Shailene Woodley


“I’m from Simi Valley, California, a suburb of LA. I’ve been acting since I was five—I was so young it didn’t matter what I was doing, it could have been gymnastics. I just wanted to try something. But I loved going to acting classes—I learned a lot more about myself than I did about acting. [Laughs] At a very young age, I got to express myself emotionally, to self-critique, and to self-analyze.

If I wasn’t an actress, I’d probably do something with food. Finding seeds, planting seeds, watching them grow, harvesting the fruits, cooking the fruits, eating them, seeing how my body reacts, and even digesting. I’m fascinated with the entire process. I would open a place like Moon Juice and have an elixir bar where people could come in and say, ‘My tooth aches,’ or, ‘I have a sinus infection,’ and I would be able to help them. I’ve been an avid environmentalist since high school, and through that, I learned about agriculture, and about how corrupt the food system is in America. It’s disgusting. I thought, 'Well, if this is unhealthy, and that is unhealthy, and if organics are depleting the soil just as much as GMO crops are, what can I do?' I started studying the lifestyles of indigenous cultures, and through that, herbalism. That empowered me to make my own beauty products—how could I make my own lotion with medicinal properties?

For example, clay is one of the best things you can put in your body. One of my friends was making a clay toothpaste that you swallow instead of spit out. But I first heard about the benefits of eating clay from a taxi driver. He was African and was saying that, where he’s from, the women eat clay when they’re pregnant. Seriously—ask your taxi drivers where they are from and about their customs. You will learn a lot. So, I've discovered that clay is great for you because your body doesn’t absorb it, and it apparently provides a negative charge, so it bonds to negative isotopes. And, this is crazy: it also helps clean heavy metals out of your body. My friend starting eating it and the next day she called me and said, ‘Dude, my shit smells like metal.’ She was really worried, but we did some research together and everything said that when you first start eating clay, your bowel movements, pee, and even you, yourself, will smell like metal. You should obviously be careful about your source. Bentonite clay is good, but Mountain Rose Herbs has a great clay source. I get all of my herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs, too.

I love a natural way to heal. You can do something called ‘oil pulling’ where you swish coconut or sesame oil in your mouth when you wake up and spit it out. It’s amazing! It really makes your teeth whiter, because the plaque on your teeth is not water soluble, it’s fat-soluble. So the lipids have to dissolve in fats, which is why oil works in your mouth. I prefer sesame oil, but they’re both good. Another thing I like to do is give my vagina a little vitamin D. [Laughs] I was reading an article written by an herbalist I studied about yeast infections and other genital issues. She said there’s nothing better than vitamin D. If you’re feeling depleted, go in the sun for an hour and see how much energy you get. Or, if you live in a place that has heavy winters, when the sun finally comes out, spread your legs and get some sunshine. [Laughs]

On my skin, I keep everything very natural, too. I use Sea Buckthorn from Living Libations to take my makeup off at night and to moisturize my face. The company is based in Canada and they have the highest-integrity products that I have ever found. Everything is next-level, beyond pure. They source essential oils and all of their ingredients from small farmers who are treated well. Even the way they ship is mindful—they have a zero-emission standard. They also make some amazing dark chocolate.

For makeup, I use products from 100% Pure. RMS products are too oily for me. 100% Pure makes my skin feel better, and it comes off so easily. They have every single makeup product that you could want. Everything is amazing except the mascara, which doesn’t really work. Day-to-day, though, I don’t wear makeup at all.

I will get my makeup done for appearances and events. For me, to show up to something like Live with Kelly and Michael with Converse on and no makeup would be disrespectful. They’re dressed up; it’s their territory. I think there is something to be said about switching up old paradigms, but you have to turn the wheels slowly. You have to pick and choose where you are going to represent you and the things you keep sacred, and then there are the things you have to do for the public, for Kelly and Michael, and for the Oscars. I respect the establishment, but I don’t sacrifice my own integrity. I wouldn’t wear fake eyelashes or crazy extensions. It’s always me—just maybe the public, pretty-in-a-Cinderella-dress me.

Hair-wise, I’m very lucky. My mom is 45 and she doesn’t have a single grey hair on her head. It’s the most beautiful, thick, strawberry blond. I basically have horse hair. It’s so low-maintenance. The less I put in it, the better. When it was long, I used shampoo from Living Libations, but now it’s really short. I only shampoo it like once a month—the oilier, the better.”

—as told to ITG

Shailene Woodley photographed by Emily Weiss in New York on March 12, 2014.

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  • Madeleine Acapiteadcalcem

    I never knew too much about Shailene Woodley, but she's freaking hilarious.

  • Hannah

    ITG you literally read my mind! I've always wanted to know what products Shailene uses, she seems like such a cool girl.

  • Erin Yarnell

    She's great! And 100% Pure is such a fantastic line - their body scrubs are heavenly. You should interview Maggie Q too - she's my role model and one strong, kick ass lady.

    • kneelbeforetigers

      YES PLEASE to Maggie Q... I mean, she is beyond gorgeous!

  • Natalie

    Loved this and the different perspective it shows. Plus her comments re public appearances and having respect for the territory of others is something a lot of other people - cough Kristen Stewart cough - could learn from.

  • Anonymous

    Love this girl. I will never forget her gorgeous long sleeved white dress at the Oscars. So chic and so modest. She seems to have real integrity which is so rare.

  • Amanda Raponi

    Wow, I did not expect this from her!

  • Tary

    love this!!! love how honest and down to earth she is! amazing!!

    • mamavalveeta03

      Literally...down to earth.

  • Jennifer

    Wonderful! Which clay from Mountain Rose should be consumed?

    • kneelbeforetigers

      Yes, can we have a follow-up? Would really like to know as well!

    • Frank Giglio

      Bentonite clay

      • Jennie

        Its says for external use only on the site.

    • Meredith

      Clay is super absorbent, so while it's high in some minerals, it could ultimately leach good minerals from your body, which you don't want. It can also constipate you if you ingest too much. I'd advise against it to be on the safe side. I hope this doesn't come off as preachy, I just want to share a different viewpoint for your consideration.

      • conk

        I think you'll find that our organic minerals are of a different electrical charge, therefore they will not bond with the clay. Clay is safe to consume, yes.

  • rachel

    nothing wrong with gray hair! other than that, i really loved this article

  • LaurenP

    This was fab! I'm trying to go more natural with my products. With the clay, do you eat it? How do you consume it??

  • Teckie

    She's so gorgeous. I saw her on Live with Kelly and Michael a few days ago, and I've never seen her look more beautiful. Her makeup and hair (and outfit!) was stunning.

  • vladid

    wow. i knew nothing about her other than 'oh she's the girl from the descendants movie'. she's awesome! i love her outlook and how she's into the environment and natural products.

  • chicnoir

    People who eat clay and chalk usually have a mineral deficeincy. It's not unusual for pregnant mothers to get the urge to eat dirt, clay, chalk etc.

    • Isabel

      Yes, my mom did fall for dirt while she was carrying me! It felt weird to hear about it then, but now it just seems normal and even healthy.

    • Alanna

      Yeah it is not normal to have a craving for clay or dirt, its called Pica and usually doesn't signal you have a deficiency of some sort… when I was a kid I always had a craving to eat sand hahah I never did but I later found out I had an iron deficiency!

    • Alanna

      ** I mean it DOES signal a deficiency ! my bad

  • Emma and Emily

    Gorgeous hair and amazingly well said. So many good ideas for me to try out!

  • Emmy Corinne

    I loved her new editorial in Vogue. I ripped out the pages for inspiration. She is lovely!

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    I'm so in love with her after reading this! So well informed and scientifically accurate! She needs to keep her hair short, it's amazing on her!

    • Anna

      I have a chemistry academic background. Shailene (and a few of the commenters here) have no idea what isotopes or electric charges mean. She's very beautiful and talented but has no business dispensing nutrition advice based on utter "scientific" nonsense. Yikes.

      • Clever Girl Reviews

        You have absolutely no idea what anyone knows or doesn't know. When you get to be the NdGT of Chemistry we will all call you and ask for advice. Until then, enjoy your leg strengthening routine of getting on and off your high horse.

        I'm not going to re-read this article but I believe my comment was in regards to something about lauric acid in coconut oil.


        The academic Neuroscientist, software engineer, artist, writer, world traveler and professional ball buster.

        • caroline p

          "clay is great for you because your body doesn’t absorb it, and it apparently provides a negative charge, so it bonds to negative isotopes." Armed with a B from high school chemistry, I can spot two scientific inaccuracies in that sentence. Can you?

  • kneelbeforetigers

    This is my new fave interview on ITG. Sending much love to Ms. Woodley, she seems like a smart and rad lady!

  • freudianslippers

    Um, she is freaking fabulous.

  • Jessy

    Wow what a savvy and funny young woman. I feel like I want to try all her tips and tricks myself!

  • Alexandra

    She's awesome person! Really. I love her.

  • Prenouveau

    You called it. Posted there this afternoon :P

  • bb

    fuuny thing about the vitiamin D lol.
    please do one with zoe kravits or candice swanepole!!! xx

  • Emma Hager

    I like her point about taxi drivers. I think in general we should pay attention, respect, and speak to those supplying services to us. Not only can we learn a lot, but it is always wonderful to see how thankful people are when asked about their days.

    I will never forget this one time when my mother and I were emerging from a parking lot and stopped to get our ticket stamped at the gate. My mother smiled and asked the man who his day was going and his eyes began to well up a little bit, and he said: "you know, no one ever asks me how my day is going; you made my day."

    And if there's one product that can preserve that internal glow and timeless beauty, it's a good smile -- especially when shared with a complete stranger.

  • Georgia A

    "I only shampoo it like once a month -- the oilier the better". That phrase hurt me....No, beautiful lady! You must buy a nice "hippie" shampoo and wash it ....twice a week maybe?

    • Isabel

      My man has short hair and he washes it with shampoo like once a month, while just rinsing it off with just water in between. And it's fine and not at all dirty. The shorter the hair the less maintenance it has.

      • Georgia A

        It is? I really don't know, I've never known anyone who doesn't shampoo for that long. Even my father who has two hairs on his head has a bar of olive oil soap to wash his head. If the method works for your man, I'll take your word for it and feel less "hurt" by Shailene's statement. Thanks. :)

        • Prenouveau

          It's a thing! Google "no poo."

  • murt

    "... when the sun finally comes out, spread your legs and get some sunshine."

    Can't disagree with that!

  • Grey Wolf

    But what's so wrong with having grey hair?

  • Isabel

    Someone mentions Living Libations on ITG! :'D Wow, think I have a new girl crush!
    Sometimes I wish ITG would only have people who are into natural beauty to be honest.

    • Lilly

      Agreed! ;)

  • cryatleaves

    Wow. Shailene Woodley is nuts. Whodathunkit.

  • Lilly

    Shailene, the only "natural" mascara that works (no smudging, no flaking) is the Kjaer Weis Mascara. It's a makeup line that you would probably like a lot.

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  • Jacqueline Reid

    This is so good. First time I've heard of Shailene Woodley, and I like her already.

  • Isabel

    Their products are of very high quality and there's a lot of history and science behind the products. And Nadine the owner has made me ditch toothpaste to brushing with oils! I like making my own oil mixes, but their Best Skin Ever is something I always feel that I can't perfect on my own. You should check out Nadine's videos on YouTube very educational! :)
    And if you like Living Libations, Raw Gaia is another great brand that uses 100% pure products without fuss.

  • Moddoc

    Eating clay is not really good for you, just fyi. It is a craving that some people feel, called pica, when anemic (iron deficient). It actually does rid your body of certain metals...iron being one of them. And it can make you even more anemic. A little bit of knowledge can be dangerous...

  • Nicole B.

    I felt the same way! I think she seems like a sweet girl but this had a certain tone of privilege I found a bit off-putting.

  • Annie Strole

    Wow, she's my hero. Had know idea she was such an earth mama.

  • Maggie

    I love this, very interesting take - especially at her young age. I'd love to pick her brain, know what she eats on a daily basis. I just recently started oil pulling. I am very curious about the herbalist she mentions in reference to the vitamin D. And if I can throw out a suggestion, I'd love to see a feature on the "Barefoot Blonde" blogger, Amber Fillerup. She is SO gorgeous.

  • Rosie

    yep - not a fan of that comment at all

  • Shaun Galanos

    Love her advice. Apparently it's true for men as well. Getting some much needed sun on those private bits has tons of benefits so lets get our pants off and sunbathe our bits!

  • lu

    oh my god she is amazing !! never saw nothing about her but now im in love

  • rosevalentinex

    I <3 her!

  • Kelly G

    She was so good in Divergent! xo Kelly

  • Melissa

    I used to use Origins as a teen. I would love to get into a more healthy regiment, and am into trying new things. Always wanted to have my own garden. I don't have the income for a lot of things, inc. Origins these days, basically gloss, mascara, and sometimes shadow. Does anyone know if Origins is a great product besides the fact they don't test on animals? Also does anyone have any other low income suggestions, like starting a garden?

  • Melissa

    I'm so glad I read this article. I would love to learn more about Shailene Woodley, I've already learned so much from your article! And yes, she's funny and down to earth!!

  • Alexis Fedor

    I LOVE Living Libations! And oil pulling. So great to read about them here, from a kindred, health-centered spirit!

  • ani

    "During a recent interview with beauty blog and apparent disseminator of wacky health tips, Into The Gloss, actress Shailene Woodley described clay as "one of the best things you can put into your body."

  • Anna

    Shailane is throwing it down as far as natural beauties go! People always say "I like natural" and then totally have the wrong idea of what it actually means but a girl who uses Living Libations and Mountain Rose Herbs in the same interview definitely embodies that.

    Those two brands are VERY green.. and you really have to know what you're talking about to use them. The green beauty fangirl in me was buzzing at this interview!

    For anyone else interested in luxury green beauty, I highly recommend a retailer that I think has been referenced on this site, Spirit Beauty Lounge who is quite literally the Barneys of green beauty. They were one of the first to carry lines like Tata Harper and RMS who have been featured on ITG, and they recently carried a very scientific line called Yuli that is all green as well!

  • Sarah

    I Agree. Living Libations is the BEST company to get only the purest oils and products. Nadine is the best at what she does and I recommend their products on the regular. Thanks for spreading the word Shailene <3

  • Dan

    "Eating clay - sometimes in tablet form - is common in parts of Africa and the Middle East, says Rick Wilson, director of nutrition and dietetics at Kings College Hospital. Zinc deficiency is the most common reason. And kaolin - made from white clay - is sold by chemists to treat diarrhoea.

    But zinc deficiency is not a problem in developed countries. And the idea of "negative isotopes" being a health concern that needs to be tackled is "a whole load of rubbish", Wilson adds. He links it to a wider trend of nonsensical health fads emanating from celebrities. "Often with health fads there's a tiny element of truth. Then it's blown all out of proportion and a trend starts."

  • Eh?

    I approve with your overall message but there are certainly flaws that show her lack of understanding. Africa is not a country. Stating someone is from "Africa" is an obvious sign of ignorance. It suggests her understanding of the world is at the most basic level, and thus I have trouble trusting any following statement. How much can she verify what she is saying and how much does she really understand the science behind her statements? It seems she is one to get caught up in superficial labeling of things as "good for her." Her alternative side also comes into question when she says it would be disrespectful to show up for appearances in converse with no make up on. Stand up for what you believe in! Don't let superficial societal standards dictate how you act...if you do, it shows hypocrisy and artificiality in your philosophy. Shailene, be true to your beliefs. Don't put on a show. You degrade yourself and your message with your inconsistency and your ignorance. Educate yourself and be true to your "message." Then you will have an impact and you will be more legitimate

  • Bryn Sanders

    Love this article!! Also love the triangle earrings she's wearing in a couple of the photos - what brand??

  • Perry A~

    I love Bentonite clay have been drinking and using it daily for almost 20 years. Good stuff if you get the right clay see Living Clay

  • Hannah Hahn

    I began making my own toothpaste, shampoo, and I switched to coconut oil lotion and let me say this. I feel 10x better than I have ever! Living a little more naturally makes your body feel different (in a good way) and its wonderful! (I dont know if I'll switch to consuming clay though, I heard it can actually strip iron away from the body, and that isn't necessarily good, but I need to do more research)

  • Basic Science

    Negative isotopes.... that literally makes no sense. Atoms are by definition neutral, and differing amounts of neutrons will not change the charge. This is complete nonsense and it tricks you into buying it by using fancy words that make no sense. Also if you start to smell like metal that means the some of the elements of the clay are indeed being absorbed into your body.

  • canismarko

    Does anybody have any references to any of this? There are a lot of medical claims in here and I'd like to see what the science says.

  • Rachel

    I like her too but she is somewhat mistaken on the clay benefits. Yes clay has many great uses and can draw out impurities, but the negative charge stuff doesn't do anything for you...Also, you can use it for brushing your teeth but if you swallow it after brushing, then all of the plaque and bacteria that the clay absorbed is going into your body! Consuming plaque can lead to heart issues. That is why flossing is so important and why I oil pull using coconut oil.

  • flakingnapstich

    "it apparently provides a negative charge, so it bonds to negative isotopes"

    Remedial science FAIL.

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  • Eng Sara

    I never knew too much about Shailene Woodley

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  • Eng Sara

    What a fun interview! Didn't know much about her, but this was a pleasure to read. Funny and insightful! Loving her hair too :)

  • Angelica

    Living Libations is everything. Thank you so much for this great profile!

  • Jenny

    Do you take it internally or just as a mask?

  • Anna

    I have a chemistry academic background. Shailene (and a few of the commenters here) have no idea what isotopes or electric charges mean. She's very beautiful and talented but has no business dispensing nutrition advice based on utter "scientific" nonsense. Yikes.

    Please don't eat clay people, unless your doctor advises you to do so!

  • Shailene’Fans

    Clay isn't good for health! You can be bloodless or die. I know that, because I AM, AND I ATE CLAY!!!! Stop please to eat this shit Shailene! PLEASE!!

  • susan

    Oh my, she is hella naive. God bless her for being so 20something. I know one say she will look back on this interview and just curl up and die from embarrassment.

  • Help!

    Every clay says "for external use only".... Who eats clay and what kind?

  • Heather

    Having the urge to eat clay is actually a medical condition called PICA and can be quite dangerous. Clay is thought to impair iron absorption in the body, which can lead to anemia. Iron is important in the body because it helps carry oxygen from your lungs to your organs and cells. I love Shailene's acting, but I don't agree that eating clay is good for you.

  • roknnagd

    ..... My girl crush has intensified. She buys herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs and sunbathes her vagina! Shailene, if you're reading I want to make out with you and mix a few DIY organic skincare products with you.


  • K-Dawg

    OMG! Really like her!


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