DIY Bay Rum Aftershave Recipes

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DIY Bay Rum Aftershave Recipes

Postby Stu » Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:08 am

Anyone got any nice recipes to make your own aftershave using bay rum? I bought some bay rum a while ago to try as a aftershave but am not too keen on the scent so want to try mixing it with some other ingredients to make something i might like.
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Re: DIY Bay Rum Aftershave Recipes

Postby admin » Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:27 am

I mixed in Old Spice - Wolfthorn, some witch hazel and some rose water.

The smell is very unique to say the least but the skin soothing properties are magnificent! My next 'special' mix will be a citrus / lime mix ;)
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Re: DIY Bay Rum Aftershave Recipes

Postby Vintage1973 » Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:18 pm

Hey, Chaps

Newbie here, but did a lot of surfing in a short time. Try this recipe on for size (for Oom's and Seuns):

Bay Rum Aftershave

4 Ounces Vodka
2 Tablespoons Jamaican Rum
2 Dried Bay Leaves (Don’t use the bay leaf they sell at the grocery store. While it’s good for soups, it’s not good for bay rum. Make sure to use Pimenta racemosa, sometimes available at natural food stores)
1/4 Teaspoon Allspice
1 Stick of Cinnamon, broken in pieces
Fresh Zest from a Small Orange

Combine all ingredients in a container such as a bottle or mason jar with a tightly fitting lid. Put the closed container in a dark, cool place (not in the refrigerator) for two weeks. This allows the alcohol to extract the essential oils from the bay leaves. After two weeks, strain the mixture through several layers of coffee filters. If necessary, repeat until no residue remains. Put in a nice bottle and splash on face after shaving.

Advantage: If you're outta blades, you can drown your sorrows.

Try and report back please.

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Re: DIY Bay Rum Aftershave Recipes

Postby Thug » Fri Sep 11, 2015 2:35 pm

Vintage1973 wrote:Hey, Chaps

Newbie here, but did a lot of surfing in a short time. Try this recipe on for size (for Oom's and Seuns):

Bay Rum Aftershave

4 Ounces Vodka
2 Tablespoons Jamaican Rum
2 Dried Bay Leaves (Don’t use the bay leaf they sell at the grocery store. While it’s good for soups, it’s not good for bay rum. Make sure to use Pimenta racemosa, sometimes available at natural food stores)
1/4 Teaspoon Allspice
1 Stick of Cinnamon, broken in pieces
Fresh Zest from a Small Orange

Combine all ingredients in a container such as a bottle or mason jar with a tightly fitting lid. Put the closed container in a dark, cool place (not in the refrigerator) for two weeks. This allows the alcohol to extract the essential oils from the bay leaves. After two weeks, strain the mixture through several layers of coffee filters. If necessary, repeat until no residue remains. Put in a nice bottle and splash on face after shaving.

Advantage: If you're outta blades, you can drown your sorrows.

Try and report back please.

Vintage1973


Thanks for the recipe.

Have decided it's high time to try my hand at making some Bay Rum.
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Re: DIY Bay Rum Aftershave Recipes

Postby RiverValleyTrading » Sat Sep 12, 2015 10:34 am

I'm starting to think these aftershave recipes are becoming a great cover story for running that home distillery :?: :lol:
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This is how I shave.


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Re: DIY Bay Rum Aftershave Recipes

Postby Thug » Mon Sep 21, 2015 3:55 pm

Anyone know where to buy Pimenta Racemosa bay leaves in Jozi?
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Re: DIY Bay Rum Aftershave Recipes

Postby HenkB » Thu Sep 24, 2015 4:17 am

Bay rum is very watery, which means that the great smell is gone not long after the shave. Is there anything that you can mix it with that could let that smell stsy longer?
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Re: DIY Bay Rum Aftershave Recipes

Postby Vintage1973 » Thu Sep 24, 2015 10:45 am

Thug wrote:Anyone know where to buy Pimenta Racemosa bay leaves in Jozi?


Hey, Chaps

I have started toying with essential oils, alcohol and shea butter - you can probably guess where I am going with this...home made pre- and after-shaves!

Thus, I have found another cash-draining web-site selling all kinds of well-smelling goodies, carrier oils and other accouterments.

Check this out, Thug: http://essentiallynatural.co.za/essenti ... l-oil.html

Stay Sharp.
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Re: DIY Bay Rum Aftershave Recipes

Postby Thug » Thu Sep 24, 2015 8:52 pm

Vintage1973 wrote:
Thug wrote:Anyone know where to buy Pimenta Racemosa bay leaves in Jozi?


Hey, Chaps

I have started toying with essential oils, alcohol and shea butter - you can probably guess where I am going with this...home made pre- and after-shaves!

Thus, I have found another cash-draining web-site selling all kinds of well-smelling goodies, carrier oils and other accouterments.

Check this out, Thug: http://essentiallynatural.co.za/essenti ... l-oil.html

Stay Sharp.


Thanks Vintage!
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Re: DIY Bay Rum Aftershave Recipes

Postby AndreV » Fri Sep 25, 2015 11:35 am

Here's another website you guys can try.

I found this when i was looking for the ingredients to make bay rum after shave balm
http://www.soapbarn.co.za/

The reminds me, i must revisit that idea. did all the research all thats left is getting everything and executing.

Here's the recipe for the interested
http://abundanceonadime.blogspot.co.za/ ... shave.html
Shaving like it should be done!!
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Re: DIY Bay Rum Aftershave Recipes

Postby Thug » Fri Sep 25, 2015 11:50 am

This is the recipe I'm going to give a bash.

Ingredients
• 1/2 cup white rum
• 1/4 cup witch hazel
• 1/4 cup filtered water
• 15 drops Pimenta racemosa bay oil (found over on Amazon) or leaves
• 5 drops essential oil of clove or 5 dried clove buds
• 10 drops essential oil of lime or 1 teaspoon of lime zest or 1 teaspoon lime extract
• 1/2 cinnamon stick or 1/4 teaspoon dried cinnamon powder
• 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
• 1 Tablespoon authentic vanilla extract
• 1/2 teaspoon pure liquid vegetable glycerin
• 1/2 teaspoon honey (optional)
• Mason jar

Instructions

Feel free to use extracts found in the baking section of most stores in place of dried herbs &/or essential oils. Lime, lemon, clove, cinnamon and vanilla actually work quite well and are just as good for the skin. They're a lot easier to find locally as well.

Combine the rum, witch hazel and water together and add in any dry ingredients that you may be using such as the cinnamon &/or allspice. Gently bring to a simmer then remove from heat. Cover and allow to sit until liquid has fully cooled.

Taking a mason jar or any glass container with a tight fitting lid, transfer the brew and allow to sit and steep for 5 to 7 days in a cool, dark place.

Remove any plant material and strain the resulting liquid through a coffee filter.

Add in your Pimenta racemosa bay essential oil along with any essential oils and extract versions that you will be using. Swirl and smell.

Now's the time to tweak, adding more clove oil or lime if desired.

Finish by adding in the glycerin and honey as natural preservatives and added skin soothers.
Decant into a glass bottle with stopper and you're done!
Since this is a completely natural aftershave lotion, keeping it in a refrigerator will greatly improve its shelf life.
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Re: DIY Bay Rum Aftershave Recipes

Postby panthera » Fri Sep 25, 2015 12:32 pm

Thug wrote:This is the recipe I'm going to give a bash.

Ingredients
• 1/2 cup white rum
• 1/4 cup witch hazel
• 1/4 cup filtered water
• 15 drops Pimenta racemosa bay oil (found over on Amazon) or leaves
• 5 drops essential oil of clove or 5 dried clove buds
• 10 drops essential oil of lime or 1 teaspoon of lime zest or 1 teaspoon lime extract
• 1/2 cinnamon stick or 1/4 teaspoon dried cinnamon powder
• 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
• 1 Tablespoon authentic vanilla extract
• 1/2 teaspoon pure liquid vegetable glycerin
• 1/2 teaspoon honey (optional)
• Mason jar

Instructions

Feel free to use extracts found in the baking section of most stores in place of dried herbs &/or essential oils. Lime, lemon, clove, cinnamon and vanilla actually work quite well and are just as good for the skin. They're a lot easier to find locally as well.

Combine the rum, witch hazel and water together and add in any dry ingredients that you may be using such as the cinnamon &/or allspice. Gently bring to a simmer then remove from heat. Cover and allow to sit until liquid has fully cooled.

Taking a mason jar or any glass container with a tight fitting lid, transfer the brew and allow to sit and steep for 5 to 7 days in a cool, dark place.

Remove any plant material and strain the resulting liquid through a coffee filter.

Add in your Pimenta racemosa bay essential oil along with any essential oils and extract versions that you will be using. Swirl and smell.

Now's the time to tweak, adding more clove oil or lime if desired.

Finish by adding in the glycerin and honey as natural preservatives and added skin soothers.
Decant into a glass bottle with stopper and you're done!
Since this is a completely natural aftershave lotion, keeping it in a refrigerator will greatly improve its shelf life.


This looks very nice Thug! You should make a batch without the Witch Hazel and Glycerin and see how it tastes.
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Re: DIY Bay Rum Aftershave Recipes

Postby Thug » Fri Sep 25, 2015 3:47 pm

panthera wrote:This looks very nice Thug! You should make a batch without the Witch Hazel and Glycerin and see how it tastes.


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Re: DIY Bay Rum Aftershave Recipes

Postby Thug » Fri Sep 25, 2015 4:28 pm

So I placed my order and should be receiving next week, the following:

Escentia Bay West Indian (Pimenta racemosa) Essential Oil - Size : 11ml
Escentia Clove Bud (Eugenia caryophyllata) Essential Oil - Size : 11ml
Escentia Lime (Citrus aurantifolia) Essential Oil - Size : 11ml

Then the fun can begin. :D
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Re: DIY Bay Rum Aftershave Recipes

Postby Thug » Wed Sep 30, 2015 2:45 pm

So received this from the couriers this morning but will wait until I'm back from Overseas before starting the brewing process. :D

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Re: DIY Bay Rum Aftershave Recipes

Postby admin » Wed Sep 30, 2015 3:25 pm

Thug wrote:until I'm back from Overseas before starting the brewing process. :D


Bet you have a small shopping list already in your wallet? :lol:
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Re: DIY Bay Rum Aftershave Recipes

Postby Vintage1973 » Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:49 pm

Thug wrote:So received this from the couriers this morning but will wait until I'm back from Overseas before starting the brewing process. :D

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Nice! Let us know how it turns out. I'll let you have some of my Bay Rum A/S, after it has done steeping for a month...

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Re: DIY Bay Rum Aftershave Recipes

Postby Thug » Mon Nov 02, 2015 3:49 pm

Okidoki, so the brewing started yesterday and the result is being stored in a cupboard for a week before I add the essential oils.

Unfortunately for Panthera, I did add the Witch Hazel :lol:

Will keep you informed as to how it turns out next weekend.
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Re: DIY Bay Rum Aftershave Recipes

Postby Vintage1973 » Mon Nov 02, 2015 3:59 pm

Thug wrote:Okidoki, so the brewing started yesterday and the result is being stored in a cupboard for a week before I add the essential oils.

Unfortunately for Panthera, I did add the Witch Hazel :lol:

Will keep you informed as to how it turns out next weekend.


Hi, Thug

This is GOOD NEWS! My batch has also been brewing for the better part of a month now. The wife recons it smells like Christmas pudding, which is
nice, I think... :think:

You can, of course, add the essential oils right at the beginning if you'd like. I chose mostly whole spices, like vanilla pod, lemon & orange rind, black
peppercorns, and All Spice. Just added some Bay West Indies EO. This type of brewing is of course a highly subjective thing, so consider all my comments as IMHO.

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Re: DIY Bay Rum Aftershave Recipes

Postby Thug » Sat Nov 07, 2015 2:05 pm

All righty then, Bay Rum aftershave is now ready to do duty.

I followed the recipe I posted earlier in this thread, with the exception being I used vanilla essence instead of vanilla extract. (Is there a difference? :? ). I also put the vanilla into the pot to simmer instead of after with the essential oils. Should't have made too much of a difference.

So.. after stewing in a dark cupboard for 6 days.
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After being filtered through a coffee filter
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Essential Oils and Glygerin
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Mixed and bottled.
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Haven't used it yet, so after tomorrow's shave, I'll see how it performs and what it smells like. Then if I'm happy with the result, I'll try it during the week for work. :lol:
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