Guys are so hard to buy for! But when you’re making gifts for guys, it can be near impossible! This is one of the gifts I made my dad for Christmas: Bay Rum Aftershave. The spices, bay leaves, and orange peel smell so good while its steeping! I saved an old maple syrup bottle which was perfect for this!
I made a personalized label to go with it, which my dad loved! The recipe I used was from the website The Art of Manliness. There are tons of manly ideas, and manly DIY’s. In order to fill my bottle, I doubled the recipe. Enjoy!!
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.