Jessica Alba doesn’t identify with the ‘100 percent from nature’ people


Jessica Alba is on the September cover of Allure. The cover has been out for weeks, but Allure keeps releasing new quotes from the piece, and some of the latest quotes are sort of interesting. I’ve come back around on Alba, much to the bemusement of many commenters. I used to not care for Alba whatsoever, but she’s grown on me a lot in the past few years. Part of that is her maturation and part of it is that she’s no longer trying to convince people that she’s some serious actress. She founded The Honest Company and she’s now worth hundreds of millions of dollars (on paper), so she just takes occasional acting gigs for fun at this point. She’s currently promoting Mechanic: Resurrection. Some highlights from the interview:

She doesn’t think all chemicals are “evil”: “Everything is a chemical. Water is a chemical. I’m not against chemicals. I care about human health, and I want whatever is safest and healthiest. Some people can have very extreme points of view. I created the Honest Company because I’m not extreme. I couldn’t identify with people who wanted to do everything completely 100 percent from nature. I don’t have a garden growing my own organic fruits and vegetables. I don’t have an organic farm where I’m raising my own livestock. That’s not my reality. So I want the best options that work for me without me feeling like I want to compromise on health or safety. Honest is about that happy medium, and not extreme.”

She didn’t go to college: “I would tell my younger self you are smarter than you think you are. I always felt like because I didn’t go to college, I wasn’t smart. That’s not the case. I wouldn’t be so hard on myself about being accepted [by others]. I cared so much about everyone liking me. If I could just spend a little less time thinking about what other people thought, I think that would’ve freed me up [to focus on myself].”

Makeup regrets: “I actually wore too much makeup when I was a teenager. I wore a full face, and I probably [should have] worn a lot less. I didn’t know that there was the no-makeup makeup look until I was in my 20s. I used to use a foundation stick and just rub it all over my face, and then I would break out. Then I would wear more makeup to cover the breakout. The most important foundation is great skin.

Tanning beds really aren’t cool: “I did it a little bit as a teenager and a young adult. I remember it was a trend, and we all used to do it. You put the sticker on to see how dark you got. I would go to my cousins’ dances, like the Sadie Hawkins dance, and we would get a fake tan before. I would never do a tanning bed ever [now].

Don’t overpluck your eyebrows: “I got really excited about hair removal when I started shaving. I plucked the crap out of my eyebrows. I wouldn’t recommend [doing] that because it really is hard for your hair to grow back, if it ever does.

Protect your hands. “I would tell myself to wear gloves. Back in the day, if I was washing dishes or doing any housework that used a detergent, my hands got ruined. I never used gloves. Now, I have more gentle products so people don’t need to use gloves, but back then I didn’t have that. I would also tell myself to use sunscreen and lotion liberally on my hands. [My hands] are the things that look not-my-age.

Think twice before getting a tattoo. “You’re never going to be in the same place emotionally and mentally at 18 that you are at 20 or 25 or 30. Something that’s meaningful to you when you’re younger is not going to be meaningful to you five years later. Understand that tattoos are forever. I have a few tattoos. I’m not into them now the way that I was.

[From Allure]

I also wish I had understood more about skincare and makeup when I was a teenager. I was always going to have oily skin, but I made it so much harder on myself by thinking that I should wear foundation or concealer… when I was like 16! There was nothing to conceal! Now that there’s something to conceal, I couldn’t give a f—k. Re: eyebrows and plucking… is it just me or have a lot of celebrity women been giving that advice lately? It seems like #PluckingRegrets are real. I wish I could overpluck and train my eyebrows to not be crazy, but they always grow back. As for the talk about chemicals and how she’s not extreme… sure. I read that as a little bit of shade directed towards the celebrity women who do push those kinds of “everything has to be all-natural, all the time!” narratives.


Photos courtesy of Allure.

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  1. QQ says:

    JEWELRY!! omg all of it is so divine

  2. Pandy says:

    Ha, I see her not 100% natural as her finally coming clean about her dishonest marketing practices. #stillanirritant
    But I do agree with her about tattoos.

  3. Moneypenny says:

    A good interview. I appreciate her comments on the chemicals and finding a happy medium–I too will never be that person making soap, etc. to avoid chemicals. She’s known to not be so nice, but apparently it is insecurity. She is gorgeous and has done very well for herself–she seems to be becoming more secure, which is lovely to see.

    • shelly* says:

      Also I bet a lot of the Hollywood types who bang on about being chemical free (as they wave to the maid doing the actual cleaning) are stuffed full of Botox and fillers.

  4. ygsf says:

    So how many times now has the “Honest Company” been sued now for dishonest claims? 4? 5?She is so full of it, now saying she doesn’t think all chemicals are evil seems to be a way around acknowledging that she is indeed putting crap into her products.

    • Flowerchid says:

      This +10000

      Her company made a lot of claims in its advertising about being “100% chemical free”. Only to back track now after the fact.

    • Val says:

      Plus the “water is a chemical, everything is a chemical!” is pure PR-crafted…

  5. Kris says:

    She is so beautiful.

  6. Amaria says:

    I agree with her on that one.

    Everything is “chemicals”. Bloody water is dihydrogen monoxide! But some people seem to get scared whenever they encounter a substance they can’t easily pronounce. The ideology of “natural” vs “artificial”, especially when one assumes that “natural=good&beneficial, artificial=evul”, is rather laughable. Having running water and electricity at home is artificial. Dying of polio is natural. Those hipster folks who wash their laundry with “organic nuts” still wouldn’t want to switch places with medieval people (cities with no sanitation, anyone? Or Plague?).

    • Snarkweek says:

      Well said although had Alba been this honest she might have avoided some backlash.

      • yellow says:

        With all respect, I feel it’s important to point out here that this argument holds little weight due to focusing on semantics and black vs white, when that is not reality. There are many shades of grey in between.

        All chemicals, organic and artificial things are not “equal”. Reverse the argument and suggest that someone eat, drink or lather in any old chemical… Or if you prefer to buy a certain perfume or product, what’s the difference, just buy generic, then… Fill-up the gas tank with water… afterall, it’s all the same.

        Like anything, it’s up to the buyer to do their homework on what matters to them. If it matters not to you, just as well. … Cheers.

  7. Jo says:

    I think our skin tries to correct itself when we over use products. Chemicals are not so much ‘bad’ as several can be irritants to skin. I got my first tattoo this year, before I turned 35. I am so pleased with it and plan on getting two more in the future. I’d say think on the tattoo design for 6 months to a year before booking an appointment. Mine are very meaningful designs, which no one would understand unless they ask for my story.

  8. Cody says:

    Another reason not to over pluck your eyebrow’s is you may end up hypo thyroid later in life and you may lose part of your eyebrow’s with that.