“something adding to pleasure or comfort but not absolutely necessary.” - Merriam-Webster
Elegant. Timeless. Quality. Luxurious. Haute Gamme. Anyone who has ever purchased or had the pleasure of smelling a Rigaud Paris candle will agree that these words describe a Rigaud candle perfectly. Considered by many to be one of the finest, most elegant, and highest quality candles made in the world today, each Rigaud candle is hand-poured and inspected to ensure a premium, consistent quality product. These luxury candles have qualities that are both tangible and intangible that set them apart from inexpensive or more run of the mill, regular wax candles. In many respects, the gorgeous colored waxes created by Rigaud are the perfect accompaniment to even the most elegant of rooms.
Dating back to 1852, Rigaud began creating innovative perfumes for royals and aristocrats alike- but it wasn’t until just after World War II, that the Rigaud family designed a specific wax and entirely new product --the world’s first scented candles --that would be able to transmit their handcrafted perfume into the air through a lit candle. And the world has never looked back.Why are Rigaud Candles in a League All of Its Own?
Below are some of the reasons why we and buyers love Rigaud Paris candles, setting them apart from most other luxury candles, and putting them into a league all their own:
- Sophisticated Fragrance Notes. Known for creating superbly intense concentrations of fragrance in every candle, Rigaud utilizes concentrations of between 8% and 12%, much higher than the industry average. Their candles are a confluence of fragrances that are expertly balanced with top, middle and bottom fragrance notes identical to a high-quality perfume. (Unlike lesser expensive candles which typically have a single scent making them one dimensional, Rigaud is a symphony of clear fragrance notes.) As a result, when you burn a Rigaud candle you’ll experience hours of a comforting, aromatic fragrance as the wax begins to soften beneath the flame allowing the fragrance to flow freely into your home.
- Quality of Wax. Rigaud candles are all hand-poured, prepared and packed by hand. The soft wax is cooled very slowly and carefully to ensure a perfect fill. With very long burn times, the unique composition of Rigaud’s soft wax allows the candles to burn evenly, without leaving any deposit on the glass and, most importantly, they do not tunnel, unlike hard wax candles. Because the wax remains liquid whilst the candle is lit, every drop of the wax is consumed. To highlight the beautiful soft wax colors, Rigaud uses clear glass vessels to allow the beautiful colors of the wax to reflect the style of your home.
- Luxury Presentation & Packaging. Rigaud scented candles are presented in a thick glass container, decorated with hand-tied embossed satin ribbons in the tradition of the great French luxury houses. All arrive in their signature black and white zebra gift boxes, complete with a silver metal base and lid (except for the large “recharge” / refill candle designed to be used as a refill to the large candle). The large candles come a silver metal round holder with round ring (chamber candle style), and silver-metal snuffer cap.
Presently, Rigaud limits its candle scents to six wonderful, memorable fragrances that will transport you to a tranquil world: Cyprès, Cythère, Gardénia, Bois Précieux, Reine de la Nuit, and Vésuve.
Cyprès. (pronounced ‘Sea-Prey’)
Introduced to the White House by Jacqueline Kennedy in 1960, Cyprés is a blend of lavender, the woody, crisp notes of pine needles, and the aroma of cedar wood. This fragrance is deceivingly mild--not at all overwhelming--but a lovely, elegant, fresh scent suitable for any room or occasion. It is Rigaud’s signature fragrance and by far their most popular. There is no other fragrance equivalent to it on the market today.
Cythère (pronounced ‘Sin-tee-aire’)
Named after the Cythère fruit with its origins in Polynesia, Cythère is rich in contrasts: fruity notes reveal hints of jasmine, delicate and transparent, on a slightly musky backdrop. Popular all year ‘round, but especially popular during the holiday season due to its color and classic scent.
Gardénia (pronounced Gar-den-ee-ah)
What’s not to love with the wonderful fragrance of gardenias in bloom? Considered by many to be the finest white gardenia scent in the world, this voluptuous, intoxicating floral bouquet, blending the scents of white flowers with the fresh, green notes of Provence rose is especially popular in the spring and summer months. Rigaud’s Gardénia brings a fresh and clean floral note to any room. Rigaud’s Gardénia spray is also very popular for powder and guest baths.
Bois Précieux (pronounced ‘be-wah-prey-see-you’)
Bois Précieux translates as “precious woods.” Its fragrance has remembrances of Asia with houses built of wood in the heart of an old city, hot, reeling spices… An uncommon woody harmony of patchouli and teak brings a refined touch of exoticism into your home.Reine de la Nuit (Pronounced ‘rein-de-la-new-ee’)
The color of the night sky, this is the scent of the tropics as dusk falls. This fragrance – Reine de la Nuit (Queen of the Night) is a heady, sensual and mysterious scent. This scent reminds us of the perfume, Shalimar: exotic and captivating. Always a favorite of both men and women.
Vésuve (pronounced ‘vey-suve’)
Inspired by the majesty of Naples’ great volcano, Vésuve is filled with rare and precious essences: amber and incense. A gentle eruption of cedar and vetiver with the warm and spicy notes of cinnamon and cumin. If you like the scent of a wood burning fireplace, then this is the one for you. Perfect in the autumn and winter months. With long hour burn times, you will be able to enjoy the smoky fragrance of amber, incense, cedar and cinnamon long after the turkey leftovers have all been eaten. Nothing compares to it!
Whatever the time of year or occasion, give the gift of pure luxury with any of Rigaud’s sumptuous range of hand-crafted, aromatic candles. From the warm, cedar, and spicy notes of cinnamon and cumin which bring personality Vésuve , to the nostalgic winter scent of Cyprès, to the wonderfully floral fragrance of Gardenia’s in bloom with Gardènia, Rigaud is truly a gift like no other. And do try the Rigaud home fragrance sprays. They are the perfect complement to the candle when you want an immediate luxurious aroma to fill a room. Shop the complete Rigaud collection today at Au Bon Goût Boutique. Always in stock.