Updated 18 June, 2020: Gwyneth Paltrow is at it again with her famed vagina candles, this time launching a companion version entitled, This Smells Like My Orgasm.
The product, priced at £75, is described as: “A fitting follow-up to that candle — you know the one — this blend is made with tart grapefruit, neroli, and ripe cassis berries blended with gunpowder tea and Turkish rose absolutes for a scent that’s sexy, surprising, and wildly addictive."
The candle was unveiled earlier this week on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and comes packaged in a box aptly covered with fireworks. Paltrow told show host Fallon that it “might be more for you, to give to your wife”.
The item is currently only available to US shoppers, so British men and women will have to wait a little longer before they can scent their homes with the smell of orgasms. Regardless, the candle is expected to sellout like its vagina-themed predecessor.
Written 2 February, 2020: Gwyneth Paltrow has made a strong business out of her vagina. She - through her wellness platform Goop - introduced us to the concept of vaginal steaming, jade vaginal eggs and, of course, the elusive sex dust moon juice. Most recently, we were given the vagina candle, which sold-out in a matter of hours, prompting a waitlist.
Well, fans will be pleased to hear that the now-infamous candle is now back in stock, available via the Goop website. Earlier this month, the entrepreneur said that displaying the item proudly on a coffee table was "a punk rock statement", given "the idea that women have been taught to have a certain amount of shame about their body".
According to Paltrow, her 'This Smells Like My Vagina' candle is a "funny, gorgeous, sexy, and beautifully unexpected scent", with "geranium, citrusy bergamot, and cedar absolutes juxtaposed with Damask rose and ambrette seed". The goal, the Goop description optimistically reads, is "to put us in mind of fantasy, seduction, and a sophisticated warmth". If you do manage to buy one through the waitlist, it'll cost $75 or £58.
The actress revealed how the idea for the controversial candle came about during an interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers last month, explaining that she was initially joking when she suggested it.
Paltrow was appearing on the show to promote her new Netflix series, The Goop Lab, discussing one of episodes in which her team are seen trialling a psychedelic mushroom tea in Jamaica.
"Everyone signed up for that one," she laughed, before joking that she was under the effects of said tea when she came up with the name for her candle.
"I smelled this beautiful thing and I said, 'This smells like my vagina'," she explained. "I was kidding. We were on mushrooms."
Let us not forget that Paltrow's vagina products have landed the businesswoman in hot water before. In September 2019, Goop paid a $145,000 (about £112,000) settlement in a lawsuit over vaginal eggs. The website had made unproven claims that the Jade Egg and the Rose Quartz Egg could "balance hormones, regulate menstrual cycles, prevent uterine prolapse, and increase bladder control," said the Orange County District Attorney's office in California. Not so, said the California Food, Drug and Medical Device Task Force, who argued that Goop's assertion wasn't based on scientific evidence.
There's not much that could go wrong with a vagina-scented candle though. Regardless of what you think about Paltrow, she and her products are a talking point again, and her candle is a sell-out hit. Finally, a gift for the liberal that has everything.
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