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Jean-Baptiste Rigaud, a great French perfumer of the 19th century

Following studies in chemistry in his native Auvergne in Riom, Jean-Baptiste came to Paris in 1852 to collaborate with the laboratories Grimault & Cie, famous for their aromatic products such as the “Iodized horseradish syrup” or the “Anti-asthmatic Indian cigarette”

With passion and guided by his imagination he decides to make his first steps in the Paris business milieu and in the world of perfumery and discover new scents in exotic lands, soon realizing the fascination and the emotion these unexploited treasures could awaken in Europe’s elegant ladies.
Over time, Jean-Baptiste will transform this general pharmacy into a larger company.

Back in Paris at a time when the French aristocracy was experiencing a real infatuation with everything English, Jean-Baptiste 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.

He explained his approach in these terms: “In founding a perfumery house, my aim was higher than simply to engage in the ordinary commerce of perfumery.

I therefore hit upon the idea that introducing a new aromatic plant would be like adding a new note to my keyboard, as it were, and that only on that condition would I be able to create new products bearing the stamp of originality.”

Luxury and elegance: Rigaud home fragrances

At the turn of the 21st century, the market for body perfumes had become banalized and perfumers’ creativity was hampered by marketing constraints. But La Maison Rigaud was giving the perfumer’s imagination free rein. Perpetuating the great tradition of French perfumery, new, daring and inventive compositions were created, with evocative names – Bois Précieux, Jardin d’Orient – in tribute to the fine perfumes of old time.

La Maison Rigaud continues to innovate, with a collection of natural environmental fragrance diffusers to explore new ways of softly and lightly scenting the home at every moment of the day or night.

The reputation of Rigaud candles has crossed all borders, and Rigaud is distributed in more than 30 countries around the world and in the major capitals of all continents.

Rigaud scented candles and home fragrances are on view in San Francisco at Gumps along with the leading luxury perfumes, as a symbol of French elegance and refinement.

The candles perfume the residencies of worldwide wealthy families, royal courts, large ministries, palaces and the living room of celebrities, such as King Juan Carlos I of Spain, Prince Albert of Monaco, Prince Charles of England, the Vatican, The Ministry of Defence, Quai d’Orsay, the Hôtel Matignon (the french first minister residence), the Hôtel du Palais in Biarritz, the Normandy Barriere and Royal Barriere hotels in Deauville, the Diana hotel in Carnac, Mister President Nicolas Sarkozy, Mrs Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, Mrs Princess Lee Radziwill, Mrs Sylvie Vartan, Mr Julien Clerc, Mr Laurent Voulzy, Mr Patrick de Carolis, Mrs Ines de la Fressange, the Blair House in Washington DC and Mme Donatella Versace.

And so La Maison Rigaud remains faithful to the spirit of its founder, who himself expressed his calling with these inspired words:

“A great perfumer must be a veteran and a specialist. He is not only the one who succeeds in creating a fine perfume, but who also manages to transform into fragrance some of life’s most poetic manifestations.” — Jean-Baptiste.

The Rigaud family always remained owner of its brand and since 2011 it is Mario Rigaud’s daughter who is the President.

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