Oh, look, it’s that time again! 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 stands for emergency backup perfume, and it was coined by lovely Posse reader AnnieA, commenting on one of my posts 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 even months ? — we forget to take them all back out again.
Now that we’re in a new season, it’s high time to sniff some fragrant transitions.
As for me and my emergency backup perfume, I’m in warm and cozy mode, carrying around decants/samples of Guerlain’s Cuir Beluga, Cartier’s Gold Must de Cartier, Donna Karan Chaos and Black Cashmere, and Aerin Lauder’s Tangier Vanille. And of course, the always warm and fuzzy (and oh, so layerable) Le Couvent des Minimes Eau des Mission. Plus, I’m even tiptoeing into body products territory with a sample jar of Frederic Malle’s Portrait of a Lady body cream that I happened upon recently.
These were perfect this weekend as we here in the Deep South went into the deep freeze, but looking ahead to later in the week with a day or two of near-70s temps forecast, and I’m thinking I’ll have to change horses and pull out some of the lighter- and middle-weight frags. Oh, Mother Nature you fickle lass, you! And of course, you folks in the Southern Hemisphere will have a whole ‘nother set of choices for wearing in your weather.
What about you? Do have a peek at the bottoms of your purses, backpacks, briefcases, etc., and share your emergency backup perfume: What vials, decants, bottles, etc., are rolling around in there?
And, as always, a word of caution: I try to keep my EBP items in a plastic zip-top baggie (a plastic-lined makeup bag would do nicely) 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 all loosey-goosey in the bottom of your purse, which is what I used to do, before said accident.