Last summer in the middle of back to back wild card distillations, I took a break to wander my backyard and visit the citrus trees, admire the robust blue Lotus pond and to see how the lilac bushes were doing in their first year here in Sacramento. With the work that I’ve done thus far to dedicate my planting to an urban perfume farm, I realized I had a handful of things to distill right in my backyard.
I began with lime leaves, lemon leaves, lemon verbena, roses and the final sacrificial plant were the peach leaves generously hanging over my fence. The tree had been ignored for years and there wasn’t much in the way of fruit but I couldn’t help scrunching leaves and sniffing. I like the smell of green peach leaves: there’s a touch of fruitiness, a little almond and green notes that balance the other notes. Peach leaf hydrosol turned out to be a surprising home run because of the unexpected amaretto notes. Typically when I’m planning to distill a particular plant, I like to dive deep into their benefits prior to a run but it was only after I completed the distillation with peach leaf that I explored some of the incredible benefits of this member of the rose family. Peach leaf extract does everything one would want in skin care. It may build collagen, reduce dark spots and provide a general tonic for skin. It has been historically enjoyed as a tea. Peach leaf appears to be the darling of the cosmeceutical industry due to its wide range of skin benefits. Peach leaf also has luteine and zeaxanthin, two beautiful carotenoids that are helpful for UV protection. I’m so enamored with peach leaf hydrosol that its been designated a permanent fixture in the hydrosol offerings at our apothecary.
Shelf life: approximately 6 months. Refrigerate to prolong freshness.
Packaged in 3.3oz/100 ml tamper proof refillable glass bottles.
Our hydrosols are kept in dedicated refrigeration until shipped.