Essential Women: Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

Actress & Founder of The Honest Company & Honest Beauty

Jessica Alba

Actress & Founder of The Honest Company & Honest Beauty
Jessica Alba has never allowed anyone to define her. Talented actress turned innovative entrepreneur and soon-to-be mother of three, she has proven to women time and again that they are always capable of evolving to follow their calling.
Trust your instincts, do your homework and put your
family first, always.
Her ever-expanding business, The Honest Company, was founded with the mission to empower people to live happy, healthy lives with safe, effective products that perform. Alba founded the company during her first pregnancy when she wasn't able to find non-toxic products that she trusted for her baby. Since then, her company has grown from baby products to household cleaners and even beauty, and we’re huge fans of everything she creates.

A dear friend to the brand, we spent the afternoon with Alba at her Los Angeles office to chat meaningful gifting this holiday season and reflect on the guiding philosophies behind her success. Her greatest insight? Trust your instincts, do your homework and put your family first, always. We couldn’t think of a better outlook to share with other multifaceted women who have decided to do it their own way.
As a female entrepreneur, what advice would you give to like-minded women?

Do your homework. Get a clear understanding of what it will really take to get your business off the ground. Set yourself up for success from an operational perspective by building a solid team—from the people that will help you execute on the day-to-day to those that will help secure funding to get it off the ground. Lastly, be bold enough to reach out to others who were once in your position, even if you don’t know them. Whether in your sector or another, they’ll have valuable insights that can only come with the act of doing.
My family is always my first priority… everything else is secondary. Period. And I try my best to live in the moment and take it one day at a time.
What has surprised you the most as an entrepreneur?

I’ve learned that I can trust my instincts—they’re generally right on.

What is Honest bringing that nobody else is?

I created Honest because I had to. I saw a huge white space in the marketplace; I needed a single brand that I could trust for products made with safety, efficacy, quality and beautiful design. And I knew I was just one of many parents looking for the same.

I’m passionate about the work we do because it’s transformative. We’re creating meaningful change by providing people with education, community and products that allow them to live happy, healthy lives.
How do you maintain a sense of priority in life?

My family is always my first priority…everything else is secondary. Period. And I try my best to live in the moment and take it one day at a time. I’ve found that when life is hectic, slowing down and being present helps me retain a sense of calm.

Who is your greatest female inspiration?

Shortly after I founded The Honest Company, I read a book that changed the way I looked at the world and my place in it: Leadership the Eleanor Roosevelt Way: Timeless Strategies from the First Lady of Courage. Despite being born into unfavorable circumstances and facing incredible adversity, she devoted her life to advocating for those whose voices deserved to be heard: women, African Americans and veterans, among others. Her words, “Never allow a person to tell you 'no' who doesn’t have the power to say 'yes'” will stay with me always.
I’m passionate about the work we do because it’s transformative.
What is your approach to gifting meaningfully during the holidays?

Gifting is so hard. I have people that I’ve worked with professionally for years that now feel like family, long-time friends and of course, my family members. I always want to give each person the perfect gift. I wish I had a fail-proof system that I could share, but I do love a brand like Cuyana that has so many different options—it allows me to curate a thoughtful, bundled experience for each.

What gift are you most excited to give this year?

I can never decide, but anything I can personalize is always a win.
Jessica is wearing:
Blush/Camel
blush/camel
  • grey/ecru
  • blush/camel

Lightweight Reversible Knitted Coat

100% Baby Alpaca,
$295
Made in Peru
Terracotta
blush
  • rust
  • black
  • blush
  • lipstick

Silk Slip Dress

3 Ply Crepe Silk,
$315
Made in the United States
Blush/Camel
grey/ecru
  • grey/ecru
  • blush/camel

Lightweight Reversible Knitted Coat

100% Baby Alpaca,
$295
Made in Peru
Terracotta
black
  • rust
  • black
  • blush
  • lipstick

Silk Slip Dress

Crepe De Chine Silk,
$260
Made in the United States
Jessica's holiday gift selections:
Stone
dark burgundy
  • navy
  • black
  • dark burgundy
  • stone
  • blush
  • caramel
  • ecru

Classic Leather Tote

Pebbled Leather,
$175
Made in the United States

Personalize this piece in your cart.

Red
ecru
  • red
  • soft grey
  • olive
  • navy/black
  • black
  • soft rose
  • blush
  • pearl grey
  • burgundy
  • sapphire
  • ecru

Leather Travel Case Set

Pebbled Leather,
$110
Made in Argentina

Personalize this piece in your cart.

Blush
blush
  • black
  • stone
  • blush
  • burgundy
  • textured black
  • caramel

Leather Backpack

Pebbled Leather,
$375
Made in Italy
Beige
nude
  • navy
  • nude
  • grey
  • black

Lightweight Cashmere Scarf

100% Scottish Cashmere,
$190
Made in Scotland
Black
black
  • bronze velvet
  • black velvet
  • black

Mini Bow Bag

Nappa Lamb Leather,
$250
Made in Italy