When you work for an industry that associates with engagement parties and registry events; you are bound to hear conversations among couples and friends before the wedding. One of those days involved an interesting conversation between a bride-to-be and her best friend. After checking the registry with excitement; on their way to the exit, the bride says with such glee,
Oh, my gosh! My Goop package arrives today. Which reminds me that it is time to prepare myself spiritually for its arrival. But, before that –I’m forgetting to buy something Goop (laughs by her mistake) I mean something Blue…
Although I am probably one of the thousands of people that writes an article about Goop… I will be honest, I did have a genuine curiosity exploring Goop after their brief conversation. From Stephen Colbert, Vice News to Buzzfeed and doctors has had their opinion on the lifestyle brand by Gwyneth Paltrow.
At this point, my dear reader if you have not heard about the Jade egg or about the benefits of steaming your vagina then prepare yourself for the widely expensive lifestyle/ wellness site called Goop.
Goop Instagram Page
It all started in 2008, when Gwyneth took a break from acting and in her kitchen started her newsletter. Her successful newsletter, later spun into Goop the brand. Over the years Goop has been notorious because of its controversial medical advice.
One of its most famous examples has been the release of the article, Jade Eggs for Your Yoni. Here’s an excerpt from the article explaining the goal of the jade egg,
Jade eggs can help cultivate sexual energy, clear chi pathways in the body, intensify femininity, and invigorate our life force. To name a few! It’s a holistic combination of things, where one benefit builds to another. Jade also takes away negative energy—it’s a very heavy material, and in many traditions is thought to have great spiritual power. (Jade Eggs for Your Yoni )
Buzzfeed has featured videos focusing on Goop’s advice, recipes and buying products from their site which some of those videos have been humorous. (Highly recommend watching I Lived Like Gwyneth Paltrow )
Setting aside the humor, there are noticeable things about the site that are hard to ignore. As mentioned earlier about the jade egg, many doctors voiced their outrage about the advice. I do want to point out an interesting disclaimer at the end of the article. I am not sure if this appeared after it drew large waves of criticism from the medical community; however, here’s what the site states at the end of the article,
The views expressed in this article intend to highlight alternative studies and induce conversation. They are the views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of goop, and are for informational purposes only, even if and to the extent that this article features the advice of physicians and medical practitioners. This article is not, nor is it intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never be relied upon for specific medical advice.
I must say that I do find it unfair to release an article and say that it may not represent the views of the site…it is found on Goop. Otherwise, why allow its publication? Anyhow, what the medical community found incoherent about the benefits of the jade egg is that it may be harmful for the body.
In 2017, CNN interviewed several doctors and Doctors like Jen Gunter. She pointed out one of the many reasons women should runaway from this idea. Gunther says,
Nasty bacteria (like the kind that cause toxic shock syndrome or bacterial vaginosis) could get lodged in the nooks and crannies, and then get reintroduced into the vagina every time the egg is used…We don’t recommend that tampons or menstrual cups be left in for longer than 12 hours and those are either disposable or cleanable.
I am not against alternative practices, yet I wouldn’t follow this recommendation. Sounds odd and I would be deeply afraid of the egg getting stuck!
Now, moving onto another observation about is their pricey line-up. Going back to the Buzzfeed video titled, I Lived Like Gwyneth Paltrow – Devin the protagonist of the video purchased a few of its products to test out and the cost of each item was shown. Here’s an example from the video on the purchased products and its cost before tax.
Why Am I So Effing Tired? $90.00 / $75.00 with subscription pack of 30
Rose Quartz Egg $55.00
Paper Crane ApothecaryPsychic Vampire Repellent $27.00
Glow Advanced Inner Beauty Powder $70.00
Body Vibes stickers which was recommended in an article Wearable Stickers that Promote Healing (Really!), sold via http://www.shopbodyvibes.com for $60 a pack of 10
Without subscription and before tax = $302 and with subscription before tax = $287 that’s a substantial amount to spend. Let’s keep in mind, Goop is not the only site overpricing products that can be sold for a fraction of the price cough cough cough Whole Foods, Amway or Herbalife…coughs.
Again, I am not against spirituality like tarot cards or alternative medicine, but why is the price so high? This reminds me a little bit when I wrote the article about makeup dupes. I admit I have purchased makeup that would fall into the luxury line, yet its been once or twice that I’ve done that because I was feeling fancy or it was my birthday. On the other hand, would I commit to buy on a monthly basis for a Chanel mascara? probably not.
***Chanel Mascara on average costs $32***
Nonetheless, for those that can afford it…awesome! Go for it! I cannot judge what you like to spend. As for those like me that is aware that spending half of rent money on five items from Goop on a monthly basis is too much. Fear not! I have found alternatives for some of these items.
Goop Official Website
Rose Quartz Egg
Let me start with the egg. I personally wouldn’t use it or support its practice – I did find its dupe for those may want to try.
Rose Quartz Yoni Egg 5 Piece Healing Crystals Set, 3 Rose Crystal Quartz Drilled Eggs$19.99 and it comes with a case (proceed with caution to avoid infection and speak with your doctor or an obgyn before using)
Why Am I So Effing Tired?
Integrative Therapeutics – End Fatigue Daily Energy B Complex – High Potency B Vitamins – 30 Capsules $10.00
When looking for the equivalent of the Why Am I so Effing Tired? I had a hard time zooming the supplement facts. I did dig a little and found that the base of these vitamin packs is for stress relief, immunity boost and energy. The closest match was this Integrative Therapeutic End Fatigue Daily Energy B Complex for $10. I am positive there are more affordable versions than the one I chose to showcase.
Paper Crane ApothecaryPsychic Vampire Repellent
NewAge Smudges and Herbs MCWS3 California Mini Sage Wands, 4-Inch, Pack of 3, White $7.50
I was reading the vampire repellent ingredients and could anybody explain to me what is sonically tuned water? I looked everywhere and I was unable to find its definition. Hence, I did not give up! I read the rest of the ingredients, but after that I read what was its purpose. This is what the site explains,
…healing and deeply aromatic therapeutic oils, reported to banish bad vibes (and shield you from the people who may be causing them).
In other words, the spray is to remove bad vibes or negative energy. There are thousands of articles claiming that white sage does the same thing.
A. It’s natural
B. Many cultures have used sage for this purpose
C. Honestly, it is affordable and cats love its smell
Glow Advanced Inner Beauty Powder
Lastly, the Glow Powder (I’m skipping the stickers because they are stickers…) $70 for 5oz. The powder promotes what most protein powders for women are for. It is designed to improve skin, nails, hair and energy. Although the one that I found is not infused with collagen for $10 and another one that has collagen costs $20. So, let me show you the first one which contains 1 pound versus 5 ounces.
Nature’s Bounty Optimal Solutions Protein Shake Vanilla, 16 Ounce Jar, Protein and Vitamin Shake Mix for Women, with Added Nutrients $10
It has great reviews and the review describe what Devin mentioned in her video. In terms of the flavor, it is different from the Glow one. Yet, they do the same thing!
Further Food Collagen Peptides Protein Powder: Grass-Fed, Pasture-Raised, Paleo, Keto. 100% Pure Premium Hydrolyzed Collagen (8 oz) $20
The second powder does have collagen and its 8 ounces less than the first one…they do the same thing. Still cheaper than Glow.
To conclude this article is that there some things that I do in my normal life that would fall into the Goop umbrella. Would I run and buy Goop products? I do not want say never because I might purchase something in the future (as for now, I highly doubt it). There are some articles, recipes and products that are not gimmicks in my opinion. Nonetheless, there are plenty of products and including recipes that are overpriced for the middle to lower class income to afford or mimic a Goop lifestyle. I try to look at the brighter side of things and find an alternative version of it. If you strongly feel that Goop advice or Goop-like recommendations resonate with you, but its too expensive – I found great products that works the same way without breaking your piggy bank.
P.S. There will be a dupe article focusing on just Goop beauty products because I scrolled and found plenty of material.
All Images used are from Goop.com & Goop Instagram website
Mentioned sites Links and Quotes: Goop.com, Buzzfeed, Webshow: Lady Like, CNN and Amazon.com
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