For the tincture: Place the witch hazel leaves and twigs in a jar with the bay leaves, 'Old Spice' pelargonium leaves and lime zest. Pour the rum over to cover and store in a dark cool place for 10 days to 1 month, shaking the tincture every couple of days.
For the gel: Put the chopped leaves and twigs into a pan, cover with 4 cups water and simmer gently until the liquid reduces to 1/2 cup, about 1 hour. Strain.
Strain the tincture and measure 1 cup/200 milliliters into a saucepan. Add the witch hazel-infused water, then mix in the vegetable gelatin. Place over low heat, whisking as it thickens. Once thick, take off the heat, and bottle.
Splash on after shaving, as needed.
The gel will keep for 4 weeks in the refrigerator. The tincture will keep for at least 1 year.
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