Gwyneth Paltrow slams critics of her controversial candle

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow has slammed those who have criticised her unique new candle.

The 47-year-old launched the $75 (£58) product, cheekily called This Smells Like My Vagina, on her Goop website earlier this month.

The candle, which features notes of geranium, bergamot, cedar, Damask rose and ambrette seed, has completely sold out online, and curious customers have signed up to a waiting list to be first in line to get their hands on one.

But while Gwyneth's latest candle has been the subject of jokes and memes on social media, she has now fired back at critics of her new venture and insisted that she simply wants women to be empowered to talk about sex.

"You saw the vaginas? It's on everyone's mind," she told the audience at the National Retail Federation's Big Show, according to Footwear News. "It never ceases to amaze me the amount of outrage that it will inspire in people on just women wanting to talk about their sexuality on any level."

However, Oscar-winning star Gwyneth is happy to take the criticism, so long as she's still able to make her voice heard.

"I would like to help dispel this idea that women should be kept down or can't talk about what they want to, what they desire, and that women can be... intelligent and maternal and powerful and sexual all at the same time because we are.

"That I like. I don't mind being punk rock in that way," the mother-of-two laughed.

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