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DIY Father’s Day Gifts – Homemade Bay Rum Aftershave and Handmade Bay Rum Soap

May 22, 2012
Father’s Day is just around the corner. And just for dad, I recommend giving the gift of homemade! A bar of handmade bay rum shaving soap from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen and a container of homemade bay rum aftershave you’ve made yourself ties together perfectly as a great Father’s Day gift!
The Handmade Bay Rum Goat Milk Soap for Men from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen makes the perfect gift for dad on Father’s Day! This incredible handmade men’s soap boasts a masculine fragrance perfect for men with dry or more sensitive skin. This handmade soap is scented with a masculine, old time barber shop blend of bay leaves and orange peel. It is strongly scented so you are left with a light fragrance on your skin afterward. Men love this in the shower and for shaving too!

This handmade goat milk soap is specially formulated for normal to dry skin and is hand crafted in small batches using the cold process soapmaking method. It contains rich, wholesome goat’s milk, shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, rice bran oil and even colloidal oatmeal. (It’s the same great recipe as Rebecca’s bestselling Handmade Unscented Goat Milk Soap.) You’ll find this bar is highly scented for a fragrance that lasts even stepping out of the shower. Use it on your face, hands, and body and even try it in your hair! It’s all natural expect for the fragrance and contains no color. This soap is available now from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen.

Now that you’ve got your soap, why not try your hand at a homemade bay rum scented after shave for dad with this easy aftershave recipe.


Recipe courtesy of SpaIndex.com: Guide to Spas

1/2 cup vodka
2 tablespoons Jamaican rum
2 dried bay leaves
1/4 teaspoons whole allspice
1 cinnamon stick
zest from a small orange

Mix together all the ingredients and place into a clean jar with a tight fitting lid. Place the jar in a dark, cool place for 2 weeks. After two weeks, strain liquid through several layers of cheesecloth or a coffee filter. Discard solids. To use, splash on the face after shaving.

Organic herb, oils, and spices  are available in bulk and at great prices at Mountain Rose Herbs.

(Shaving Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net)


  • Dee

    June 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I have Bay oil, will that work in place of the leaves? If so, how many drops would you recommend?

  • Aaron

    June 6, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Is there a way to make an aftershave lotion that is not mostly alcohol. I love the idea of homemade aftershave but I loathe alcohol based products because they are too harsh on the skin.

    1. soapdelinews

      June 6, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      There is, though I don’t have a recipe. You can experiment with making your own using aloe vera and calendula extract and your favorite essential oil blend.

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