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Homemade bay rum aftershave

DIY Bay Rum Aftershave Recipe

  • Author: Dr. Josh Axe
  • Total Time: 10 min
  • Yield: 20 applications 1x


Because bay rum is also used as an under-arm deodorant, fragrance for shaving soap, and as a general astringent, it’s quite clear that bay rum can keep you smelling good. The great news is that you can create your own version of bay rum aftershave or cologne in a just a few minutes.


  • 2 tablespoons Bay or Jamaican Rum
  • 46 ounces witch hazel
  • 2030 drops Bay West Indies essential oil
  • 45 drops of pure cinnamon essential oil
  • 23 drops black pepper essential oil
  • 510 drops wild orange essential oil
  • 56 drops vanilla essential oil


  1. You will need a mason jar (8 or 16 ounces) with a tightly fitting lid. In your jar, add both the rum and the witch hazel.
  2. Now let’s add the oils, one at a time, blending well each time.
  3. Once well blended, place in a clean jar with a tight lid. You can blend all ingredients in this jar from the beginning unless you are using dry ingredients. In that case, you will need to strain the ingredients several times first.
  4. Apply after shaving or use as a cologne.
  • Category: Facial Skin Care