Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements is the combined energy and talents of two artisan soap makers who have honed their skills over time and combined their visions to create one showcase for their "accoutrements."
Frances - Growing up on a farm with an inventor father, Frances witnessed first hand how to take a concept born out of need to it's fulfillment as an actual product. Her father created a lotion specifically to help heal and protect horses feet. It was called, The Dry Hoof Solution. Her early experiences of filling bottles, labeling, packing, and observation proved useful when she was ready to start her own soap making hobby turned business, Petal Pusher Fancies.
In between helping dad and making soap, Frances has been a practicing acupuncturist and herbalist, making formulas uniquely suited to each individual's needs.
Now taking the next step, Frances is excited to bring her creations here to Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements and continue to refine and expand her knowledge, skill, and creativity to being ever more unique and quality offerings to the table.
Hodges - Soap Maker, Cologne Crafter, Graphic Designer, Musician, Inventor, Artist.....and the list goes on! Hodges has been "creating" in one form or another his entire life. While living in Costa Rica for 4 years he tried his hand at his first topical solution, "Itch No Mas." This was a concoction engineered to, you guessed it, take the itch away after a bug bite, and it worked. What itch no mas also seemed to accomplish, quite successfully, was inspiring Hodges to take this passion for product creation further into soaps, lotions, tonics, balms, colognes, and deodorants, just to name a few.
Hodges also produces the podcast "Moustache and Blade," as well as runs the popular blog, HowToGrowAMoustache.com, under the pen name, Douglas Smythe (He answers to both names!)
In his spare time...wait! He has no spare time. Well, when he's not doing all of the above he's busy thinking about the next great wet shaving software soon to come down the line!
We're very excited to bring HowToGrowAMoustache and Petal Pusher Fancies officially under one roof as
Phoenix Artisan Accoutrements. We hope you enjoy what's coming next along with us!