What’s your EBP? (fall edition)

gardez-moi EBP 2First off, thanks so much to all of you for your lovely birthday wishes. OK, now onto fragrant fun: What’s your EBP? No, that’s not some kind of official-speak, as in, “Hey, Joe, what’s your ETA to the next delivery point?” It’s Emergency Backup Perfume, and it was coined by lovely Posse reader AnnieA on a post several years ago. So I decided to run with it from time to time. I thought it a clever idea, and something a lot of us probably do without even thinking about it.

We wear a scent from home, then put the spray or vial or mini bottle into to-go mode and head out the door. And after a busy day or week (or in my case, months), they start to add up and we forget to take them all back out again. I did this earlier this year, so let’s take another look.

EBP 2OK, I’ll go first: In my very messy handbag, I have lurking: a small decant of Tom Ford’s Shanghai Lily. However, I’m loving this lily so much, no matter the temperature, that I think I’ll have to get a bigger decant for home and leave this little spray beauty in my bag.

Also unearthed were Pdn’s Eau Soleil, Jo Malone’s Peony & Blush Suede, and Jovoy Gardez-Moi, all left over from late summer. And now that it’s late October yikes! early November — I told you it had been a while since I cleaned house (purse?)! But in my defense, summer here easily lingers well into September, very often flirting with October, darting in and out between cooler days, so it makes no sense to put away the warm-weather faves too soon. But now that autumn is really and truly here, I need to replace these with scents more temperature appropriate. I’m considering grabbing a few of my fall cuddlies like Costes 2, Byredo Gypsy Water, etc.

So have a peek at the bottom of your purses, backpacks, briefcases, desk drawers, etc., and share what EBP vials, sprayers, etc., are rolling around in there.

One caution: I try to keep my EBPs 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. And it is nice to see your scent choices all at once, instead of spread out loosey-goosey in the bottom of your purse, which is what I used to do, before said accident.

78 Comments
windicindi November 15, 2013

As I am a long time lover of so many fragrances, since I was a young girl, there are so many back-up perfumes that I go to: any fragrance by Vera Wang, Ralph Lauren, Chanel Lancome, Elizabeth Arden and Clinque,etc. As I say and mean to you every month ~ Many thanks to you...Cindi jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Jennifer Counts November 5, 2013

I have a growing collection of Pacifica solids that I carry around in my purse pretty much all the time. I have Mexican Cocoa, Spanish Amber, Persian Rose, and Mediterranean Fig. Lesseee what else do I have in here..... a 9ml of Lush The Smell of Freedom, a small decant of Cabochard (that's where that went!), a sample of Ylang 49 I had forgotten about, the remains of a 2ml Dune decant, a sample of Fille en Aiguilles (not sure why that's in here), and a 10ml or so rollerball of a blend I made at a bath & body shop where you can scent your own stuff. And two TokyoMilk lip balms - salted caramel and absinthe. Ok they're not perfume but they smell good nonetheless. I thought I had a rollerball of Pacifica Tahitian Gardenia in here too, but I guess I took that one out. I'll have to check when I get home to see if it is where I think it is.

jen November 4, 2013

Wow the baggie is a good idea, why didnt I think of that? I have samples of Sweet Redemption and Chanel #22, I always am in the mood for those.

kizzers November 4, 2013

I always carry my Diptyque solid of Phylosikos and a mini of Vetiver Tonka around in my handbag. In my desk drawer at work I have emergency supplies of Seville A L'Aube, Jour de Hermes, OJ Woman, some minis of Feminite du Bois & Ambre Sultan - and the ever-office-friendly Burberry Sport for Women.

FeralJasmine November 4, 2013

I carry a bottle of the namesake olivine oil from Olivine. When I need a stop-and-breathe moment, the scent of gardenia pulls me back into Now.

AnnieA November 4, 2013

Just switched over purses for the season, so nothing there at the moment. Still have a bottle of Bois de Filao at work, although it's running low...

Samantha L. November 4, 2013

I've got a decants of Carnal Flower,The Smell of Weather Turning, Let me Play the Lion and Ambre Narguile in my bag. I'd be horrified if the nuclear Narguile started leaking....I'd never get that smell out!!

Teri November 4, 2013

I have the usual 4 sample vials in my bag. The scents change, but the number remains the same, as that is the amount of samples I can fit into the little ziploc bag I use to store them in. Right now I have ALOF - What We Did in Paris is Secret; Ann Gerard - Perle Mousse; Neela Vermeire - Mohur; and Mary Greenwell - Plum. I flew out the door this morning early as I needed to drop off my election ballot and hadn't applied any scent. So when I got to work, I broke out the Perle Mousse. Yummy.

malsnano86 November 4, 2013

I always carry my small decant of No. 5 Eau Premiere, because it's Never Wrong. At the moment, I've also got a decant of Iris Poudre, one of Black Cashmere, and one of BK Sweet Redemption in my cosmetics bag (leakproof!!) in my handbag.

maggiecat November 4, 2013

A vial of Bulgari Jasmin Noir L'Essence resides in my desk, and an almost empty decant of Lyric resides on top. I just cleaned out my purse -it was getting heavy and something was leaking - but do have the travel spray of L'Occitane's new Fleur d'Or Acacia I acquired this past weekend in there somewhere.

Dubaiscents November 4, 2013

I always keep a small sprayer of Amouage Honour Woman in my purse and right now I also have Chamber Noir by Olfactive Studiosm great for the (slightly) cooler weather we are having.

Queen Cupcake November 4, 2013

I work in a very casual and non-traditional place for females, so I tend to stick to "safe" perfumes or none at all. Having said that, I have a FB of Esprit de Givenchy in my locker, in case I suddenly need to smell pretty. In my desk drawer: a decant of DK Black Cashmere. In my purse, a decant of La Maison de la Vanille Sauvage de Madagascar. In summer, it would be YSL Y (edt). And, by the way, belated but warm happy birthday wishes to you, Ann.

TaiL. November 4, 2013

See! Neophyte that I am, I thought I was the only one with little decant bottles rolling around at the bottom of my purse, threatening to crack and unleash a level 5 olifactory event therein. Off I run to grab a plastic ziplock bag. Currently I'm empty (gasp!), but my last rotation included Jubilation 25, Ormonde Jayne Woman, and FM's Lipstick Rose (the last of which I just like to sniff rather than wear half the time, since it's such a fun, tarty little thing).

Katrin November 4, 2013

For a while, I was carrying around a vintage mini of Mitsouko, just for a quick sniff here and then. Or I would put it on a blotter and place it on my desk. Now it's a small roll-on sample of Jovoy's Chypre, which I also own a bottle of. I find it refreshing, pretty and wearable in most circumstances and weather conditions.

Liz K November 4, 2013

Would you believe there is nothing in my bag?!? There are half eaten Kind bars, allergy pills of all shapes and sizes, backup chargers to electronics that I'm not carrying, two pocket knives, receipts galore, a flashlight, oodles of pens, and a handkerchief but not a single fragrant drop of perfume. The elves have struck here too. I know I had a sample of Under the Arbor since it is pretty migraine proof for me and something I couldn't read anymore from Sephora that smelled nice but I will never buy. Will have to rectify this asap. I usually keep Incense Pure in there during the fall (in double ziploc - that stuff sticks around when spilled on leather!) but am completely out.

solanace November 4, 2013

I like to carry something warm and something refreshing. Now it is I'Heure Bleue and Eau d'Hadrien, both in 5 ml roll-on decants. There are a few samples too: Putain des Palaces, Fils de Dieu, Sycomore and Poussière de Rose. Everything inside a black sequin change purse, the kind that closes with a click.

Caroline November 4, 2013

Ann, what do you think of Gardez-Moi...meaning to try that one. Any green tinge, or strictly bwf? Right now my purse sized scents are Balenciaga Paris and AdP Iris Nobile...nothing challenging, but reliably pretty.

Musette November 4, 2013

I have a couple of vials in my little cos. bag: Amouage Gold extrait, Amouage Rose attar, a vintage Diorling perfume and some Carnal Flower. Oh! and that new Lauren (Greg?). If those break they're gonna have to call in a Hazmat team! xoxoxoA

Tiara November 4, 2013

Nothing. Absolutely nothing is in my purse. Hmmmm. I had a small baggie with a few things in my purse and now it's not. I know for sure Songes was in there, Coco Noir and With Love Hilary Duff (still my favorite cheap thrill). Wonder what happened to it...perfume elves or thieves? Need to rectify that and Shanghai Lily will be first into the bag.

Ines November 4, 2013

Shalimar. Always. :)

Tora November 4, 2013

Hmmm. Let's see. Here is a decant of Champagne de Bois that I have been meaning to give to a girl at the gym. And here in my makeup compartment is Ambre 114, SDV, Ambre Precieux, and APLS. And in my outside purse pocket is my decant of Tabac Rouge that I wore to the wedding on Friday. That is all.

Lynley November 4, 2013

Hi Ann! My neck and back are a little stuffed at the moment, so doing regular bag purges to travel as light as possible, I think that's sans perfume. I did have my refresh decant of Hermes Mousson in my uniform pocket though :-) And Prada Candy and some forgottens in my locker... :-/ My backups are all at my boyfriends instead. An FB of Omnia, and decants of Seville a l'Aube, Kilian Amber Oud, Caron Eau de Reglisse, and some others I have also forgotten about. His beloved Terre d'Hermes parfum was once mine, but it's so 'him' now I don't wear it. (he thinks it's what Sean Connery would smell like if he were a librarian)...

Portia November 4, 2013

Hey Ann, I currently had 3 gift decants, two of which had run so badly that the brand and name have been smeared unreadable, one is BWF and the other maybe Aquatic? the other a Prada Amber a mate gave me. Also I have Olympic Amber 5ml travel spray. Portia xx

eldarwen22 November 4, 2013

I have a couple Coach wristlets that I do use to contain my EBP decants. In one of them I carry vintage Mitsouko and Deneuve and in the other it can be the SOTD and maybe a couple others. I refuse to leave the house without Mitsouko vintage or current in my purse. After cleaning my purse, I found Nuda and my full bottle of Lyric. I swear that I do have a decant of Lyric and can't figure out why I had the full bottle in my bag.

Cacomixtle November 4, 2013

My EBPs are DSH's Mirabella (cannot leave home without!), Lutens' Chergui, Amouage's Jubilation 25, and Aroma M's Geisha Noire. It's very important that I have both a rich, dark amber and a mossy-fruity-sinful chypre with me at all times, because I never know which I'll suddenly have need of! Oh, hm, there also seems to be a random decant of Profumum's Acqua di Sale in here too lol.

Artist November 4, 2013

Le Labo Patchouli and one that's ALWAYS there....Mona di Orio Musc!

Dina C. November 4, 2013

Belated happy birthday to you, Ann! Hope your special day/week/month continues to be full of joy and celebration. My EBP is a travalo of No. 19 edp, which is my HG, that I carry in my purse. Every so often when I'm going through Nordstrom's or Sephora, I'll get a sample size of something new, and that will linger in one of the interior pockets for a while, but there aren't any there now. Like many other Chanel lovers, I wish that the Chanel company would make more of its scents available in the classy little purse sprays. They never seem to offer all the auxiliary items in No. 19, much less the Exclusifs scents. This time of the year, I'm wearing Sycomore a lot. I'd love a FB of 31 RC because my decant is almost gone. Also love Mitsouko in the fall. And I broke out a dab of vintage LouLou a couple weeks ago, and it was amazing. :-) Love cooler weather!

Rina November 4, 2013

I don't have one at the moment, but before I forget, I'll throw a small roller-ball decant of TF Jasmine Rouge into my bag. I think it's a perfect EBP! Got a sample of his Oud Wood yesteday...SWOON!

Kim B November 4, 2013

Always, always, always Chanel No 5, parfum strength. It's my usual daytime scent, and I can get it in a travel size so I don't have to worry about leakage. If 31 Cambon came in a travel size, I'd add that for the rare day when I chose that as my scent instead. I work in health care and a little spritz of No 5 seems to keep me happy - after years of doing that I have never had a complaint so it doesn't seem to bother anyone. I know, I know.... but I just can't go scentless........

Angelique November 4, 2013

Ok. Yes. I am intrigued. Going to your store righttttt now. Tom Ford’s Shanghai Lily.: Must Try

Tara November 3, 2013

Right now I have Rahat Loukhoum, Fate, Lyric Man and TF Jasmin Rouge.

Gina November 3, 2013

Right now I'm carrying sample sprays of Elie Saab, By Killian Pure Oud and 31 Cambon. It's usually more but I just cleaned out my bag. My norm is about five fragrances and five lipstick/balm/gloss. Traveling light today.