- A “This Smells Like My Vagina” candle, one of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop products, exploded in a woman’s home, The Sun reported on Monday.
- Jody Thompson, a 50-year-old media consultant living in London, said the $US75 candle “emitted huge flames” before her and her partner, David Snow, “threw it out the front door.”
- People on social media have created memes reacting to the incident and criticising Paltrow’s alternative wellness company.
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Jody Thompson, a 50-year-old media consultant based in London, told The Sun on Monday that the candle combusted in her home after winning the product as a prize for an online quiz.
“The candle exploded and emitted huge flames, with bits flying everywhere,” she recalled. “I’ve never seen anything like it. The whole thing was ablaze and it was too hot to touch. There was an inferno in the room.”
Thompson and her partner, David Snow, worked together to handle the situation and decided to toss the candle outside their home.
“We eventually got it under control and threw it out the front door,” she told the outlet.
Even though Thompson said the candle “could have burned the place down” and “was scary at the time,” she admitted to finding the situation “funny” in retrospect. Thompson didn’t provide details on how her candle “exploded.”
A spokesperson for Goop responded to the mishap on Tuesday in a statement provided to Insider.
“We’re in touch with the woman to see if she followed the specific fire safety instructions included with the candle, such as trimming the wick and not burning it for more than two hours,” the statement reads.
There is a warning to only “burn candle within sight” and to “keep away from things that catch fire” on the Goop website. It also instructs customers to trim the “wick to 1/8′ before every lighting,” place the candle “on a stable heat resistant surface,” and refrain from burning the product for “more than two hours at a time.”
The statement continues, “At goop, we vet the products we sell and make customer safety a priority, so we’ve alerted the manufacturer to the woman’s issue and have also reached out to her to send her some goop products to help pass the days in quarantine.”
Paltrow’s Goop has previously been ridiculed for dishing out health and beauty tips without providing proper scientific evidence, and some experts have even publicly derided the high-end company’s suggestions.
After hearing about Thompson’s disastrous experience with the $US75 candle, made with geranium, citrusy bergamot, and cedar, Goop’s critics seized the opportunity to crack jokes about Paltrow’s company once again.
the lady walking into her apartment when her gwyneth paltrow vagina candle exploded https://t.co/ShRTDQOBW2
— v (@soberkravitz) January 18, 2021
when you’re getting ready for bed but forget about your gwyneth paltrow vagina candle: pic.twitter.com/Xlx1k4HvvH
— ???????????????????? (@LeUgly) January 18, 2021
Finally decided to fire up my $75 Gwyneth Paltrow vagina candle pic.twitter.com/d8dj7ftf1o
— Anna Baaro (@annabaaro) January 18, 2021
Not everyone can tame the overwhelming power of Gwyneth Paltrow’s stench https://t.co/tJELUqENG6
— Charlie (@MoistCr1TiKaL) January 18, 2021
at this point, if the world ends with Gwyneth Paltrow's vagina candle engulfing the world in smoldering flames id be like "ok sure" https://t.co/aszBzxH7HQ
— Lane Moore???? NYC July 25 (@hellolanemoore) January 19, 2021
So Gwyneth Paltrow’s vagina candle is toxic?
I mean… https://t.co/TMKVA860b8
— Jennifer Gunter (@DrJenGunter) January 18, 2021
Despite the on-going criticism of Paltrow and Goop, the “This Smells Like My Vagina” candle sold out within hours of its release in January 2020. According to the Goop website, the product began as a “joke” between Paltrow and professional perfumer Douglas Little.
“The idea was to do something that was voluptuous and sensual and also provocative and fun,” he told The Cut, later clarifying that it doesn’t actually smell like Paltrow’s vagina.
“This idea that the scent is the fragrance of Gwyneth’s vagina. That’s not the case. It’s called ‘This Smells Like My Vagina’ meaning the person that’s holding it. It’s speculative and fun,” he said.