What’s your EBP? Winter emergency backup perfume

emergency EBPAs 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 (or at least some of us) are full on in the grip of winter, it’s time to share our current sniffages.

As for me and my emergency backup perfume, I’ve been grooving on a lot of oldies and big-gun warmer-uppers, especially since embarking on the Big Perfume Clean-up Campaign to make DH happy. 😉 . Vanilla and spice have been working overtime, particularly: Indult Tihota, Le Labo Vanille 44, Guerlain’s Encens Mythique, and Tom Ford’s Vanille Fatale, plus some Guerlain Attrape Coeur. Also in the mix: Aerin Lauder’s Amber Musk, Parfum d’Empire Ambre Russe, and Laboratorio Olfattiva’s Alambar.

What about you? Do take 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 even though I’m preaching to the choir — a word of caution: I always keep my EBP items in a plastic zip-top baggie (a plastic-lined makeup bag would do nicely too) in an attempt at organization, but also mostly because I’m scared to death of leakage. Having once had the lining of a handbag stained this way and a valuable sample wasted, that’s one fragrance emergency I’m not eager to repeat. And it is nice to have your scent choices all together and see them at a glance, instead of spread out all hither and yon in the bottom of your purse, which is what I used to do, before said accident.

Have a great week, everyone, and stay warm (or cool, as the case may be)!

12 Comments

  1. I don’t actually carry perfume with me but if I did, this winter it would be SJP Stash. I think I have a rollerball somewhere that would be perfect. I find it to be an easy any time anywhere perfume for me.

  2. A decent of Creed White Amber is all, I’m afraid – I just moved to a new purse! The old purse doubtless has Deauville and assorted other cold weather scents.

  3. I usually keep various samples, decants and bottles in my desk draw at work (right now I have a few drops of Stash in a 30ml bottle). Lately I have been carrying whatever decant/bottle I am spraying on in the morning so that I can freshen up at work. I am on a THUNK mission and this is the way to do it. I should carry in a ziplock because years ago I made the mistake of carrying a mini nonspray of Poison in my purse which completely emptied. The smell NEVER left that purse!

  4. Ann, all on your list are amongst my favorite cozy scents, except for Alambar which I’m not acquainted with and now need to research.
    I have been carrying Lancome Iris Dragees, M. Montage Ylang Ylang, and a samples of the new Tiffany EDP.

  5. I just got a sample of PdE’s Ambre Russe and am really enjoying it! I’ve also been carrying around a small spray decant of Cabochard EdT — not as rich as the vintage parfum, but it works great as an afternoon refresher and over top of nearly anything I spritzed in the morning.

  6. I still don’t understand carrying around perfume. Then again in the winter I wear FM Portrait of A Lady and two sprays usually last two days, not to mention the lingering scent on my clothes. I have a hoodie that permanently smells like Portrait.
    Had small sample of Indult Tihota that I finally decided to wear. It was very dark and syrupy, so I’m guessing it was old or vintage. Dear Husband swooned over that one on me. Not sure I’m going to try and seek out a bottle though as I have way too much perfume. Need to do a clear out.
    Also remembered I have a bottle of Le Labo Vanille 44. That would be good to wear this winter, too.

  7. I don’t carry around fragrances either, although I do have lipstick, powder, concealer etc. On the other hand, I keep a rollerball of Fresh’s Citron de Vigne in my office drawer. It comes in handy if I forget to spritz or if the spritz of the day wears off and I need a “fragrance hit”. Also, it isn’t so potent that if it leaks or if someone walks in right after I’ve rolled that I’m going to create an issue with the coworkers.

  8. I carry samples of Fils de Dieu and Dzing in my bag. And some Vintage Cabochard. Sometimes i take fth decant i used in the morning with me.

  9. Hi! I’m traveling a lot these days for work so I carry three small bottles:
    – Original Musk from Kiehls (I spray Salome at home but wouldn’t risk damaging it while traveling)
    – A decant of my precious vintage Égoïste
    – Vanilla Flash from Tauerville (again, wouldn’t risk damaging my preferred Vanille Fatale)

    So, these are my three EBP perfumes that I use during these cold, oh! so cold winter days in Montreal!

    Cheers xx

  10. Despite its being the middle of winter, I have a rollerball of Pacifica’s lemon blossom – very spring-like

  11. I keep several sample and/or small sizes of EBP in my purse just in case I run out of the door forgetting to put on perfume because I’m running late. I also keep quite a few in my drawer at work. However, I have had an occasion or two during a weekend when I am out and forgot to put on perfume and throw a sample or small size of something in whatever purse I am carrying on the weekend. I always feel unfinished without perfume on

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