Introducing: Hands Off My Vagina

5 months ago 125
PR Distribution

hero

At goop, we believe in reproductive freedom, body integrity, and equal rights regardless of gender. In honor of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade on January 22, we’re supporting the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation (ACLU Foundation) with a new candle. We will donate $25 from the sale of each candle sold on goop.com and in our retail stores to the ACLU Foundation’s Reproductive Freedom Project* to aid its fight to protect the rights and basic freedoms that are under attack in America.

Lighting a candle has long been associated with prayer, intention-setting, hope, and, in more recent decades, the feminism movement as it developed. Which is in part why we chose to create this particular candle as a small sign of support for reproductive freedom—and against subjugation. It’s called Hands Off My Vagina. (If you’re new here, in 2020 we released a candle called This Smells Like My Vagina. It’s been a fixture around the internet and late-night shows—and a bestseller.)

The scent of this new sister candle celebrates the power and strength of the great feminine, says Douglas Little, perfumer and founder of Heretic, who collaborated with Gwyneth on the candle. “We chose hinoki cypress for its ability to lift spirits and create a grounding strength and sense of calm,” says Little. “Damascena rose is prized for encouraging communication and balancing and strengthening the heart chakra. And we included flints of toasted cacao to deepen and add sensuality, plus coriander for sparkle.” The candle is made with a combination of essential oils and safe synthetics and blended in pure vegetable wax with a lead-free cotton wick. It burns for about sixty hours. “I love fragrance for its ability to tell stories and to give a voice to things that evade both sight and sound,” says Little. “Scent is invisible and silent, and yet it has the power to dramatically affect the way we feel.”

While Little was perfecting the scent with GP, we were also learning from the ACLU Foundation’s team. The stakes, as they outline them, are high, and this moment is critical: The Supreme Court gave states a path to ban abortion as politicians have done in Texas and could gut or overturn Roe v. Wade this summer. A country without Roe v. Wade would affect us all—and like most unjust systems, it would disproportionately harm people of color, people who are poor, and individuals and groups who are marginalized. If this fundamental right is taken away, much more is at risk than the ability to protect people from forced pregnancies. (For a more thorough understanding of the magnitude of Roe v. Wade, please listen to the upcoming episode of The goop Podcast on January 25 with Khiara Bridges, a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.)

We hope you join us in this essential struggle for reproductive freedom, whether you’re buying a candle, donating directly, engaging in protest, or otherwise advocating for change. Below are several resources and organizations to start with.

  1. Learn from and support reproductive justice organizations, like SisterSong, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Justice, URGE, and In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda.

  2. Help people access abortion by supporting the National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF) and Needabortion.org.

  3. Join the national call to action to Congress to pass the Women’s Health Protection Act (WHPA) and ensure everyone can get the abortion care they need.

  4. Listen to the ACLU’s At Liberty podcast episode on the anniversary of Roe and the long history of surveillance, criminalization, and control of marginalized bodies.

  5. Read the ACLU’s mini guide to discussing abortion rights at the dinner table.

*Donations will be made on each candle sold until the candle sells out or July 1, 2022, whichever occurs first, and are not deductible to purchasers.

  1. The goop Candle Shop

  2. Cypress smoke, snow, sensual quiet.

     Edition 01 – Church

    goop Beauty Scented Candle:
    Edition 01 – Church
    goop, $72

    SHOP NOW

  3. Cool air, pale sun, new life
    unfurling on the forest floor.

     Edition 02 - Shiso

    goop Beauty Scented Candle:
    Edition 02 – Shiso
    goop, $72

    SHOP NOW

  4. Spirit-clearing smoke, mystical resins, forbidden spices, and holy woods.

     Edition 03 - Incense

    goop Beauty Scented Candle:
    Edition 03 – Incense
    goop, $72

    SHOP NOW

  5. $25 from each sale of this limited-edition rose-, cypress-, and coconut-milk-infused candle will be donated to the ACLU Foundation’s Reproductive Freedom Project.*

    goop x Heretic Hands Off My Vagina Candle

    goop x Heretic Hands Off My
    Vagina Candle
    goop, $75

    SHOP NOW

  6. Sun-warmed apricot, fresh
    hay, and dry earth.

     Edition 04 - Orchard

    goop Beauty Scented Candle:
    Edition 04 – Orchard
    goop, $72

    SHOP NOW

  7. Spice up your nightstand,
    desk, coffee table…

    goop x Heretic This Smells Like My Vagina Votive

    goop x Heretic This Smells Like My
    Vagina Votive
    goop, $20

    SHOP NOW

  8. Also good for burning legal documents.

    goop x Heretic This Smells Like My Prenup Candle

    goop x Heretic This Smells Like My
    Prenup Candle
    goop, $75

    SHOP NOW

  9. What does it smell like? Citrusy bergamot, geranium, and cedar juxtaposed with damask rose and ambrette seed.

    goop x Heretic This Smells Like My Vagina Candle

    goop x Heretic This Smells Like My
    Vagina Candle
    goop, $75

    SHOP NOW

  10. Completely clean and totally transportive.

    Flamingo Estate Three Sisters Candle Set

    Flamingo Estate Three Sisters Candle Set goop, $115

    SHOP NOW

  11. A gorgeous candle and massage and body oil in one that smells (and feels) like heaven.

    Neom Organics Perfect Night’s Sleep Intensive Skin Treatment Candle

    Neom Organics Perfect Night’s Sleep Intensive
    Skin Treatment Candle
    goop, $46

    SHOP NOW

  12. As the wax melts, the pins fall and ping into the candleholder to mark the passage of time.

    3rd Ritual BEL Candle Set

    3rd Ritual BEL Candle Set goop, $175

    SHOP NOW

  13. Put simply, they’re a whole mood.

    Zeus + Dione Hestia Two-Toned Beeswax Candles, Set of 20

    Zeus + Dione Hestia Two-Toned
    Beeswax Candles,
    Set of 20
    goop, $65

    SHOP NOW

  14. Gorgeous, no-wrap-job-necessary votives in three of the maison’s exquisite scents (cassis, sandalwood, and grapefruit).

    Maison Louis Marie Le Bouquet Candles, Set of 3

    Maison Louis Marie Le Bouquet Candles, Set of 3 goop, $55

    SHOP NOW

  15. A creamy, sweet, and spicy fragrance inspired by an enchanted black lake.

    Maison Louis Marie No.03 L'Etang Noir

    Maison Louis Marie No.03 L’Etang Noir goop, $34

    SHOP NOW

  16. Delicate and floral with rich, woody undertones.

    Maison Louis Marie No.05 Kandilli

    Maison Louis Marie No.05 Kandilli goop, $36

    SHOP NOW

  17. A warm, earthy scent that mimics the wooded setting of the family home after which it was named.

    Maison Louis Marie No.04 Bois de Balincourt

    Maison Louis Marie No.04 Bois de Balincourt goop, $36

    SHOP NOW

  18. Named for a Mauritian nature preserve
    and brimming with the tart yet dusky
    notes of citrus and spice.

    Maison Louis Marie No.09 Vallee de Farney

    Maison Louis Marie No.09 Vallee de Farney goop, $36

    SHOP NOW

  19. The cloud of rose and vanilla this candle
    gently radiates couldn’t be more gorgeous.

    Seed to Skin The Massage Candle

    Seed to Skin The Massage Candle goop, $65

    SHOP NOW

  20. Pink grapefruit and neroli blossoms
    contrast beautifully with tomato leaf and
    cassis in this sophisticated candle.

    goop x Heretic This Smells Like My Orgasm Candle

    goop x Heretic This Smells Like My Orgasm Candle goop, $75

    SHOP NOW

  21. One of the prettiest candles
    we’ve ever seen—or smelled.

    UMA Pure Calm Wellness Candle

    UMA Pure Calm Wellness Candle goop, $68

    SHOP NOW


*Donations will be made on each candle sold until the candle sells out or July 1, 2022, whichever occurs first, and are not deductible to purchasers.

Read Entire Article