He realized the fascination and the emotion these unexplored treasures could evoke in Europe"s elegant women. While the French were infatuated with everything English, he opened his perfumery under the name "Parfumerie Victoria"., as a tribute to the Queen of England. Among Jean-Baptiste's first major innovations was his essence of Ylang-Ylang in 1860. Nicknamed Fleur des Fleaurs (or Roi des Parfums), it won over the entire elegant and privileged class of the period. -- immediately ranking La Maison Rigaud among the great Paris perfumeries.
The reputation of Rigaud candles has crossed all borders, and Rigaud is distributed in more than 30 countries around the world.
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.