.  

 
Towards the end, she asked us if we'd like to ask her anything else.  Danny asked the perfect thing...


He told her that our blog is all about trying to live a life motivated by love...and asked her what that looks like for her.  I loved that he asked this, but was also worried for a split second.  I mean, that really put her on the spot.  But there was no need for me to worry - Jessica loved talking about love...

She said she learned about real love when she got married and later had a child.  She said it TOTALLY changed her life and helped her experience love in a way that she had never known before.  It was so clear that she just loved her children so much and loved being a mother to them.  She talked about how wonderful her husband was, which was really, really sweet, too.  She used to think it was important to keep up protective walls - but because of him, she learned to feel open and vulnerable.  You could tell her family meant the world to her - and that she knew the best kind of love because of them.

And for the record, I am IN LOVE with the products she gave us (chapstick and healing balm).  I had been looking for an all natural, gluten-free chapstick and this stuff is my new favorite thing.  (Yep, my lips actually react to chapsticks with gluten in them, which is really common and shows up as wheat oil or unrefined Vitamin E.  I just figured this out after years of noticing that some chapsticks made my lips lose a layer of skin.)   Anyway, I've been using my new chapstick a ton here in Hawaii and loving it.  And, the healing balm is the most nourishing balm full of natural oils.  It can be used for dry skin, diaper rashes.  She said even people with psoriasis have had amazing success with it.  I really can't wait to incorporate more Honest products into our household.  And I'll be especially happy to use their BABY PRODUCTS hopefully in the near future!  :)  :) 

How about you guys?  How do you feel about using all-natural / toxic free products?  I must say, it's been a journey for me to come around to it completely, but I've seen enough studies about toxic products now that I'm totally convinced it's worth paying attention to.  I'm so curious to hear how you feel about it. 

(photos by Justin Hackworth, Jen & Sarah from Honest and my friend, Koseli, who snapped a photo when she saw us talking to Jessica :)


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19 comments:

  1. How cool that you got to do this!

    I'm curious about this though... According to this review (http://www.babygearlab.com/Disposable-Diaper-Reviews/The-Honest-Company-Diapers) the Honest Company diapers contain petroleum-based chemical SAP, even though they claim that their diapers are 100% free of synthetic chemicals. And Jessica Alba once said in an interview that her diapers don't contain SAP. I honestly wonder if she didn't know that at the time of the interview, but I really hope they change their marketing material to be more accurate.

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  2. I have become totally passionate over the past few years about using all natural products on my skin and in my home. I got really freaked out one day when I realized that breathing the fumes of my shower cleaner actually made my lungs hurt! I've switched to using a combination of vineager, baking soda, and kosher salt for cleaning and love that I don't have to worry about what it's doing to my skin or my lungs! I've also switched to mostly natural products for my skin- mainly olive oil and coconut oil. I love it! I'm excited to check out Honest's products and see what else I can replace with more natural solutions and I LOVE their price point!

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  3. What an awesome post! She sounds like such a lovely person. I love that she is using her success to now do things that she is passionate about. The move towards all natural products is already gaining momentum, but with people like her on it's side- it can only grow more!! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. I would LOVE to be more natural, but the reality is that isn't a feasible economical solution for me. Everything healthier (and greener) is always sooooo much more expensive. So really, this sounds like the EXACT thing I need. That is great to hear about! (and sooo cool that Jessica Alba is such a nice person in real life, that makes me like her even more!)

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    1. You can be more natural even without buying name brand products. I make my own laundry detergent, mouthwash, cleaning products etc. All you really need is vinegar, baking soda, bar soap...and you can clean your house safely! :-)

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  5. I had no idea she had her own company and was such a healthy activist! That is so cool that you got to meet her!! =)

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  6. Our family has been using Honest Company shampoo and conditioner for the past few months and really like it. The price is great and we love the sweet orange vanilla smell!

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    1. I'm glad to hear that - I've been curious about the shampoos & conditioner...

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  7. Thank you for this Blog that you have made. This is a very interesting one. nice work..

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  8. what the what! I gave up gluten a couple months ago and have always had a problem with super dry lips. I need to look into this chapstick thing!

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  9. Wow! This is soo cool!! You guys are like regular supa stars now!! Meeting and doing all sort of celebrity things. ;- ). It's fun to see how popular and well known you guys are becoming.

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  10. I read an interview with Alba a long time ago and in it, she was just thinking about starting a natural ingredient company. I had since forgotten about it and I'm so glad she's followed through with her ideas. I'm really MOST impressed with the pricing structure. Pricing and costing is one of the least fun things about starting a business and I'm very pleased she put a lot of thought into it.

    PS: On the chapstick, that's how I found out I was allergic to petroleum based products and aloe.

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  12. Wow! How cool is this! So awesome--sounds like it was a real, genuine conversation. That's what was probably so inspiring about the whole thing, I bet.
    Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo,
    Sierra
    Oh, Just Living the Dream

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  13. The pictures are BEAUTIFUL and you've given me a new image of her. I was referred here by a friend and now I gotta go thank them :)

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  14. Since being diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer in August last year, and now currently undergoing chemo treatments, I really started to look at what I was doing to keep my body safe and healthy. I cleaned houses to make extra money through high school and college, and was exposed to harsh chemicals, which in some studies, has been linked to breast cancer. Also, after my first treatment of chemo, my face broke out terribly. I did some research and found that any face products with alcohols or chemicals like fragrances, could irritate my skin. So I searched out natural products, some store bought, some homemade, and I am never going back! My skin hasn't broken out since switching, and I feel more at ease about using natural and organic products.

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    1. GOOD FOR YOU! All the best to you with all you are facing... xo

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  15. I love her so much!
    she's such a natural beauty.
    And a very good actor.

    Nice Blog regards,
    G Sportkleding

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  16. Its nice to hear that Jessica alba has founded the honest company. I have heard a lot about Jessica Alba Diapers. All the best to her.

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