Sex Dust and vampire repellent: a stroll through Gwyneth Paltrow’s new LA store

Visitors to Goop Lab, the first permanent brick-and-mortar storage to feature the actors lifestyle firebrand, is available in something akin to heaven

In the apothecary division, two young lady were inspecting shelves with detox paraphernaliums, Sex Dust, clairvoyant ogre repellent and a shamanic purse with mending stones that included” the goddess stone” chrysocolla.

In the kitchen area, a baby and her toddler daughter were leafing through chocolate counter journals with entitlements like Foraged Flora, Sunday Suppers and Dinner Journals: Reviving the Artwork of the Hostess.

Lilli Lee was in the living room country with her friends flicking through a invests rack and loitered over a duo of lime-green trousers. She examined the price tag.” Three hundred dollars. Oh, am I in trouble ?”

Lee wasn’t in trouble. She was in Gwyneth Paltrow‘s new Los Angeles store, the alpha zen actor’s first permanent brick-and-mortar infinite of her lifestyle label Goop, and apparently that appeared pretty close to being in heaven.

“It’s just beautiful,” said Lee, 43, indicating the antique robe, chandelier and blue and magenta wall encompass- all inspired, like the rest of the storage, by the decor of a nearby bungalow owned by Paltrow.

The store, called Goop Lab, opened the coming week in Brentwood Country Mart, a gather of stores in a sumptuou, celebrity-filled district near the Pacific Ocean which likes to call plazas “marts”.

The shop is airy, bright and small-scale, precisely 1,300 sq paws, with soft music and smiling, white-clad organization- a physical incarnation of the online place that engenders commitment for Paltrow’s vision of wellness and scorn for commodities such as jade stones which wives are invited to insert into their vaginas.

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The dining room sphere of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop Lab collect in Los Angeles. Photo: Rory Carroll for the Guardian

” It’s all been choreographed by GP ,” said Heather Taylor, a storage director, exerting a expression of affection for her boss.” All the products are clean. They have nothing that could be harmful to the body .”

Some, however, may disembowel the wallet.

The entrance, which mimics a garden, offers” buttery and soft” deerskin mitts for $48, gold-handled floral scissors for $72 and the” prettiest compost bucket ever” for $175.

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Sex Dust, priced $38 per pot, for sale at Goop Lab in Los Angeles. Photograph: Rory Carroll for the Guardian

Further inside, you find a pair of Portuguese napkin sounds with images of sky off-color swallows for $56 and a champagne flute for $180. A silk blouse expenses $685; a floral dress $795.

The kitchen area is centred around an tusk and brass LaCanche oven where Goop food editors are due to concoct and equip exhibitions. Paltrow’s image beams from the blanket of her bible, It’s All Good: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super-Busy Home Cook ($ 34 ).

To the store’s “guests”- they are not announced clients- it was all good. Goop, which Paltrow started as a newsletter in 2008 and turned into a world firebrand , now had a sanctum: the artfully arranged blooms, the droll decoration, the wares which promised to stop ageing and banish bad vibes.

” I think it’s all somewhat positive and uplifting ,” said Heidi Brecker, 36, a longtime devotee, as she browsed some dresses.” Goop helps keep you young and fresh and colourful .” Brecker, it should be noted, inspected about 26.

The store’s vibe reminded her of London, where she used to live.” It “re all very” Westbourne Grove .”

One is simply ruminate what Little Nell would have made of a curiosity browse where nothing is supposed to grow old.

Brentwood Country Mart is sufficiently LA to have a signed off the car park reminding pilgrims they’re not at the coast:” Wear shirts and shoes. Leave dogs outside … No skateboards or rollerblades .”

During the Guardian’s visit, all Goop’s purchasers were slim lily-white maidens, save the toddler, who seemed destined to become one. She ransacked through the kitchenware, picking pieces at random.” What have you got there, honey ?” questioned her mom.” Nice! You have good taste .”

Some guests came out of interest, but all experienced Goop’s magic, said Taylor, the manager.” Nothing can come here and not buy anything. Everybody leaves with something .”

Walmart and Debenhams take note: options in the apothecary included jars of Sex Dust,” a lusty palatable formula alchemized to erupt and elicit sex energy in and out of the bedroom” ($ 38) and bottles of psychic ghoul repelling, comprising” sonically sung pearl elixirs” ($ 30 ).

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Psychic vampire repellent, priced $30 per bottle, for sale at Goop Lab. Photo: Rory Carroll for the Guardian

The medicine bag pebbles included pitch-black obsidian for” grinding and protection “, carnelian for” support for female questions”, lapis lazuli for” the speaking of one’s truth” and clear quartz for” associate with your higher self, suspicion and being steers” ($ 85 ). There was no evidence of vaginal jade stones.

Kitchenware included a $50 rolling pin with timber apparently regained from the Atlantic City Boardwalk, a type of rare south American hardwood” some of which is extinct today “, according to Goop’s website. All products, it says, are designed to let parties” shop with gist “.

Goop collaborated with the design firm Roman and Williams to mingle practice and yield decoration, Brittany Pattner, Goop’s experiential innovative lead, said via email.” Our installations are a short drive away from the accumulate, so we see it as an extension of our residence. A lab of sorts for us to experiment in, connect with local communities of books and customers .”

Goop had plans for further retail expansion, Pattner added.” We hope to share more bulletin about that soon .”

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