Goop’s Vagina Candles Are Apparently Exploding and Now Someone Is Suing
Gwyneth Paltrow caused quite the stir when her lifestyle company goop released two candles with two very distinct names and smells. The first, called This Smells Like My Vagina, has a citrusy, bergamot aroma while the follow-up candle, called This Smells Like My Orgasm, has a more tart scent thanks to the addition of grapefruit and neroli.
While the names of these candles caused *a lot* of fuss when first released, these products have continued to court controversy. In January this year, a British woman claimed her This Smells Like My Vagina candle exploded in the living room of her North London home and now, a gentleman from Texas says the same thing happened to him.
According to TMZ, Colby Watson purchased his ‘Vagina’ candle from the goop website in January and lit it for the first time in February. Watson said that the candle was placed on his nightstand with nothing touching it and he left it burning for “an estimated three hours or less” before the candle became engulfed in flames and exploded. You can see a picture of the candle post-explosion here.
The explosion charred the jar and left a black burn mark on the nightstand, said Watson. While the man acknowledged that the candle comes with a warning not to burn for longer than two hours, he says that the warning isn’t enough. And, according to TMZ, Watson is suing goop for “breach of warranty and products liability” and is seeking damages exceeding $5 million.
A spokesperson for goop responded to the lawsuit, telling TMZ: “We’re confident this claim is frivolous and an attempt to secure an outsized payout from a press-heavy product. We stand behind the brands we carry and the safety of the products we sell. Here, Heretic—the brand that supplies the candle—has substantiated the product’s performance and safety through industry standard testing.”