"The candle exploded and emitted huge flames, with bits flying everywhere," shared Jody Thompson, 50. "I've never seen anything like it. The whole thing was ablaze and it was too hot to touch. There was an inferno in the room."
Thompson, who received the candle as a gift after taking an online quiz, threw it out her front door in fear of what it could do to the home.
“It could have burned the place down," she admitted. "It was scary at the time, but funny looking back that Gwyneth’s vagina candle exploded in my living room."
After the incident, the London Fire Brigade took to Twitter to comically emphasize fire safety tips and regulations.
SAFETY WARNING It might be popular but do not leave #GwynethPaltrow scented candle unattended (or any candles for that matter) & always on a flame retardant surface. Failure to do so could lead to firefighters coming quickly to your home & squirting water https://t.co/QNHtgsncPW pic.twitter.com/zwsV6xicx4— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) January 13, 2020
Last year, the actress revealed how she came up with the candle's eyebrow-raising name, confessing that at the time, she and her staff were drinking tea made with psychedelic mushrooms while in Jamaica.
"I smelled this beautiful thing and I said, 'This smells like my vagina.' I was kidding. We were on mushrooms," she recalled. “It was really funny to us, but also a little bit punk rock.
“I think women, a lot of us, have grown up feeling certain degrees of shame around our bodies or whatever. So this is a little bit of a subversive candle for all of us out there.”
Paltrow released the candle on her lifestyle website Goop last January, charging $75.
"With a funny, gorgeous, sexy, and beautifully unexpected scent, this candle is made with geranium, citrusy bergamot, and cedar absolutes juxtaposed with Damask rose and ambrette seed to put us in mind of fantasy, seduction, and a sophisticated warmth," the product description reads.
The Sun was the first to report on the candle fiasco.