365 New Orleans: Southern Rhoades

Bywater New Orleans


365 New Orleans is focused on local artists and businesses. Every single day, for one year, a new person or place will be highlighted. Follow along on Instagram: @365NewOrleans 


Texas native turned Bywater apothecarist, Jessica Rhoades spends months harvesting herbs for her goods. Jessica grew up on a ranch in Texas where her dad is a wildlife biologist. He would always make his own oils and give them out as gifts. She learned early on in life about using plants to their fullest potential.

Rhoades Apothecary tries to keep their carbon footprint as small as possible. Everything is printed on recycled materials and she grows most of the products herself. Some of the many products she cooks up are hand soaps, coffee scrubs, body oils, candles, and room sprays.

Jessica doesn’t make anything that she herself wouldn’t use. No dyes are used and only essential oils are used for fragrance.

Editor’s Note: Pick up a bar of her Wild Bill’s hand soap. It’s named after her father and  filled with rosemary, citrus, myrrh powder, olive oil, and cayenne pepper. I could not stop smelling it!



1. Tell me about Southern Rhoades.  

We are an organic, Bywater apothecary. It’s an all natural alternative from chemical laden products. Most of the products are home harvested. What I can’t grow myself, I get from local producers. I try to source as much locally as I can. The sugar is from Two Brothers farm. The coffee in the coffee scrub is from Cafe Du Monde. The beeswax is local. I like to control the process from start to finish so you know exactly what is in your product.

Then everything is made here in my Bywater studio!


2. How long have you been in business? 

March of 2016


3. How do people find you online? 

southernrhoades.com, Facebook, and Instagram @southern_rhoades


4. What is lesser known about your business that you wish more people knew? 

That we do grow a lot of our own ingredients – people seemed the most surprised by that.


5. Lagniappe Info. 

Some of our items go out of stock because the products are out of season, or we had a particularly hard winter.

I make my hydrosol in my own copper still.

We offer smudge workshops. I had a bachelorette party before that came and picked out their own herbs and made their own smudge sticks for the brides wedding. It was a very rustic type wedding out in the Carolinas so they wanted that earthy feel. It was really great. We will be expending these workshops.

You can buy my products locally at Belladonna, the New Orleans Food Co-Op, Potence Collective, and Sweet Olive Salon.

When you place an order online, that is when it is made. Everything is made fresh.

My best seller is the lip balm. People love it.


Need more info – contact Jessica at southernrhoades@gmail.com


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