Sophie is an Internationally renowned Green and Healthy Living expert. She is the author of New York Times best-selling, book, Gorgeously Green. She has written three additional books, on wellness, food, health and natural DIY’s (The Gorgeously Green Diet, Do it Gorgeously and most recently, Gorgeous For Good). Sophie’s education began in the UK where she studied clinical nutrition, homeopathy and aromatherapy, which led to her interest in healthy eating and making her own health and beauty products. Sophie is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, and a Certified Yoga teacher. She has appeared on numerous television shows, including Oprah, Good Morning America, The View, The Early Show, and Access Hollywood. Sophie has active audiences on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube, where she posts at least two videos every week. Sophie is also the resident green & healthy living expert on Hallmark’s Home & Family!
In Mom’s vegetable garden in England. I spent my summers messing around in that big, rambling yard, picking raspberries, sweet peas, and gooseberries, red currants and black currants. I helped her pin out the laundry on a 30-foot washing line, before taking off with my brother into the woods to build camps. We were absolutely connected to nature – it was the sweet, green air that we breathed.
Fast-forward 30 odd years, and I’m pregnant, and standing gazing over the concrete sprawl of Los Angeles, which has become my home. Something didn’t feel right. Our neighbor was spraying his perfect rose garden with chemicals that smelled weird. Someone told me that I shouldn’t eat tuna (which I craved,) because of its high mercury content. I began to read about neurotoxins and carcinogens in personal care products – and I suddenly had an epiphany: It’s our birthright to have clean air, food, and water, right? Right???? Being pregnant very suddenly bought me to my senses. OMG, I couldn’t believe that I needed to go and spend all our hard-earned money on air filters, bottled water and insanely expensive organic food. But, with the growing body of evidence that I was building from my somewhat obsessive research, I knew that something had to be done. Granted, I couldn’t wind back time and raise my daughter in that clean, bucolic countryside, but I could and would figure out a way of making my modern day life a little less toxic. This newfound passion led to my first book, Gorgeously Green, which found its way to Oprah Winfrey. With my buddy Julia Roberts championing my cause, Gorgeously Green became an instant bestseller, and inspired women across the globe to take care of their families from the inside out.
Over a decade later, I’ve been on a rip-roaring journey of discovery. With one foot in a dirt-caked Birkenstock and the other stuffed into an uncomfortable (but beautiful,) Jimmy Choo wedge, it’s been my mission to create a joyously healthy lifestyle for myself and countless others. The first thing to understand about me is that I’m not a zealot. It’s all about walking the middle path. I don’t live off-grid, and have absolutely no interest in owning a compost toilet. I dye my hair, paint my nails, and LOVE to shop.
My overriding passion is beauty, and again I take a firm stand for the middle ground. I am a Beauty Flexitarian, with a foot in both the “enhancement” camp and the one Nature intended. Unlike a doctor, or dermatologist, I speak to the average woman who is just like me – who struggles with an insanely busy andchallenging life – who falls into bed at 9:30 at night, too exhausted to even think about that glycolic face mask that she’s been promising her skin for weeks. My beauty journey is one of trial and error, which my husband will be the first to attest to: He’s seen enough facial machines, bonnets and head wraps (to prevent a hair of my blow-out from moving while I sleep,) anti-aging gizmos, breast separators (to prevent chest wrinkles,) gadgets, potions etc to last him a lifetime – “It’s just my job,” I protest. However, he’s made it crystal clear that there are certain things that he’ll tolerate spilling out of our bathroom cabinet or hanging on the back of our bedroom door – and the bonnet isn’t one of them!
I have been dabbling in the natural/holistic beauty space since I started making my own skin care products twenty years ago. I’ve always been fascinated about the science behind skin care formulations. Just as computer nerds like to pull a computer apart to see its inner workings, I like to do the same with beauty products. I was blown away by the miraculous power of truly natural beauty products over a decade ago, when I was in Canada shooting a movie (yes, in a former life I was an actress.) Anyway, on the set I was horrifically burned by a fireball, which exploded in my face. The hospital wanted to send me straight to a burn unit where they promised me skin grafts to restore my face, which had sustained 1st and 2nd degree burns. I insisted on staying put, and tried it the natural way. I harnessed everything that I’d learned since the age of 20 and started putting it to use: Homeopathy, herbal preparations, and a stress-free environment got me back onto the set within 2 weeks, and I never had to have plastic surgery.