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Jean-Baptiste Rigaud, French perfumers since 1852

Following studies in chemistry in his native Auvergne, Jean-Baptiste Rigaud came to Paris in 1852 to experience his passion and reveal the artist within him. He made his first steps in the Paris business milieu and in the world of perfumery with a renowned pharmacist, Monsieur Grimault. With passion and determination, guided by his imagination, he resolved to travel the world in order to find new and undiscovered scents in exotic lands, soon realizing the fascination and the emotion these unexploited riches could awaken in Europe’s fine ladies.

Back in Paris at a time when the French aristocracy was experiencing a real infatuation with everything English, Jean-Baptiste Rigaud opened his perfumery in the rue Vivienne, under the name “Parfumerie Victoria” as a tribute to the Queen of England.

The names of the scents he purveyed to his clientele had a decidedly English sound: “Kiss Me Quick,” “Jockey Club,” “Bouquet Victoria.” He began what was to be a brilliant career by creating rare exotic perfumes, orienting his business along a hitherto unknown path.



A perfumer of genius and a creator of trends                                                                                                                  Among Jean-Baptiste Rigaud’s first major innovations was his essence of Ylang-Ylang in 1860, which earned the nicknames “Fleur des Fleurs” and “Roi des Parfums,” won over the entire elegant privileged class of the period, and immediately ranked the house of Rigaud among the great Paris perfumeries. 

Rigaud invents scented candles                                                                                                                                        After the second world war, Henri Rigaud’s son Mario, the great-grandson of Jean-Baptiste, took over the company. In 1957, he created the perfume “Eve Rêve,” which Louise de Vilmorin once called “the Fragrance of Paradise.” In the 1960s, his wife Viviane turned the boutique into a veritable private salon, like a boudoir where a great lady receives her peers. A lover of homes and interior decoration, blessed with unerring taste, Viviane Rigaud was also an innovator. With her husband, she was the creator of the first scented candle.

Mario Rigaud developed and patented an innovative wax formula. This was an original formula for a soft wax whose main characteristic was that it perfectly revealed the natural ingredients that make up the Rigaud perfumes and allowed them to be faithfully transmitted.

And that is how the Cyprès candle was born – dark green in color, presented in a container of hand-blown glass, tied with a red ribbon and with a silvered metal snuffer cap. It was the 1960s, and the Rigaud Cyprès candle was an international success. The scent of the Rigaud candle soon became the height of chic in well-appointed homes, and even in the White House when Jacqueline Kennedy was First Lady.

Everyone was talking about Rigaud’s marvelous “Parfum Flamme.” The Cyprès scented candle has now become the universal standard for environmental fragrances.

Thus a whole new business, home fragrances, developed – a springboard for the ambition of the house of Rigaud to play on all the stops of the master perfumer’s organ to create subtle, refined compositions and offer exquisite luxury articles. Beginning in the 1970s, other creations – Cythère, Tournesol, Gardénia – were adding beauty to chic interiors the world over, and also became available in the form of fragrance sprays. The famous Rigaud candle, with its silver snuffer cap and delicately hand-knotted satin ribbon, was seen on the front pages of all the decorating magazines of the period. 

source: Rigaud Paris

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