What’s your EBP?

EBPOh, 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 heading toward a new season, it’s high time to sniff some fragrant transitions.

As for me and my emergency backup perfume, I’m only slightly in exploratory/testing mode, carrying around decants/samples of a very few things: Guerlain’s Joyeuse Tubereuse, Chanel’s Gabrielle and Zoologist Panda.

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.

26 Comments
March September 19, 2017

Ha! Here's my deeply flawed system -- if I have a sample made up (usually at Nordstrom) because I want to try it a few times, or maybe review it, it winds up in whatever bag I'm carrying, and I rotate my bags. Anything I hate I'm careful to toss right away. So if I'm having an emergency I just dig around in my bag and probably there's a sample spray or three in there. The catch: they're all unlabeled, and I generally have *no idea* what I'm putting on, lol.

Musette September 18, 2017

I'm in India with Portia, buying sari material and eating curry, so I don't have too many EBPs. I am also lying through my teeth. I'm sitting in my LR, going through invoices and writing checks. yay. I am also ALWAYS carrying vintage No5, vintage Arpege that I got from Surrender to Chance and omg I don't know how I lived without this beauty, 1932 a phenomenal vintage Amouage Gold that I got from a lovely, generous friend. I am ALWAYS 'fumed up! It's just safer that way ;-) xoxoxo

Queen Cupcake September 18, 2017

I am always changing purses, so I had to quit carrying perfume around for the most part. I never seem to need it when I am out. But my desk drawer at work contains: Samsara edp, Le Jardin sur le Nil, Y, and Floris Edwardian Bouquet. I guess I could call those my EBPs!

HeidiC September 18, 2017

Ann! I want to hear every single one of your thoughts on Gabrielle!!! I really wanted to like Panda, but mostly it smells like a garden/hardware store. I just swapped mine out -- right now I've got what's left of my Ciel de GUM, and Cuir Beluga. And a vial of Bogue's MEM that I'm still thinking about. Before that I had SL's Fleurs de Oranger and Armani Prive Iris Celadon. And regardless of season, there's always a vial of Mitsouko in there.

eldarwen22 September 18, 2017

I am in the process of swapping out the decants in my purse. I did have Shalimar and no 19 in there.

Kathleen Smith September 18, 2017

I have decants of Tom Ford Plum Japonais and Chanel Boy as EBP in my purse. I also keep several new STC samples in my work desk drawer so I can experiment while sitting at my desk.

MMKinPA September 18, 2017

I don't actually have anything in my bag but I have a refillable travel spray of SJP Covet that I ought to put in there. As odd as it is, it works for me and an easy choice. I'm afraid that any vials I put in there would never see the light of day again and would most certainly leak and be wasted (even if in a ziplock!)

Mookie September 18, 2017

Interesting! Nowadays I keep EBPs on me for two purposes: if a stranger wants to know what I'm wearing* and I want to give them a sample to try on their skin (so much fun!) or when I need to road test / sniff something I'm considering buying. At the moment, Knowing (because everyone likes it and few lay people can place it and in my climactic neck of the woods it works in any season) and vials of Chypre Mousse, L'Ombre dans L'eau EDP, and The Afternoon of a Faun because I'm trying to work out what I'm going to buy for myself as a holiday gift this year. Also a gigantic Joop! Homme because I like being able to unnerve my (non-scent sensitive) more intrusive co-workers just by cracking the top off. It clears a room like nothing else and for days after people are very respectful of my space and time. *I think "emanating" is a better verb choice here and I'd like it to catch on

Gigi September 18, 2017

It is almost time to swap them out for fall. Right now I have a 15ml of Vetiver Tonka stashed in my purse, along with decants of Rahele and Shangri La. Wait a minute, these are alright for autumn too! Maybe Cuir d'Ange will find its way in there as well.

Portia September 18, 2017

Hey there Ann, Currently traveling in India so no EBP as such but I did find two fragrances in one of my washbag zips that were a pleasant surprise. Myrrh Casati by MdO and Vaninger by Oliver & Co. Both fabulous but the Myrrh Casati has got a LOT of wear this break. Portia xx

verbenaluvvr September 18, 2017

I keep Pacifica rollerballs (island vanilla and tuscan blood orange) in my purse and D&G the one in my desk drawer at work for EBP