Hi, I know that there have been some threads like this on here before but I'm starting a new one since it’s been a while. I'd like to hear about your experiences with homemade bay rum and if you have recipes, please, share. I'd like to get a feel for what the general shaving public thinks about this issue.
My recipe for mach Ogallala Bay Rum Cologne (I use the real cologne as aftershave)
Pint Good quality vodka (should have no smell other than alcohol)
Tsp worth of witch hazel leaves/stems (astringent)
Tbsp worth of ground all spice (same family as the real bay rum bay plant. Smells the same too)
3 clove buds
1" X .5" piece of lime zest
1/4 tsp sage
1/8 tsp rosemary
1/8 tsp fresh ground ginger
.5" X .5" slice orange zest
1/4 inch piece of small cinnamon stick
3 cedar needles
Method: pour vodka into a quart jar. Add the witch hazel, all spice, clove, lime, and orange. Cover and let it set for at least 1 week. 2 weeks is better. But 1 month is about the max. 2 weeks should be fine. Then do a little math. Whatever strength the vodka is, figure up how much distilled water you need to add to get it down to 30% alc. Water it down and add sage, rosemary, ginger, cinnamon, and cedar. Let it set for a few days. Smell it, it should smell like Ogallala bay rum (but is obviously not meant to replace that great bay rum sent of Ogallala). Filter it through some panty hose and then pour it into a tall skinny bottle. Let it set for another week and then pour it off the sediment.
There you go. A cheaper, homemade version of Ogallala Bay Rum Cologne/Aftershave. Let me be clear that I did this as an experiment and for the satisfaction of making my own. I used it occasionally and gave some to friends. But when it comes to quality Bay Rum you just cant beat the quality and price of Ogallala Bay Rum. Anyone that has never tried it should definitely give it a go. And if you’re not sure what sent to go with first, contact them and ask for suggestions. The people there are as friendly as they come.
P.S. If you want a stronger sent, amp up the amount of ingredients.