Hello & Salaam!
My name is Sobia Hussain, and I was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. I am a creative entrepreneur, soap artisan and freelance writer. I am also a self-taught illustrator who gets to share my passion for watercolour through commission and conducting paint workshops. My artisan skincare brand, The Olive Tree Soap Company, was founded in 2011.
I've had the amazing opportunity to work & collaborate with some of the greatest brands and individuals I draw inspiration from, including: My Halal Kitchen, Peter Gould, Muslim Gift Guide part of Gould.Community, Kung Pik Liu of former Sakina Design, Kaamilah, Tetley Tea, Toronto Designers Market, Halal Foodie, Halal Gems, and Productive Muslim.
My products from The Olive Tree Soap Company have also been featured on CityLine, the longest running & most successful daytime show for women in Canadian history. I have to admit, it was uber exciting to see on screen!
In addition, I run creative children's Discovery Workshops where I conduct hand-on STEAM-related workshops in areas of arts and science mostly. I believe in helping kids discover their inner talents and passions through exploration of all kinds of fields. It's about nurturing their creative souls.
Random Facts About Me
I'm inspired by vibrant colours, nature and human connections. Blue is my favourite colour, any shade. I thrive on faith, positive vibes, creativity & lifelong learning. You'll typically find me doing something with my hands, whether it's making soaps, cooking new foods, throwing clay at the wheel or writing lists galore. I'm a travel junkie by heart and dreamer of travelling the world - meeting new people and experiencing new sights and cultures!
On my free time, I like to experiment with photography and learn new tricks with my camera. Latte art and good coffee has a strange place in my heart. I love everything there is to do with science, and the cosmos excite me deeply. Reading is my window to the world.
My motto is do what you love and do it well. Be ambassadors of peace, love and compassion. Be respectful and carry yourself with dignity. Be of service to others for you will be compensated in unforeseen ways.
If I could, I'd live as a nomad, roaming this beautiful planet, discovering hidden gems that lay within it. Oh, and I love our precious Earth, and greatly value the efforts to protect it. If you don't mind me saying, I think you should care, too.
Peace & Smiles,