What’s your EBP? Fragrance transition time

EBP As you all probably know by now, EBP isn’t some kind of official-speak, as in, “Hey, Joe, what’s your ETA to the 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, sometime months), we forget to take them all back out again.

Now that it’s pretty clearly autumn here here in the Northern Hemisphere, many of us are feeling the chill, and those of you in the Southern, are welcoming some heat. High time to do some fragrant transitions.

EBP As for me, I’m carrying around decants/samples of Tom Ford Noir Femme (a yummy chill-chaser with a bit of sexy thrown in), Tom Ford Venetian Bergamot, Norell New York (it doesn’t feel terribly fall-ish but I’m loving it anyway) and Bulgari’s Au The Bleu, softly refreshing for those gently toasty afternoons between the morning and evening chill. I’m hoping to try the new Azzedine Alaia scent, Alaia Paris, soon, too, as it sounds like a great fit for this time of year.

Speaking of which, its bottle, with its textured cap and tactile black bottle, as well as the sleek black and gold ribbed TF Noir Pour Femme one, have me in serious bottle want. Alas, I rarely buy full-size bottles, but these would make me very happy in minis or even in 1-ounce sizes.

Anyhoo, what about you? 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 EBPs 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.

16 Comments

  1. For fall, I always carry around a roller ball of Ginger Soufflé by Origins. A few weeks ago I added L by Soft Surroundings. I realize that neither of these are by any great perfume house but they are yummy. The tobacco and honey opener of L just sends me.

    • Hi, Patti! Yummy is the most important thing. 🙂 I remember loving and wearing the Origins scent years ago; didn’t know it came in a rollerball — how cool. And I’ve been dying to try the L; don’t know if you saw it on here a little while back, but March wrote about it. Great choices!

  2. In addition to my decant of Atelier Jasmin Angelique, which I’m wearing today, I appear to also have a roller ball of Clean Cashmere, another delightful scent. Both are great for this transitional time (it’s still hot here in Dallas for some reason! Ick!)

    • I hear you, Maggiecat, it does seem like it takes Dallas awhile to fall into autumn. But hopefully it will cool down soon — enjoy your lovelies in the meantime!

  3. I have Frau Tonis Sminta in my purse. I love the long travel spray vial, because it doesnt get lost so easily. And a small vial of L’Heure Bleu.

    • Oooh, never heard of that one; tell us more about it. But it sounds very cool, and the easy-to-find vial is a plus.

  4. maggiecat. I really want to try Atelier Jasmin Angelique, how do you like it?

  5. I have a large spray sample of L’Artisan Premier Figuier in my bag — it’s my go-to that seems to suit most occasions, because it’s got a little bit of everything: green notes, fruit but not too sweet, a bit sexy.

    • Those are the best, aren’t they, Heidi? The scents that cover all the bases, work well all the time and make you feel good — the MVPs of the perfume world. Enjoy!

  6. I always keep a few samples in a tiny ziploc bag in my purse. Right now I have one I love (Diptyque Eau Duelle) and two new (to me) ones that I am a bit enamored with – Fueguia’s odd but wonderful Ballena de la Pampa and Parfums MDCI’s masterfully blended Vepres Sicilienne.

    • Hi, Teri! I, too, love Eau Duelle — such a great, comforting vanilla. Have not tried those others you mentioned, but they sound great. And so glad you’re using a ziploc bag, too. Would hate to lose precious juice and ruin a handbag.

  7. After being a ltitle bored with my summer fragrances, I switched over into cold-weather fragrances incredibly quickly, even before any real chill had set in. I’ve been carrying around Tauerville Vanilla Flash, Tom Ford Noir Pour Femme, L’Artisan Noir Exquis, and the J.Crew/Arquiste scents, and I really can’t get enough of any of them right now.

    • Hi! I don’t blame you a bit for making the switch. BTW, you have named several of my faves, including the Tauer and the Tom Ford. Must try the others, especially the L’Artisan. How would you describe it and what do you like best about it?

      • I’m a sucker for gourmands, and Noir Exquis is delicious. I wasn’t so sure when I read the list of notes, but the scent totally won me over. The chestnut is very prominent on my skin and it’s got both a caramelized sweetness (that’s not cloying) and woodiness that reminds me of holidays and decadent breakfast in the best possible way. The scent also lasts a long time; I put it on a few hours before bed last night and could still smell it very clearly in the morning. Even though it might not be the most versatile scent in the world, I’m already toying with the idea of adding a bottle to my collection.

        • Oooh, that sounds quite nice! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts about it; must try soon.

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