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Meet The Latina Who Turned Your Favorite Latinx Scents Like Fabuloso And Vicks Into Top-Selling Candles

It finally happened, all your favorite iconic Latino scents are now in the form of real candles. Oh Comadre Candles was created by Marcela Gomez who also happens to be one of the original founders of Concha Con. When coming up with the concept for these candles, she wanted people to be able to take people back to family parties.

Gomez says Oh Comadre started as a form of therapy from her nursing job.

She says she needed an outlet to help her escape the stress of her job in healthcare. While shopping around, Gomez noticed there weren’t any candles with Latino aromas.

She started looking around for inspiration, starting with family parties and looking around at the different types of sweets we enjoy eating to the household products we use that remind us of abuelita’s house. The end product, Gomez says, is Latino candles that celebrates life in hopes that they evoke emotion, memory, comfort, and a smile.

Here are scents from Oh Comadre that’ll help you relive your sweetest family memories every time you light a candle.

Click here to shop the Oh Comadre collection in our mitú mercado.

Fabulosa

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We’re pretty sure you don’t do your chores every time your mom asks you to do them. Chances are you were probably nervous when you’d hear your mom was on her way back home because you still hadn’t mopped like she asked you to. Luckily for you, this candle exists and you can light it 10 minutes after she asks you to mop. The Fabuloso-like scent will fill the house and have your mom thinking you are such a good mija, you listen to her every time she asks you to do something — and you will be off the hook, also making you the child que sí hace caso.

You can buy the candle here.

Sana Sana

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If there’s one lesson from my childhood that I could pass along to my future children it’s the power of Vicks. Thankfully Vicks’ healing powers still apply in adulthood. Now you can get that same, cozy, I’m-better-now- feeling every time you light this candle.

You can buy the candle here.

Chocolate Abuelita

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Move over, pumpkin spice, there’s a new superior scent. There can only be one top holiday drink and we know that belongs to Abuelita. This candle smells exactly like the chocolate mom used to make and it is the perfect holiday gift for any chocolate lover.

You can buy the candle here.

Pan Dulce

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If you’re like me Saturday morning means you’ll crave the delicious smell of pan dulce every morning. If you’re also like me, you’re probably too lazy to get up and go Light this up and soon your entire house will smell like a local panadería.

You can buy the candle here.

Cafecito

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Not all coffee is made the same. There’s something about the coffee our mamás, tías and abuelas make that is just a little more simple. Maybe it’s because the coffee beans from our countries are richer? Whenever you need your cafecito mix just light this candle and inhale. We can’t promise it’ll give you a boost of energy but it’ll definitely take you back to the cafecito and chisme conversations you have shared with the women in your life.

You can buy the candle here.

Te Boté

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Most candles are made to get you in a romantic mood but this is the only candle that will remind you why you walked away — and that you’re better off without that scumbag. This candle smells like the powerful Jabón Zote and every time you spark that little wick you’ll be reminded that you’re a poderosa too.

You can buy the candle here.

Arroz Con Leche

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Arroz con leche is a staple across Latin America. No matter how you make it, every recipe is bomb. Now every cinnamon and arroz lover can surround themselves in this warm scent with the arroz con leche candle.

You can buy the candle here.

Tamales de Dulce

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We have an ongoing joke that we get sick of eating tamales for weeks during the holiday season but the reality is we miss these cozy scents as soon as the season is over. Now you can smell the sweet aroma of tamales all year long… without having to work a tamalada.

You can buy the candle here.

Unbreakable

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Everybody loves the peanut buttery taste of Mazapan but we hate the mess. Now you can enjoy the sweet scent inspired by your favorite candy without the hassle of crumbs everywhere.

You can buy the candle here.

To see the entire Oh Comadre collection in the mitú Mercado, click here.

Gwyneth Paltrow Dropped A ‘Vagina’ Scented Candle—Apparently Her Eau De Vagine Smells Like Bergamot And Geranium

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Gwyneth Paltrow Dropped A ‘Vagina’ Scented Candle—Apparently Her Eau De Vagine Smells Like Bergamot And Geranium

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Professional actress-turned-businesswoman Gwyneth Paltrow released an already sold out candlelast Friday, playfully named “This Smells Like My Vagina”. While it’s nice to see lady parts getting good press, we have a few questions about the $75 candle —the main one being “why though?”

Gwyneth Paltrow has made a strong business out of her vagina.

 The actress-turned-wellness-guru —through her platform Goop – introduced us to the concept of vaginal steaming, jade vaginal eggs and, of course, the elusive sex dust moon juice. Now, to start 2020 on a high vaginal note, we have the vagina candle, which has already sold-out, prompting a waitlist.

The $75 item contains traditional perfume elements “to put us in mind of fantasy, seduction, and a sophisticated warmth,” the product copy reads.

The notes of the candle include geranium, citrusy bergamot, cedar, Damask rose, and ambrette seed. The blend is meant to amount to the aroma of the actress’ very rich and powerful vag. Additionally, Goop describes it as “a funny, gorgeous, sexy, and beautifully unexpected scent.” 

We’re not sure if the name is meant to be a joke, or if the candle actually smells like lady parts 

According to a previous Goop description, the provocative name came from a joke between perfumer Douglas Little and Paltrow. The two were testing a fragrance one day when she declared, “Uhhh, this smells like a vagina.” The bouquet evolved into a “funny, gorgeous, sexyand beautifully unexpected scent.”

Let us not forget that Paltrow’s vagina products have landed the businesswoman in hot water before

In September 2019, Goop paid a $145,000 settlement in a lawsuit over vaginal eggs. The website had made unproven claims that the Jade Egg and the Rose Quartz Egg, could “balance hormones, regulate menstrual cycles, prevent uterine prolapse, and increase bladder control,” said the Orange County District Attorney’s office in California. Not so, said the California Food, Drug and Medical Device Task Force, who argued that Goop’s assertion wasn’t based on scientific evidence.

Like many other products sold on Goop’s website, the 10.5-ounce hooha-inspired candle is relatively overpriced, ringing up at $75. 

But alas, that hasn’t stopped a flurry of curious online shoppers from snagging one in hopes of gleaning feelings of “fantasy, seduction, and a sophisticated warmth,” as the product description promises. 

Unsurprisingly, the internet nearly broke when the news about this candle broke. Keep reading for some of Twitter’s funniest reactions.

You all need a time-out indeed.

The future is now, folks

Who would’ve thought this would be what 2020 had in store for us. 

Jenny here, sure knows how to crack a vajayjay joke

Ouch…burrrn

And then, ‘The Rock’ got involved —yup, you read that right. 

Given that this is evidently the nature of the times we’re living in, whether we like it or not, comedian Adam Ray suggested on Instagram that The Yankee Candle Company should get in on the action by selling candles that smell of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson‘s balls.

Responding to the post, the wrestler-turned-actor joked that he had tried to create such a product in the past, but it hadn’t quite gone to plan.

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He wrote: “Brother I tried to make those candles but I kept burning my balls. So I moved on to shampoo.” Now there’s an image for us all to enjoy. He also added the hashtag ‘#scentofsac’, which I think really adds a certain something to the story.

The candle is a collaboration with Heretic, a perfume company that has revolutionised fragrance with their chemical-free, androgynous products.

“We sit on the floor and geek out on fragrance,” Paltrow shared of the collaboration. 

‘This Smells Like my Vagina’ is a nice little pre-game for the absurdity that is coming.

Surely, the viral and much-talked-about candle has something to do with Gwyneth’s new Netflix docu-series, The Goop Lab. The show will delve deep into the actresses surreal world of yoni eggs and unorthodox wellness practices. Set to premiere on Netflix on January 24th, we can’t help to suspect whether or not this candle is a great marketing stunt to create a buzz around Gwen’s brand. 

As a self-confessed Goop tragic, I think that everything that the website, and Gwyneth does is a comedy goldmine. You could lock all the SNL alumni in a room and they’d never come up with things as bone-shatteringly funny as the Goop shop and newsletters, case in point, this title; ‘Inbox sage for the digital age.’ —no joke. I hope that Gwyneth never stops. I hope that she keeps promoting crazy health teas and rose quartz dildos until her final days.

She Immigrated From Mexico And Now She Is Going To Be Selling Her Tamales To Fans At The New Warriors’ Arena

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She Immigrated From Mexico And Now She Is Going To Be Selling Her Tamales To Fans At The New Warriors’ Arena

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This year is the start of a new era for Golden State Warriors basketball as the team has packed its bags from the old Oracle Arena in Oakland to the shiny new Chase Center in downtown San Francisco. The move across the bay will also coincide with a new line of food options that represent some of the Bay Area’s diverse foodscape. This will include the addition of tamales from an entrepreneur that has waited close to 20 years for an opportunity like this. 

Say hello to Alicia Villanueva, 58, who just landed a contract to sell her tamales at the new arena. Her story is one that represents the best of the American dream and shows the value of hard work.

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Born in the city of Mazatlan, in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, Villanueva immigrated to the U.S. with a dream to start a business selling tamales. Since a young age, she had been stuffing tamales with her mother and her abuelita. She believed tamales could be a way to connect her story to those of the people around her and as a way to make a living for her family. But this wouldn’t be easy and it would also take a lot of sacrifice on her behalf. 

So Villanueva hustled. During the day she would clean houses and take care of the disabled. Then at night, she would turn her attention over to tamales where she would make close to 100 tamales a day and up to 500 tamales in a single week. She would then take to the streets going door to door in her Berkeley neighborhood and at local job sites selling tamales. 

“I would knock on doors and introduce myself” after picking up her two young sons from school, Villanueva told the Mercury News. “Some of them became huge customers.”

Thanks to the help of San Francisco-based kitchen incubator La Cocina, who is also her partner in the contract with Chase Center, Villanueva’s dream is slowly becoming a reality.

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Alicia’s Tamales Los Mayas is now getting its time in the spotlight thanks to its partnership with La Cocina, a nonprofit that provides kitchen space and financial training for talented women entrepreneurs. There was also assistance from the Opportunity Fund, another nonprofit that lends money to entrepreneurs who might not qualify for certain loans from other banks. Thanks to that money, Villanueva has taken her tamale business from her Berkeley kitchen to a new 6,000-square-foot facility in Hayward, where she and her 24 employees are able to make 40,000 tamales a month.

“We have a moral obligation to say yes to people like Alicia,” Luz Urrutia, CEO of San Jose-based Opportunity Fund told the Mercury News. “She embodies the American dream, the entrepreneurial spirit.” She says that when entrepreneurs like Villanueva get financial assistance it creates a “ripple effect in our communities.”

All she ever wanted was for someone to take a chance on her tamales and now this the start of what Villanueva hopes is a growing food business that has been years in the making. 

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The sky now seems to be the limit for Villanueva as she is looking to grow even more. As of now, she is having conversations with Whole Foods to hopefully sell her frozen tamales at hot bars in certain stores this December. This will be in addition to the tamales she already sells at Berkeley Bowl and UC Berkeley.

With an increasing demand for her tamales, there is also an opportunity to try new things like introducing organic and vegan options. As well as having her business become zero waste and hopefully start a community garden for the public. 

Things are moving quickly for Villanueva and her family, who assist her every day making tamales, as the business has come full circle after years of just getting by. Tamal orders are coming in every day and with her new partnership with the Warriors, who just last week asked her to deliver 5,000 tamales to the Chase Center, things are finally falling into place. 

“I just can’t believe it,” Villanueva said while showcasing all of her new cooking equipment she was able to purchase due to the loan. “I’m living a beautiful dream.”

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