Javela Singleton is Owner & Head Creative of Gifted Hands Artisan Soap a boutique, small batch, soap company located in Greenville, SC. Javela has crafted delightful, handmade soap fragrances, from eucalyptus to lavender, prioritizing the ingredients going into them by avoiding harmful substances found in mainstream soaps. Javela has a passion for making bodies sing through her business which produces exquisitely designed bars, creams, and balms. A business birth purely out of personal need during a time in her life that seemed dim, lifeless & a bit hopeless.
Her journey was marriage and motherhood, or so she thought. Soon after marrying her husband, Steven, Javela was diagnosed with polycystic ovarian syndrome, a leading cause of infertility. Desiring to have children, and raised in a strong faith community, Javela prayed for healing, but also sought ways she could help alleviate the problem. Through extensive research, she discovered that certain chemicals in personal care and cleaning products can disrupt hormones in our bodies, which can affect fertility.
Though her journey into entrepreneurship started out of a personal need she soon began to realize that God was preparing her for ministry. Along her journey, she has met so many women with a God-given heart for one purpose or another that are living wounded and unfulfilled lives. Those women are now part of her journey and purpose.
"I love to speak into the life of that woman. The woman who is broken and sees no end in sight, because I'm a living witness that God can take something that the enemy meant for harm and burn it to the ground and use it as fertilizer in your life to grow you into a beautiful flower of purpose." Javela explains.
Ultimately, she still desires to be a mother but is striving to allow God to define her life.
"Yes! Gifted Hands Artisan Soap is a beautiful, handcrafted personal care company but it is also my story of beauty for ashes, and my heart is for the woman who is still holding on to her ashes, whatever it or they may be. My ashes were infertility, but God is helping me shed them so that I may see the beauty of the journey he is bringing me through,” states Javela.