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🌸sun-safe style and beauty 🌸 ecoluxe beach apparel 🌸 holistic suncare 🌸 #thenewsunworshippers #petalandray

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You called? 🔥⠀ ⠀ Give those #tuesdayblues this look and watch them fly away 💙. ⠀ ⠀ #tuesdaymood #1970ssupermodel #beachstyle #normanparkinson #blueonblue #resortstyle #holisticsuncare #sunsafestyle #sunsafebeauty #suncare

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Monday mood! ⠀ ⠀ More dancing in the sea less sitting at a desk please! ⠀ ⠀ Explore our collections to wear in your holiday happy place via link in bio. 🏖

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Contemplating our next holiday packing list ... ⠀ ⠀ We’re so proud to be representing @repainted_beachwear - a sustainable luxury swim and resort brand from Rome. ⠀ ⠀ Combinjng a sophisticated but simple design aesthetic with vintage prints from around the world, Repainted is nailing ecoluxe! ⠀ ⠀ Their garments are ethically made by hand in Italy, and are made from Econyl, a recycled fabric that uses regenerated ocean plastics. Econyl is chlorine and sunscreen resistant and offers a perfect UPF50+. ⠀ ⠀ We love their mix and match collections, which enable you to make your own ideal capsule beach wardrobe. With items ranging from bikinis to maxi-skirts and kaftan tops, you can be sunbathing or sun-safe as wished in the moment. ⠀ ⠀ Ensembles in three different prints are arriving on the shop in plenty of time for winter sun season 2019... ⠀ ⠀ #sustainableswimwear #uvprotectiveswimwear #mindfulsuncare #rewildyoursuncare #sunsafestyle #ecoluxe

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Beautiful long-sleeved one-piece from Amuse Society... we're always on the hunt for the best looking UV protective swimwear on the planet, so that you can stay safe and beautiful in the sun. We believe in NO COMPROMISE when it comes to skin protection and style. We also believe in styles that endure - we stock garment we love and sell them until they sell out. Simple! Because it is always summer somewhere, we are a seasonless store, which is part of our commitment to slow fashion and even slower holidays. Explore our perpetual summer store via the link in bio. #sunsafestyle #slowfashion #perpetualsummer #resort2019 #beachdreams

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Who loves a white swimsuit? ⠀ ⠀ 🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏽‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏿‍♀️🙋🏾‍♀️⠀ ⠀ A monochrome suit is a brilliant base for creating a sun-safe swim capsule - zip on the rashguard when the sun is fierce, or you’ll have no access to shade. Fling it off when the sun is soft or you are doing more umbrella-lounging than swimming.🏖⠀ ⠀ You can DM us anytime if you want mix-and-match suggestions that suit your style and destination. ⠀ ⠀ 🖤⚪️🖤⚪️🖤⚪️🖤⚪️🖤⚪️🖤

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Woven toquila straw. ⠀ ⠀ Textures that evoke summer instantly. We love garments and accessories that have been crafted by human hands, from natural materials that have a feel that is all their own. ⠀ ⠀ We love fair, sustainable fashion - style should bring beauty to the world, which means dignified livelihoods for makers. ⠀ ⠀ Close up of @sensistudio frayed oversized straw hat.⠀ ⠀ Follow link in bio to our store for Sensi Studio statement hats galore 👒.

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Holistic suncare really centres around how to welcome the physical and emotional benefits of the sun without damaging our skin through over exposure. ⠀ ⠀ To simplify for a reasonable length caption... In the early hours after sunrise and the last hours before sunset, the ratio of potentially damaging UV rays to healing infra-red rays shifts beneficially. This the time to enjoy the sun on your skin 😊🌸. ⠀ ⠀ @alexandrasoveral writes in her fantastic book Perfect Skin:⠀ ⠀ “I believe that direct sun exposure just after sunrise and just before sunset is irreplaceable. There’s an intangibly sacred feeling to it - the body openly welcomes it and we can almost feel something regenerating within.”⠀ ⠀ I really recommend this book to anyone interested in holistic suncare, it is well researched and beautifully written. ⠀ ⠀ You can support this positive interaction with the sun further by maximising natural antioxidants inside and out: eating greens and other bright fresh foods and including natural Vitamin C in your skincare routine.

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Solar by Philip Larkin...⠀ ⠀ Suspended lion face⠀ Spilling at the centre ⠀ Of an unfurnished sky⠀ How still you stand,⠀ And how unaided⠀ Single stalkless flower⠀ You pour unrecompensed.⠀ ⠀ The eye sees you⠀ Simplified by distance⠀ Into an origin,⠀ Your petalled head of flames⠀ Continuously exploding.⠀ Heat is the echo of your ⠀ Gold.⠀ ⠀ Coined there among⠀ Lonely horizontals⠀ You exist openly.⠀ Our needs hourly⠀ Climb and return like angels.⠀ Unclosing like a hand,⠀ You give for ever. ⠀ ⠀ ⠀ #thenewsunworshippers #naturegivesall #sunlover #poemoftheday #philiplarkin

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Soaking up the summer sun in organic cotton 🌞.⠀ ⠀ Why is cotton grown with hazardous pesticides called ‘conventional’? It is so relatively recent, the switch to dousing crops in substances that get rid of insects- and at what price? ⠀ ⠀ The destruction of the essential part of ecosystems that insects play seems too expensive a cost for cheaper clothes. That’s before the toxicity to both the growers and the wearers is factored in. ⠀ ⠀ Show our many-legged friends and your own mini’s some love by kitting them out in organic cotton for their holidays. ⠀ ⠀ We’ve got unisex, mix and match print styles in organic cotton from @indikidual in store.... great for layering, travelling, mucking about on beaches, exploring sunny cities, and then passing on to little siblings and friends. ⠀ ⠀ Wishing you a peaceful moment soaking up some rays like this... ⠀ ⠀ #organiccotton #havekidswilltravel #thenewsunworshippers #slowfashion

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Sunny style inspiration for life... ⠀ ⠀ Photographer Louise Dahl-Wolfe captured elegant sunbathing like no-one else, ever. ⠀ ⠀ #sunbathing #summer2019 #holisticsuncare #loveyourskin #styleinspiration #eternalstyle

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Rustic summer style.... ⠀ ⠀ Staying shady with @sensistudio oversized extra frayed straw hat with ribbons and the Jeff pure linen kaftan by @yumekaftans ⠀ ⠀ Can totally see this combination strolling through sunny fields to a village market or taverna 🌿⠀ ⠀ These are ethical, artisan brands that create their handmade pieces to order. ⠀ ⠀ Holiday wardrobes can be timeless, building your beautiful memories into garments you pack again and again. ⠀ ⠀ #sustainablefashion #30wears #artisanfashion #holisticsuncare #summerstyle

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Summer isn’t only for florals... ⠀ ⠀ Monochrome pandas 🐼 fit right in too 🖤.⠀ ⠀ We love black and white in summer - it’s crisp and unisex and mixes and matches like no other combo on earth. ⠀ ⠀ This versatile hat is made by Little Hotdog Watson. Designed by a mother for active, stylish kids who need an effective, washable sunhat that makes them feel like a little rockstar. ⠀ ⠀ Upf50+ with built in insect repellent and a neck protector that can be fastened up to make a cap style. And ears. ⠀ ⠀ #sunsafekids #summer2019 #holisticsuncare #littlerockstar

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Places we’d like to be today.... ⠀ ⠀ Aguas Blancas beach, Ibiza 🐚 ⠀ ⠀ #beachdreams #sunseasand #followthesun #magicalisland

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🌞Sun worship has bad, baked connotations! ⠀ ⠀ 🌞But our world is utterly dependent on the life-giving force of the sun. It’s no surprise that the sun was worshipped in ancient times all over the world, across so many cultures. ⠀ ⠀ 🌞The yang to the moon’s ying, the sun represents vitality, power, life-force, the success of crops and masculine energy. ⠀ ⠀ 🌞If you are a sun-lover who also wants healthy skin, the best way to approach the sun is to think of balance. Balance between sun and shade, light and dark, exposed and covered times. ⠀ ⠀ 🌞It also helps to appreciate how powerful the sun is and have a healthy respect for it, a bit like you would a fire, or the sea. ⠀ ⠀ 🌞Petal & Ray is a website for the new sun worshippers! ⠀ ⠀ 🌞People who love the sun but want to enjoy it safely. People who want to reap the health benefits of the sun without risking their skin. People who want their kids to be carefree and free range while they absorb healthy sun habits. People who want to revel in warmth and light but harness the latest suncare developments. People who want to worship the sun as a cosmic power rather than for its ability to tan your skin. People who want their suncare to respect the coral reefs and the wider environment. ⠀ ⠀ 🌞Are you a new sun worshipper?

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Summer 2019 style inspiration in one image 😍. ⠀ ⠀ Brigitte Bardot wears an oversized hat so effortlessly. ⠀ ⠀ We’ve got beautiful oversized and other-sized hats from Sensi Studio on the Petal & Ray website. They are ethically made by hand in Ecuador and give contemporary twists to traditional techniques. ⠀ ⠀ The style Brigitte is wearing in this image could be worn this year - great hats are timeless and can be loved and worn for years, making them the most sustainable way to protect your beautiful face in the sun. ⠀ ⠀ #brigittebardot #summer2019 #styleheroine #oversizedhat #sustainablefashion

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Hello! ⠀ ⠀ I am so excited to be bringing some gorgeous brands from around the world together under Petal & Ray’s holistic suncare umbrella (no pun intended?).⠀ ⠀ So I thought it was time to introduce myself so you know who is behind the website, the pop-up shops and the social media feeds. It isn’t a team all speaking a ‘brand voice’, it is me! ⠀ ⠀ I’m Olivia Southey and I am a mother of two, a birth doula and a now an eco entrepreneur. I believe that business should serve nature rather than the other way around. That isn’t always easy to achieve in our current consumer climate, so I see the entrepreneur’s mission as bringing sustainable business more and more into the mainstream. ⠀ ⠀ My mother grew up in Australia where, as a redhead, she suffered from sun damage and has spent her adulthood managing pre-cancerous skin lesions. My sister had severe childhood eczema which led the whole family to become fascinated with holistic care for the skin. I grew up wanting to protect myself from sun damage but balancing sunscreen use with a tendency to acne. My daughter has sensitive skin and can’t tolerate francrance or chemical UV screens which sting her skin. ⠀ ⠀ This all propelled me to search every year for sun protection options that would genuinely benefit my family’s health. I didn’t want my children absorbing multiple toxins or getting burned... I didn’t want to pollute the ocean environment, I didn’t want to lose the health benefits that moderate sun exposure bring, I didn’t want to get an unnecessary amount of photoaging... as you can see, my suncare wish list was pernickety! ⠀ ⠀ I’ve turned my own search into the Petal & Ray collections which are constantly expanding so that we become a true one-stop-shop for people who want to enjoy the sun safely and in harmony with our beautiful planet 🌍 . ⠀ ⠀ You can DM any time to ask about your suncare requirements, or our customer service email is [email protected] ⠀ ⠀ Tap the link in bio to browse our collections and join our mission to bring holistic suncare into the spotlight! ⠀ ⠀ 🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞🌞⠀ ⠀ #meetthefounder #holisticsuncare #ecoentrepreneur #holisticskincare #mamapreneur

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Heading off for the weekend like.... 🏄🏽‍♀️⠀ We are developing a bit of an obsession with/ specialism for the long sleeved one-piece swimsuit. ⠀ ⠀ These are not unlike our gymnastics leotards of yore, but don’t let that put you off - it might even inspire a few cartwheels in the sand. ⠀ ⠀ A long-sleeved swimsuit is so liberating! You don’t get burned, you put sunscreen on legs/hands/face and you are done, you can dawdle in the water for as long as your kids want to and they are really flattering as they usually feature a panelled cut that makes curves happy. ⠀ ⠀ UV protective swimwear is a key part of a holistic approach to suncare because it shields the skin reliably, can be worn again and again #30wears please, and lets you get immersed in nature. ⠀ ⠀ 💛We’re running a swimwear offer to celebrate our first summer 🎉: buy 2 items and get the third half price. It is valid across all women’s and kids’ swimwear and means you can get a capsule sun-safe swim wardrobe with a tidy discount. Just choose your favourites and enter code SUNSAFESWIM at checkout 💛⠀ ⠀ #holisticsuncare #protectyourskin #beachdays

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What better palette for summer than soft pink and clear turquoise? ⠀ ⠀ We’ve got a soft spot for unisex kidswear here at Petal & Ray... like this Little Hotdog Watson UPF50+ hat. We have a soft spot for hats with ears too, but that’s another story...🐻⠀ ⠀ Unisex clothes tend to be easy to hand down to siblings and friends, and shift stereotypical colour palettes or print themes. They enable the personality of the child to shine through beyond overly gendered marketing messages that serve fast fashion rather than the little humans wearing the clothes! They don’t feed children such strong messages about what they ‘should’ be like or enjoy. ⠀ ⠀ Sunny travels should be about freedom, immersion in play, new experiences and nature... we love kidswear that embraces that philosophy. ⠀ ⠀ On our website you’ll find brands like @folpetto, @harryandpop and @indikidual UV protective swimwear, all in colours and prints that treat kids as individuals. We’ve got some styles that are sold out elsewhere too 🤫. ⠀ UV protective swimwear lets children roam free during heavenly long sunny days, and respects nature by reducing the amounts of sunscreen needed. It is the best beach parenting hack ever. ⠀ ⠀ Is that a term? Beach-parenting? It is now! 👧🏽👶🏻⛱🐚

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