THE VAGINA CANDLE: Shock Schlock or Genius?

THE VAGINA CANDLE: Shock Schlock or Genius?

Goop’s Gwyneth Paltrow has captivated the world with a candle. It’s called “This Smells Like My Vagina.” 

Who knew you’d get so excited about a candle?

We like it. To be clear, we haven’t smelled it (yet) because it’s sold out, everywhere. We’ve read what’s in the candle, and the fragrance accord they reveal sounds amazing: Geranium, bergamot, rose, and cedar.

As a bonus, the mainstream is now being introduced to the idea of “clean fragrance” - the practise of using non-synthetic aromatic ingredients (usually vegan, cruelty-free, and often alcohol-free) to create scent (in perfumes, body products and candles).  For candles “clean” also means using soy or beeswax as the base. Paraffin candles, when burned, release toxic chemicals that are known carcinogens.

Please: Let’s all agree to stop poisoning ourselves for things that smell good. There are other - incredible, provocative, exciting - options.

Most importantly, we like idea of the Vagina candle because people are asking “I wonder what THAT smells like?!” We are WAKING UP our scent imagination. What does a high-end lady’s vagina, worth paying $75 for (the candle’s US retail price) actually smell like? Like limes? Soft flowers? Leather and musk? Warm vanilla? Our curiosity is peaked. We’re excited to smell, imagine smell, and talk about smell. We like that.