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Life & Work with Feilani Rubin

Today we’d like to introduce you to Feilani Rubin.

Hi Feilani, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I was inspired during the quarantine of 2020, to gift candles to friends & family. I gave away hundreds. I literally couldn’t stop making them (laughs)! I wanted to give as many people as I could something that would help uplift their spirits & fill their homes with inspiring fragrances during such an unusual time. Before I knew it, my passion became a business…. Mostly from word of mouth around the Malibu community, which is thankfully so supportive of its local artisans. As I continue to learn & grow, we still believe in hand pouring our candles in small batches. And gifting candles is still something I love to do! It’s a way of telling someone “here, have some well-deserved self-love, relaxation & ambiance!”

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I think I was so immersed in developing the actual product that I was numb to any struggles… Months of testing felt like it went by fast because I was having so much fun. I’m still learning & growing. But if anything ever feels like a struggle to me, it means trying something different or going a softer route. So I try to do just that. Staying positive as a full-time mom & chandler is such a big part of keeping things fun & creative.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
We LOVE creating modern & complex signature fragrances. And one of the best ways to curate is to collaborate with other brands. It’s such a fun process! I’m honored & beyond thankful to work with creative & kind people behind beautiful brands. The most exciting & current collaborations with Ubilam Malibu Candles are with @johnhenrysalon @bleusalt @lomolique. & @jhomemalibu. Upcoming collabs we look forward to sharing with you are with @malibufoundation @delpozzojewelry @pistolandlucy & @coda.malibu. These collaborations blend 2 worlds together, creating the most beautiful fragrances with depth & stories behind them.

Ubilam is committed to being an eco-conscious brand. So we use renewable, sustainable vegan soy wax from U.S. grown soybeans. Our fragrance oils are 100% clean & free from toxins.

Our scents are made with a mix of 100% clean fragrance oils & carefully selected essential oils that can withstand high temperatures.

I love & respect the craftsmanship of making our candles by hand. From hand pouring the wax into each vessel to labeling every candle ourselves, it’s a big part of who we are.

What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was passionate about the creative art of hula dancing. Since I was seven my mom would take me to my hula classes regularly. I’ll never forget my hula teacher, Ms. Lee, she had a positive impact on me. Like my own mom, she was generous, kind & patient. I continued hula dancing professionally well into my 20s.

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@cristinebernesphotography for the personal photo of Feilani Rubin

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