Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Lab: From vagina candles to steaming the 10 most outrageous wellness claims from the Netflix show – The Sun

FROM vagina candles to group orgasms – Gwyneth Paltrow explores various wacky wellness treatments and products on her new Netflix series The Goop Lab.

And some of the practices the actress, 47, promotes in the six-part show are more than questionable from a health point of view.

In fact, the programme has come under fire from experts who say it features "unproven, harmful" therapies.

In particular, the head of the NHS Sir Simon Stevens accused Gwyneth of peddling "myths and misinformation" – likening her to “quacks, charlatans and cranks” who push unproven therapies.

Here, we take you through the wildest treatments and products Gwyneth promotes during her Netflix show and on her website…

1. Vagina candles

Gwyneth stunned fans when she unveiled a candle that smells like her vagina on her Goop website – which will set you back a whopping £57.

The This Smells Like My Vagina candle is described as being “funny, gorgeous, sexy, and beautifully unexpected.”

Gwyneth even gave fans an explanation as to how the candle was created, in the product description.

The Goop website explains: “This candle started as a joke between perfumer Douglas Little and GP—the two were working on a fragrance, and she blurted out, “Uhhh..this smells like a vagina”—but evolved into a funny, gorgeous, sexy, and beautifully unexpected scent…

“It’s a blend of geranium, citrusy bergamot, and cedar absolutes juxtaposed with Damask rose and ambrette seed that puts us in mind of fantasy, seduction, and a sophisticated warmth.”

Sadly for fans keen to get a whiff of the bizarre candle, the product has currently sold out on Goop.

2. Vagina steaming

Gwyneth started a trend among celebrities including Chrissy Teigen when she spoke about the so-called "benefits" of vagacials (a facial for your vagina) on her Goop website.

Claiming to “cleanse your uterus” and “balance female hormones”, Gwyneth said a regular steam clean for your lady bits could improve fertility, make periods less painful and sex more enjoyable.

Despite this, medics have urge women not to try this strange treatment as it can cause infection and even burns below.

Vanessa Mackay of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists said: "The vagina contains good bacteria, which are there to protect it.

"Steaming the vagina could affect the healthy balance of bacteria and pH levels and cause irritation, infection such as bacterial vaginosis or thrush and inflammation."

3. Energy exorcism

During the fifth episode of The Goop Lab, Goop's CCO Elise Loehnen has an 'exorcism' to dispel bad energy and help with her severe anxiety.

Elise can be seeing lying down on a table before John Amaral, a self-described “somatic energy practitioner”, hovers his hands a few inches away from her.

John claims he is playing with the energy field by doing this, or as he calls it, "interacting with those layers."

Actress and dancer Julianne Hough is also seen getting the kooky treatment during the episode and believes it has been "transformative".

Despite this, head of the NHS Sir Simon Stevens has slammed the bizarre treatment, saying the man: “claims to cure both acute psychological trauma and side-effects by simply moving his hands two inches above a customer’s body”.

4. Pubic hair oil

Gwyneth has been open about opting for full pubic hair – saying she favoured the “70s vibe” of the natural look.

And she peddles 'fur oil' on Goop to help people with a similar view to keep their pubic hair soft.

Harry Potter star Emma Watson even admitted she used the product, saying: "I'll use that anywhere from the ends of my hair to my eyebrows to my pubic hair".

Despite this, a bottle of the oil is rather pricey – and will set you back £44.

5. DIY coffee enema machines

Another bizarre product that Goop and Gwyneth promote is a DIY coffee enema machine.

This involves an injection of coffee into the rectum and colon via the anus – and claims to help relieve constipation, boost immunity and increase energy,

Despite this, there’s no scientific evidence that proves or disproves that coffee enemas are helpful to treat any medical condition.

And the head of the NHS Sir Simon Stevens has blasted Goop for promoting this product "despite them carrying considerable risks to health.

6. Jade eggs

One of the main products Gwyneth is known for promoting is jade eggs – egg-shaped objects made from the ornamental mineral.

They are inserted into the vagina, and claim to have a host of benefits including helping with infertility and increasing natural lubrication.

Despite this, Gwyneth's company did come under fire for claiming their £50 product can cultivate sexual energy, clear chi pathways in the body, intensify femininity, and invigorate our life force”.

Goop has now been forced to pay a $145,000 (£112,000) settlement to settle allegations that it had made unscientific claims about the health benefits of its infamous vaginal eggs.

Medics, including Dr Jen Gunter, has warned of the dangers of jade eggs – saying they're dangerous and could trigger an infection.

She said in an open letter to Gwyneth: “As for the recommendation that women sleep with a jade egg in their vaginas I would like to point out that jade is porous which could allow bacteria to get inside and so the egg could act like a fomite.”

7. Psychedelic drugs

The use of psychedelic drugs for mental health is explored in episode one of The Goop Lab, called The Healing Trip.

During the programme, Gwyneth sends her staffers to Jamaica to take magic mushrooms and experience psychedelic psychotherapy.

And there is not a doctor present while the goopers drink mushroom tea in Jamaica.

Despite this, during the show, Mark Haden, executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies, urges that anyone trying psychedelics should do it in a controlled environment and under therapist supervision – which is not what is happening in Jamaica.

8. Cannabis joint-roller

Gwyneth flogs a £129 cannabis join-roller on her Goop website.

A blurb for the Otto Automatic Joint Roller says: “This might be the coolest contraption we’ve seen in a long time.

“Not only does it grind and weed out (see what we did there?) seeds and stems, it rolls the perfect cone-shaped joint at the push of a simple button.

“Talk about efficiency.”

But Gwyn warns pot heads to steer clear.

The site adds gravely: “This product is intended for use with legal smoking herbs only."

9. A shhhowercap

Apparently people hate the pesky noise traditional shower caps make — so Gwyneth's company invented one that’s silent when water hits it.

The product costs £35 and is designed to look and fit "like a chic turban" to protect your hair.

They also claim the caps, made from nano-tech are "fashion-forward" and "stylish" – even though buyers will hopefully only be sporting them in the bathroom.

10. Group orgasms

A group of women strip off to look at their privates in the episode called ‘The Pleasure is Hers’.

It features 90-year-old New Yorker and old-school feminist Betty Dodson – who has been teaching female masturbation workshops for half a century.

Her workshops also teach body-positivity, acceptance and not feeling shame about one’s sexuality.

The episode has stunned fans as the programme sees women masturbate to orgasm in real time.

Speaking about the decision to film the orgasm scene, Goop Lab executive producer Shauna Minoprio said: "[The goal was to find] a way to explore this for our female viewership that felt not exploitative, not titillating, not clinical, not cheesy, but very powerful.

“We wanted to find a way to take ownership of female pleasure for ourselves as a group of female filmmakers.”

However, they still had to get Netflix to approve the scenes before they made the final cut.

What the experts say…

Top health experts, including the head of the NHS, have blasted Gwyneth's upcoming Netflix series for featuring "unproven, harmful" therapies.

Dr Jen Gunter, a gynaecologist and author of The Vagina Bible, was one of the first to call her out on the six-part series.

She tweeted: "Hear me out. Medical ideas that are too “out there or scary” should, you know, be studied before [they] are offered to people as an option."

The Goop Lab promotes unscientific, unproven, potentially harmful therapies

And Dr Gunter added that several of the topics Gwyneth covers have no evidence backing them up.

"This looks like classic Goop," she said.

"Some fine information presented alongside unscientific, unproven, potentially harmful therapies for attention, with the disclaimer of 'We're only having conversations!'"

Similarly, another expert, Dr. Kiki Sanford, a neurophysiologist, hit out at the series.

She said: "The only accurate part of the new 'Goop' series on Netflix is the part of the trailer that reads: 'This is dangerous… This is unregulated…'

On top of this, the head of the NHS has been very outspoken about Gwyneth's products and therapies, saying she has been peddling dangerous ideas.

He said: “People’s natural concern for their health, and particularly about that of their loved ones, makes this particularly fertile ground for quacks, charlatans, and cranks.”

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