As you all probably know by now, it’s not some kind of official-speak, as in, “Hey, Joe, what’s your ETA to your next delivery stop?” It’s 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, 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, sometimes months), we forget to take them all back out again.
Now that summer is in full swing pretty much everywhere (here in the Northern Hemisphere anyway), many of us are feeling the heat. It’s already hit the low 90s here (yikes, that’s not supposed to happen until at least July!), so I’m all about refreshing and cooling.
The EBP goodies I’m toting around now are decants/samples of Chanel’s lovely Eau de Cologne, Frederic Malle’s Cologne Indelible, Coty’s Muguet des Bois from a sweet Posse pal and a sample of Puredistance White. I also can see that some Clinique/Prescriptives Calyx and some Le Labo Tubereuse 40 will be joining the EBPs quite soon. And perhaps a bit of Ramon Monegal’s Pure Mariposa, of which I adore the bright, brilliant opening, but not so much the fig-laden remainder that results on my oddball skin. Still, that opening is enough to risk it, at least a time or two.
So do have a peek at the bottom of your purses, backpacks, briefcases, etc., and share your EBPs: What vials, decants, bottles, etc., are rolling around in there?
As always, a word of caution: I try to keep my EBP stash in a plastic zip-top baggie in a feeble attempt at organization, but also mostly because 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 have your scent choices all together and see them at a glance, instead of spread out loosey-goosey in the bottom of your purse, which is what I used to do, before said accident.