Jo Macfarlane is one of Scotland’s hand poured luxury Soy candle makers based in the beautiful East Neuk of Fife, home to a wealth of Artisan makers and artists. She works from her home creating Soy candles. We were delighted to work in collaboration with Jo to create a bespoke signature scented ‘1924’ candle to evoke a memory and relaxing ambiance with our customers new and old.
It took a while to decide on the right scent, we wanted it to be reflective of our surroundings. We didn’t want the scent to be too sweet or floral, too feminine or too masculine! We trolled through various scents and combinations to create our desired final smell and boy was it good!
The final scents were fresh basil and sage taking inspirations from our gardens with a clean and zesty aroma. Although we adored the final choice the name ‘Basil and Sage’ was a little uninspiring. So back to the drawing board we went to create a name to encompass Rufflets and our new luxury product.
Rufflets house was built in 1924 as a private home for Mrs Anne Brydon Gilroy, the widow of a prominent Dundee jute baron, and was designed by a well-known Dundee architect, Donald Mills. Mrs Gilroy’s initials, ABG 1924, are engraved on the key-stone above the door leading to the formal south garden.
As this was where Rufflets all began we thought it perfectly fitting to use the name ‘The 1924’ to mark the beginning of our Journey with Jo. There are many prominent years in Rufflets history, 1954 when the Rufflets first opened as a hotel for example. So watch this space for more exciting scents!