How to Make Bay Rum Butter – Soothing & Moisturizing Aftershave Alternative

How to Make Bay Rum Butter - Soothing & Moisturizing Aftershave Alternative

How to Make Bay Rum Butter – Soothing & Moisturizing Aftershave Alternative

[pullquote]Bay Rum Butter, Just in time for Summer”[/pullquote]

Everybody loves the classic scent of Bay Rum, however the sting and agitation associated with most traditional alcohol based aftershaves can leave you crying for mommy and only add to the disdain most men already feel towards shaving. Well, we here at How to Grow a Moustache are hip to this dilemma and agree…but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Try a hand at making your own Bay Rum Aftershave Butter this Summer! It’s just as easy as making your own Bay Rum and is ready in 3 days as opposed to 6-8 weeks. Not only does this concoction make a great aftershave, but also a great after sun salve, shaving oil and pre-shave oil. We invite you to get DIY with us and whip up a couple jars of a better butter. All the ingredients can be found at your local health food store or online. We have also included a downloadable PDF of a snazzy identification label for your butter. Just click on the image below, download, print, cut-out, and glue to the lid…or if you want to get really crafty, print it on a piece of adhesive sticker paper then cut-out.

Tip: Keep in fridge for a cool finish to any shave or a soothing rub after a day in the sun. A little goes a long way and it absorbs super fast, so don’t worry about an oily sheen.

What you will need:


12-15 Bay Rum Leaves [Pimenta Racemosa Not Laurus nobilis, which you season your favorite Itallian dishes with…unless you want to smell like lasagna] Leaves can be bought online or you can substitute the essential oil of Bay LeafPimenta Racemosa. If you choose this method add 20-30 drops in with the other ingredients before infusion.

8oz Coconut oil [this is an oil that becomes a solid at room temp, so be not put off when looking at it in the jar at your market.]

1/4 cup of JoJoba Wax [JoJoba is actually the exact opposite of the coconut, where as it is considered a wax not an oil. Though you can find it in oil form you want the wax. If you can’t find this at the store buy it online. Do not substitute with the oil form.

6oz Cocoa Butter [This can be found in Chip form, which we use in this tutorial, or in a jar. Either one will work.]

1/4 cup Avocado Oil

1 tbl Allspice Berries [you will need to grind or crush these. You can use a pepper grinder, coffee grinder,spice grinder, mortar & pestle or simply wrap in a bandanna and tap with a hammer like a man.

1 Cinnamon Stick

How to Make Bay Rum Butter - Soothing & Moisturizing Aftershave Alternative

Click on Image to be taken to download page – Follow instructions


2 Vanilla Beans

1 tsp Ground Ginger 


1 Small Pot

1 Small Pyrex bowl that can nest snug in the pot without touching the bottom

1 Coffee filters, Plastic reusable tight mesh filters make life much easier. You can also use a clean sock that you don’t mind destroying; this is right up there with the hammer and bandanna method.

1 Candy Thermometer [can be found sometimes in the dollar store or in the kitchen section at the supermarket.]

1-3 Shallow seal-able containers to pour finished butter in. [Shallow mason jars can be found most places, even at Target! ]

Remember not to exceed 150 degrees F (66.5 c) with the oils. Try to find the sweet spot in between 130-150 where the oils stay warm and don’t solidify. [Turn off stove when unattended]


If you enjoyed this tutorial check out some of our others: Grooming Tutorials

This recipe was created by Douglas Smythe and is not to be sold. But please share with everyone you come in contact with generously! Enjoy!

Feature Interview with The Razor Emporium by Michael Ham & Douglas SmytheABOUT DOUGLAS SMYTHE

Founding member and contributing writer for “How to Grow a Moustache”, an innovative cutting edge blog dedicated to all things facial fur. His mission: Create facial awareness and use his super powers [read:moustache] for good. This recipe along with Beard & Moustache Conditioning recipes are excerpts from Mr. Smythe’s current book to be on the shelves this Fall “Facial Fur: An Owner’s / Operator’s Manual”. Contact Douglas:

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  1. Very cool! Thanks for giving us this great recipe!

  2. I am very interested in giving this a try, I have always had loved bay rum. It was the first after shave I ever smelled and used.. Now one issue I have having is sourcing the Jojoba wax. Is there another compound I can use? Shey butter?


  1. A Bay Rum Aftershave Balm/Butter: This stuff sounds terrific. And I would experiment with it as a pre-shave.

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