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Goop's Latest: $75 Candle That 'Smells Like My Vagina'

'Geranium, citrusy bergamot, and cedar absolutes'—really?
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2020 9:04 AM CST
Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the amfAR Gala Los Angeles at Milk Studios in Los Angeles on Oct. 10, 2019.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Keep up, Yankee Candle—Gwyneth Paltrow is at the forefront of waxy odors. Via her lifestyle brand, Goop, Paltrow has a new product out in what the Daily Dot calls her "catalog of absurdities": a $75 "This Smells Like My Vagina" candle. And what, exactly, does Gwyneth's vagina (or whomever's vagina they're talking about) smell like? "This candle is made with geranium, citrusy bergamot, and cedar absolutes juxtaposed with Damask rose and ambrette seed to put us in mind of fantasy, seduction, and a sophisticated warmth," the product listing on the Goop website reads.

People reports that the candle came to fruition when Paltrow and perfume creator Douglas Little were trying out different scents for a new fragrance they were attempting to create. Paltrow allegedly said in reaction to one test odor: "Uhhh ... this smells like a vagina," and although they opted not to make a perfume out of it, a candle apparently seemed like the next best thing. Online reaction to the candle so far ranges from wariness to curiosity to straight-out despair. "I don't want to live in a world where celebrities think normal people want candles that smell like their vagina," one commenter posted. Refinery29 notes the candle, which it calls Paltrow's "Goopiest product yet," is also sold out on the website of Heretic, which makes the candle, though you can add your name to a waitlist on either site. (Read more Goop stories.)

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