What’s your EBP (winter version) — and Oriental Lace giveaway winners

First off, congratulations to:



and Shaney

EBP who have each won a sample of Oscar de la Renta’s Oriental Lace. To claim your prize, click on the Drop Us a Note link at the very top of the page, put “Ann giveaway” in the subject line and send us your name, address and a reminder of what you’ve won.

Woo-hoo, it looks like spring may have sprung, at least for some parts of the country. (Unless Mother Nature decides to change her mind yet again.) Our few days here of above 60 degree temps have put me in mind of spring cleaning. And that would include my purse. So I’m asking the end-of-winter (hopefully) question: “What’s your EBP?”

No, that’s not some kind of official-speak, as in, “Hey, Bill, what’s your ETA to the next service call?” It stands for Emergency Backup Perfume, and it was coined by lovely Posse reader AnnieA on a post several years ago.

It’s something a lot of us probably do without even thinking about it. We apply a scent at home, take the spray or vial or bottle with us for touch-ups later in the day and head out the door. And after a busy day or week (or in my case, months), we forget to take them all back out again. I did this last year as fall was bearing down on us, so let’s try it again now that spring may finally be on its way.

OK, I’ll go first. In my very messy handbag, I have lurking:

A sample of Puredistance Opardu, a tiny spray of Frederic Malle’s Dries Van Noten, and a sample of Oscar de la Renta’s Oriental Lace. Also a small spray of one of my under-the-radar loves, Costes 2, for a portable spritz of cozy comfort. One caution: I try to keep all these together in a plastic zip-top baggie as I’m deathly afraid of leakage. Having once had the lining of a handbag stained this way, I’m not eager for a repeat performance.

So what’s your EBP? Have a peek at the bottom of your purses, backpacks, briefcases, etc., and share what vials, sprayers, etc., are rolling around in there, won’t you?

elvie April 5, 2013

Am I too late? I did my monthly purse-cleanout yesterday and found: a sample of Mona di Orio's Cuir, a sample of Nasomatto Pardon, a decant of Dior's addict, a decant of Ambre Extreme, a mini of Femme (shame on me for keeping vtg stuff in warm and battered handbags, I know), and my go-to staple Amour by Kenzo. Oh and a mini size skinfood from Trumper in Sandalwood, if that counts. Itr's been a pretty good month though, sometimes I found a whole army of forgotten samples in my bags... :) Great idea by the way, the topic I mean. :) Have a great weekend, all of You!

Cacomixtle April 3, 2013

Decants of Alahine, SSS Ambre Noir, Ambre Russe, Ambre Sultan, Geisha Noire, and Midnight Oud, a travel bottle of Ambre Fétiche, a tiny bottle of Roxana Villa's Chiaroscuro, a sample of Killian's Love and Tears, and a sample of Montale's Aoud Ambre. The last needs to find a new home, because it smells like sour cherry cough syrup and rubber on my skin. I wish I could magically transform it into more Alahine, sigh.

Joaquim April 2, 2013

I have a small sample of FM's Dans tes Bras, I looooove so much this perfume, it was an adquired taste but still one of my favorites! The subtile mushroom touch is to die for

Elisa Gabbert (@egabbert) April 2, 2013

I've had samples of Donna Karan Chaos and Givenchy Mimosa Amarige in my purse forever, *Just In Case*, but I've only used each about once because I so rarely get caught not wearing perfume! I spritzed my boyfriend with the Chaos once, and that was awesome.

Julia April 2, 2013

I just went through my bag (it's a minkoff MAB, so it holds a TON if I let it!) In it, I found my travel atomizer of Lempicka Homme, my signature/goto/always backup, a vial of Hove Mantrap from a recent trip to NOLA, a TPC decant spray of Coromandel, a Possetts sample of Dangerous, decant of Gucci Rush, which I'm reliving from my 90s youth, Bourbon French Perfume Jasmine solid (also from the NOLA trip), Some hoodoo love oil called "follow me boy", and a DIY spray sample of Prada Candy from Nordies. I keep getting decants of this last one, but for some reason can't bring myself to buy it. This is the first time I've posted here, but I've been a long time lurker, and love your site!

Lynne Marie April 2, 2013

My EBP is always Un Bois Vanille ( tiny little spray sample). Guaranteed to make ANY situation better but especially good in the wintertime.

odonata9 April 1, 2013

I have 3 solids that I keep in my cosmetics bag year round - Yves Rocher Vanilla, Pacifica Tibetan Mountain Temple and Brazilian Mango Grapefruit, so those can cover most situations. Right now, the only other thing I have in my purse is a Jo Malone Blackberry & Bay sample. That works in most weather also and I see a full bottle in my future. I just finished a small decant of Lostmarch Din Dan that had been in there for a while. which is lovely & lemony - I wouldn't mind a bottle of that as well, but my Fresh Brown Sugar covers most of my lemon needs.

Samantha April 1, 2013

I've got a little, almost empty spray of de Profundis (which is wonderful), about 3mls of Gorilla Perfumes the Smell of Weather Turning ( I thought I'd love this, but can't get into it) some Parfums de Nicolai Fig Tea, Profumum Acqua di Sale andxa tiny spray of Hilde Soliani Tutti Matti per Colorno. I think I need to clean out my purse!

jen April 1, 2013

Funny topic. I just cleaned out my bag and now carry only a sample of sweet redemption and a roller of boyfriend, which is the only perfume my husband regularly makes positive comments on, so I like to keep those comments coming.

Tora April 1, 2013

Let's see...here is my travel spray of New Harlem by Bond, which I would probably panic and drive right back home to get it if it was not in my purse. And here are some little samples in a mini baggie....Fig Tree by SSS and Absolute Pour le Soir By Maison Francis Kurkdjian. Wait! there is one more thing here at the bottom, Oh! My decant of Ambre Precieux by Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier. I have been looking all over for that!!! Whew.

Jennifer Counts April 1, 2013

I have a few things in my bag that I mostly use if I leave the house in the morning and forget to besmell myself. I have three Pacifica solids: Mexican Cocoa, Spanish Amber, and Persian Rose, which I usually layer in various combinations, a 7.5ml mini of Bottega Veneta that the SA at Neiman's threw in when I bought my 50ml bottle, and a 0.3oz rollerball of a concoction I made at a scent-your-own-stuff bath and body store. It's kind of a woody floral thing that I really liked when I first made it but now sometimes find too sweet. And if on any given day I'm wearing a sample, that sample vial is probably in my pocket.

Liz K April 1, 2013

Hmmm...I think there are a couple of Ineke samples in there. Evening Edged in Gold and Hot House Flower last time I looked. I try to carry generally inoffensive stuff in case I need to apply at work (I work in a dental office so need to be careful). Also, I always have a couple of roller-balls with me. Looks like Pacifica Lilac and Royal Apothic Hyacinth as well as SSS Tabac Aurea and Rose Musc travel sprays. Since I haven't used any of them in a while it might be a good idea to switch out. I usually keep a sample vial of Kyoto in the pocket of my scrubs as I find it so soothing.

AnnieA April 1, 2013

My bag has Vetyverio and Burberry Body, and the stash at work has the long-lived bottle of Bois de Filao and one of the J'Adore flankers...

Lynley April 1, 2013

For a lot of my fb's and non-spray bottles/minis (mostly summer ones tho- need to update!), I have made 2/2.5ml decants, so when I decide what to wear for the day I pop it's backup decant in my uniform pocket, or leave the fb in my bag at work. I try to carry a light bag as I too have back issues, so I don't usually carry any with me. I think my work locker has a decant of Escale a Portofino for if I've forgotten to wear some. The women I work with also leave (now unwanted by them) fb's in the bathroom for 'general use', atm these are Red Door and Tommy Girl which I dislike, but I was allowed to claim the vintage Byzance for my own :-)

shaney April 1, 2013

First, thank you so much...I'm super excited to have won an Oriental Lace sample :) My EBP for forever was a roller of Aveda Love...I liked it just fine, but really, it was just the only travel size spray I owned. Now, I carry a solid L'Occitane Green Tea perfume as well as a travel Ormonde Woman...which is my overall favorite perfume of the moment!

Connie April 1, 2013

Every day when I go to school I pack a sample in my glasses case. Because I switch them out every day I don't end up losing them in the abyss that is my schoolbag, but I always have one with me. Today's perfume was LUSH's Lust, which i think I am in love with. However, I do put a perfume on in the car when I'm on my way to volunteering on Saturday mornings, so we do have a few samples at the bottom of the glove compartment. I'll take out a pen and it will be scented with SL's Un Bois Vanille!

thegoddessrena April 1, 2013

I tend to accumulate random samples in my bag--currently. Anne Pliska, Petite Cherie,Rose Oud, Success is a Job in NY, Green, Donna Karan Woman, Liasons Dangereuses, Love and Tears, Beyond Love, and Sous le Toit de Paris

rosarita April 1, 2013

It's time to change purses for the spring and in digging out the little packet of samples I keep with me, it's obviously time to change them out as well: Aroma M Geisha Noir, Chanel Coco Noir, Montale Black Aoud & CJ Scents Darkness. Winter purse and winter scents! Today I'll be digging out my green handbag with the floral lining and adding a pink lipstick to my makeup bag along with some lighter scents, including some Chanel 19. I mainly keep the samples with me in case I leave the house without perfume or encounter something stinky in my day (I do a lot of volunteer work w/elderly people, including my parents, including dealing with toenails and ...let your imagination do the rest.) Great topic, Ann! I've enjoyed reading everyone's comments.

Beth April 1, 2013

Like Janet, I have one of those heavy Kilian atomizers, but mine is a Taste of Heaven. I swap that out with my Sweet Redemption tho. I don't really keep perfume in my purse, normally. I apply it in the morning, as a big part of my day... hmmm, what mood am I in today....? Then I wear strictly that for the day. I think this is mainly because I'm still testing a billion scents and it takes me several wearings to figure out what I think about it.

arline April 1, 2013

I have an almost empty decant of Chanel Coromandel, a small bottle of Ambre Fetiche (which layers well with so many things), Two small drams of perfume from Hove, which is a perfume shop in New Orleans, French Quarter (I am not in love with them though, so they will be leaving soon), a bottle of Peru Balsam Oil. That is all for now, but I will be adding some Lavender Absolute, and maybe some Patchouli (dark), and a couple of other oils. I don't know what perfumes will enter next.

Dina C. April 1, 2013

A dear friend gave me one of those nifty little travel atomizers from Nordie's, and I filled it with my long-time HG, No. 19 edp. That stays in my purse year-round. Otherwise, I never know what samples I might be carrying, but I try to empty them out and put them in my sample box at home pretty regularly. So, the No. 19 edp is my EBP. :-)

Poodle April 1, 2013

I just cleaned out my purse the other day and only had one sample of Like This in there. I usually have more and will probably toss a few others in there today. Am I the only person who has far too many lipsticks, balms, and glosses in her purse? Anyway, I used to keep an emergency bottle in the car during cooler weather and a body spray when it was warmer. Usually something inexpensive so if the temps affected it I wouldn't be devastated. Now I just toss samples and small bottles in my purse because I've come to realize I will never be a small purse kind of girl. I like to be prepared for anything like Solanace said. Waking up and seeing I won something is a great way to start my day. :)

solanace April 1, 2013

It changes a lot, but I just checked and now I carry a small decant of l'Heure Bleue along with samples of Fracas, Parfums de Rosine Une Folie de Rose, Montale Chypre Vanillle and Atelier cologne Orange Sanguine. I have a little sequin pouch for my samples so they will not disapear inside the black hole that is my purse. That's my kind of swiss army knife, I feel prepared for anything!

Mary P. Brown April 1, 2013

I went to Sephora last week and still had a sample of J'Adore in the bottom of my purse. I found that after I retrieved a handful of vintage mini's I was carrying around from when I went junk shop shopping - there was a Robert Piguet Bandit, a Madame Rochas, a Ma Griffe, and a My Sin along with it. :)

eldarwen22 April 1, 2013

My record of not cleaning out my purse it a year. Last time I cleaned it out, I found my parfum version of no. 19 and Giullietta (full bottle). I'm still scratching my head over how they didn't break in my purse. I always carry a decant of Mitsouko, Joy, Deneuve and 1 Amouage. I've left the house a few times without perfume and halfway to my destination, realize it. The EBP started with having just one of Vera Wang's Princess samples but that was in the early days of perfume.

anatu13 April 1, 2013

Oh, my. I have: - purse sprays of VP Rubj edp, OJ Ta'if, and FM Une Fleur de Cassie and En Passant - decants or samples of VP Mito; FM Lys Mediterranee; SL Bois de Violette, Fleurs d'Oranger, Datura Noir; Tauer Carillon Pour un Ange; Olympic Orchids Siam Proun and Midsummer Day's Dream, and a bunch of others!

Janet in California April 1, 2013

I just put in my purse one of the wonderfully heavy atomizer from By Kilian. It has Sweet Redemption in it, perfect for spring. I also have a 1 ml of Trayee because it is always makes me happy. And a new sample of Lipstick Rose; I never thought I was a rose person until I tried that beauty. And last but not least a sample of Entre Naranjos by Ramon Monegal. It is gorgeous! But at $185 for 50ml? That sample will have to last me a loooong time.

Tara April 1, 2013

I don't normally carry perfume in my purse, I spray at home and that's it for the day, but I do keep emergency backups in my desk at work - currently AG Mandragore, Orange Star, and Like This.

Tora April 1, 2013

I always have a travel spray of Bond #9 New Harlem and a little sample of Fig Tree by Sonoma Scent Studio in my purse at all times.

Tiara April 1, 2013

A few months ago, I switched from a standard purse to a small travel type Baggallini. Stuffed to the gills with items I really do need so only carrying around a 1ml vial of With Love Hilary Duff. Simple, works in most any season and have never had any of the men in my family make a negative comment. That makes it a (cheap) winner!

FeralJasmine April 1, 2013

I have a 2ml travel vial of 7 Billion Hearts in my purse, because a pal at work loves it, and when she's having a bad day I dab a little touch on her, which nearly always helps. Oddly enough, I almost never reapply my own scent during the day. When it's gone, it's gone. Then when I get home I put on something else for evening. Having so little perfume in my purse assures that there's room for notes about events that occurred last month or possibly in early 2012 when I bought this purse, keys that no longer open any known door, and about 1.37 pounds of loose change. You can see how vital it is to have enough loose change...can't you?

Red April 1, 2013

The pocket of my bag is always filled with winter samples from my STC purchases. About 10 main stays inside it. They all came in handy when I'm away from home, i am crazy with too many choices to bring. whats more retard of me is wearing a frag that isn't part of what's in my bag before I leave my house. So this coming spring, I think of changing my old 10 with maybe 5. Gucci pour homme 2, Chanel Bleu de Chanel, Sisley Soir de Lune, Cartier d'Un Soir, Kerosene Unknown Pleasures and Chanel Coromandel.. You see, I love wearing female perfumes also and it somehow becomes quite masculine on me. Awesome! Oh wait, is that Red me? Am I a winner this time? At last, I experienced winning! Always unlucky with draws and giveaways ever. Thank you Posse, thank you bloggers and beautiful smelling draw organizers. Happy Easter!

Farouche April 1, 2013

Just cleaned out my purse today. Contents were a large decant of Le Labo Rose 31, an almost empty manufacturer's sample of L'Ambre des Merveilles, a swap decant of Eau Duelle, also almost gone, and a decant of my latest love, Chypre Palatin. Not bad. I usually have a lot more in there :)