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Homemade Bay Rum Aftershave For A Cool, Soothing Feel

Why is it necessary to apply aftershave?  Aftershave is designed to help tighten the pores after shaving, but its alcohol content can usually dry the skin out.  Most men do not use moisturizer, so we’ll teach you how to make your own homemade bay rum aftershave that soothes your skin, and worry no more about having to moisturize.

Bay Rum Aftershave | Homemade Bay Rum Aftershave For A Cool, Soothing Feel

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Homemade Bay Rum Aftershave For A Cool, Soothing Feel

How To Make Your Own Bay Rum Aftershave

 

Commercial aftershaves may contain substances that can irritate the skin, which is why homemade ones have become appealing to a lot of people nowadays.  Homemade bay rum aftershave leaves the skin fresh and smooth and has a light and spicy fragrance for men.  It is traditionally made by a complex distillation process, but you can prepare your own batch using this simplified recipe.

 

What you will need:

  • 12 to 16 East Indian bay tree leaves
  • Mason jar and lid
  • 8 – 10 cloves
  • 1 tablespoon crushed allspice berries
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • Vodka
  • Jamaican Rum
  • Cool dark place for storage
  • Coffee filters
  • Bottle

 

 

Follow these simple steps to start making your bay rum aftershave:

 

Step 1. Prep the Leaves

Step 1 | Homemade Bay Rum Aftershave For A Cool, Soothing Feel

Place some leaves of the West Indian bay tree called “Pimenta Racemosa” in a wide mouth mason jar.

 

Step 2. Mix the other Ingredients

Step 2 | Homemade Bay Rum Aftershave For A Cool, Soothing Feel

Add some cloves, crushed allspice berries and grated ginger to the jar.

 

Step 3. Vodka

Step 3 | Homemade Bay Rum Aftershave For A Cool, Soothing Feel

Fill the jar with a mixture of 5 parts vodka to 1 part Jamaican dark rum, and cover the jar with a tightly fitting lid.

 

Step 4. Keep in a Cool Dark Place

Step 4 | Homemade Bay Rum Aftershave For A Cool, Soothing Feel

Let the rum, leaves and spices sit in the jar for several weeks in a cool dark place.

 

Step 5. Filter the Residue

Step 5 | Homemade Bay Rum Aftershave For A Cool, Soothing Feel

Filter the liquid through coffee filters until all of the residue is gone.

 

And you’re done!

Fragrance bottle

Use a funnel and carefully pour into an attractive bottle.

 

Here is the video by Howcast for more visuals in making your bay rum aftershave.

So you see how easy it is to make your own aftershave.  This is one cool project you may want to consider doing in your free time.  Not only is it soothing and refreshing for your skin after shaving, but you also know what exactly you’re using to avoid harmful substances.  You’ll certainly find it better than the commercial ones normally bought in stores.

 

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