What’s your EBP? Spring version

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 (or at least some of us) are in spring, it’s time to share our current sniffages. 

As for me, I’ve been enjoying Guerlain’s Champs Elysees EDP (thanks, dear Portia!), and an old favorite, Amouage Ubar Woman. And I recently tried the new Chanel Exclusif 1957. It was nice, but reminded me strongly of several something elses. Can’t think of the one scent, but later on in its progression, it did somewhat resemble a more musky version of Serge Lutens’ Fleurs de Citronnier. I’ll enjoy my sample, but likely won’t be pining for more.

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 as always — a word of advice: 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 frightened of leakage. Having once had the lining of a handbag stained this way, 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 enjoy yourselves!!

11 Comments

  1. Usually I carry a decant or the actual bottle of what I am wearing due to my nedn to reapply during the day. Or I might throw in some things I want to test. Right now my bottle of NOA is in my desk drawer at work because it’s office friendly and I love it. But the full bottle at work changes from time to time and season to season.

  2. I”ve been carrying a travel bottle of Maison Lancome Iris Dragees in my purse (in a zippered cosmetics bag!), as well as a few samples I recently picked up at Nordstrom. Givenchy L’Interdit (not anything like the original), Tiffany EDP, and Sisley Soir de Lune. I typically carry samples in my purse, a great opportunity to sample throughout the day and see how they wear.

  3. Liz | wannabeliz.com
    I carry many roller balls in my work bag and in my everyday bag. I try to have a roller ball of whatever I’m wearing most so I can reapply. Sadly, I’m busy and lazy( bad combo!) and don’t find myself reapplying. I love roller balls and tend to buy instead of full sizes lately.

  4. I keep samples and a couple of roller balls in a zippered make up bag in my handbag.

  5. I don’t carry anything with me. I apply something in the morning before work. Then I apply something else in the evening when I get home. No leakage problems!

    • me, either! I’m trying to get more organized (ain’t NOBODY got time for 4 lipsticks in one little cosmetics case!) – but I suspect that same little vintage vial of No5 is lurking in there….

  6. I have an EBP stash in my desk at the office — right now I think it’s a Malle Magnolia and some Hermes Twilly plus random unlabeled plastic atomizers from Nordstrom 😀

  7. This was a great call to clean out my makeup bag as I appear to have a stock pile of little sample vials. Arpege (not a fave), Bandit (a great pick-me-up), Diorissimo (so lovely I can’t stop sniffing myself), and Stem (new from Malin & Goetz, I like muguet).

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