After seeing her portray her acting prowess in Sin City or Fantastic Four. It would be difficult to believe that Jessica Alba would ever fit in any other place rather than the screen.
The actress, mother, wife, and most recently entrepreneur was faced with a dilemma when she was expecting her daughter, Honor. She had broken out in hives when washing her baby’s clothing and was afraid of the impact the detergent would have on her baby. When searching for a substitute detergent, Alba found that most baby products, in fact, were full of chemicals.
And Voila! A business idea was birthed.
Inspired by her own skin sensitivities and her daughter, she co-founded The Honest Company in 2011 to “help moms and to give all children a better, safer start.” The company guarantees that its products are made without potentially health-compromising chemicals or compounds.
Alba reflects, “If it was easy, everyone would do it. You have to be a little bit crazy; you have to have gumption and tenacity. A lot of people give up at the first roadblock. But, for entrepreneurs, if there isn’t another road, we create it. We break concrete; we throw dynamite; we figure it out.”
In 2012, the company’s first year, sales reached $10 million. In 2014, the company made $170 million in sales. In 2015, it was valued at $1.7 billion. What originally began as a beauty line has since grown into a billion-dollar 500-plus-employee business that sells safe and healthy baby, personal care, cleaning products and more.

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