Resinous bay leaves infused in the mellow woody smell of rum
that has been aged and matured for months in wooden kegs makes
for a very masculine aftershave that you can easily make
yourself. This recipe makes a great gift for men.
Truly, the smell of this product is divine (and it is, well,
virtually good enough to drink).
Aftershave acts as an astringent and toner for the skin.
Astringents help return the skin to a slightly acidic state
after using alkaline shaving soaps. Toners soften and smooth
the skin by closing the pores, and many are antiseptic and
remove oils. Those with dry skin should follow aftershave
with a pure and plant-based moisturizer.
As surprising as it may sound, the alcohol content of
aftershave made of rum wonít be much different than that
of many commercial brands! It is hard to find commercial
aftershave lotions that are free of synthetic alcohols,
which can be quite toxic and poisonous.
Here are my Bay Rum Aftershave Formula, and an
Basic Bay Rum Aftershave Formula
Raid your local health food storeís dried herb section for
this recipe, or better yet, if you live in an area where
bay leaves actually grow on trees, fill a quart mason jar
with locally picked dried leaves.
2-4 cups dried bay leaves
A few sprigs of dried rosemary (optional)
Rum, to cover
Break the dried bay leaves in half. Fill a quart or pint
mason jar with as many leaves as will fit to about 3 inches
from the top. Add a few sprigs of dried rosemary, if desired.
Add enough rum to come a good 2 inches above the leaves. Screw
on the cover, and let set for 1 month; strain.
Variation: Add a bit of grated organic orange peel, cloves,
and ginger root, as desired.
Shelf life: Indefinite.
Alcohol-Free Softening Aftershave
Some men donít like having alcohol in their aftershave. This
recipe is for them!
2 cups witch hazel extract
2 ounces rose water
2 ounces aloe vera gel
1/2 ounce vegetable glycerin
A few drops of an essential oil of your choice (such as
peppermint and eucalyptus), if desired
Combine the ingredients in a jar, and shake to blend. Pat on
the face after shaving.
Makes 2 1/2 cups.