Mme. Moriarty, Misfortune Teller Perfume Oil $26.00

Mme. Moriarty, Misfortune Teller Perfume Oil


A colorless woman bursts from an elaborate gold and ruby tent and faints dead at your feet. Soft laughter emits from the dark entrance to the tent, and the scent of musk, black fruits and incense touches your senses. Looking up, you see that the sign hovering above the unconscious woman is adorned with images of the Major Arcana’s Tower and reads:

“Mme. Moriarty, Misfortune Teller.
No fate too grim, no future too bleak.”

A tiny woman with floor-length black dreadlocks walks out of the tent, stepping over the prone body. She is clothed in deep red wrappings, and is bedecked in golden ornaments bearing alchemical symbols and charms representing eternity, chance, and wisdom. She pauses, looks you over slowly, and then flicks a tarot card at your feet.

Red musk, vanilla bean, pomegranate, black currant, patchouli leaf and wild plum.

A Pantomime of Deviltry and Debauch in Seven Acts

Presented in an amber apothecary vial.


  1. Jae

    This is a witchy, magical scent! Reminds me of the Santaria Botanical stores in Florida!

  2. Valerie

    I am on my third bottle. I receive so many compliments when I am wearing this. “you smell so good, what is that?” “Another hug please” “you smell like yummy incense”

  3. arai.alecto

    This was my first Carnaval Diabolique, and I must say it did not disappoint. The smell reminded me of a metaphysical shop & Cafe near me that was a great place. It was warm and inviting with a deep undercurrent of mischief. 🙂

  4. hlinspjalda

    I did a side-by-side skin test of vintage Mme Moriarty and the new formulation. The new formulation smelled more fruity and less musky in the bottle. However, after drydown they smelled identical on my skin; they lasted the same amount of time and had the same sillage. La Madame is extraordinary in both her original and her resurrected incarnation.

  5. TarynPage

    When I first opened the bottle, I got the whiff of the medicinal scent other reviewers were smelling. However, like the other reviewers mention, the medicinal smell is exactly what you expect an apothecary to smell like: old-world, dark, a little fruity. The scent on my skin became immediately intimate. I ordered this perfume to smell mythical and supernatural. I wanted to invoke the feelings vintage fortune tellers might invoke. Needless to say, this scent achieved this goal. I don’t think this scent is for everyone, but when I go out on the town at night with crimson lipstick, this is the scent I wear.

    Bottled: Highly medicinal and a little sickly sweet (think cherry lozenges) with a hint of smoke and incense.

    On *my* skin: Less sweet. Darker. Reminds me of candle wax and a swept floor. I went to a store in Piccadilly Circus once that sold puppets (circa 2001, don’t think it’s there anymore) and it smelled JUST like this. Weirdly, I ended up buying tarot cards there.

  6. Valerie

    Just received my second bottle and may order a third! I receive so many compliments on this – “what are you wearing?” I think on me the patchouli is the lasting scent but combined with all the others, it’s a phenomenal oil. i love it!! Love YOU BPAL !!! Every order so carefully put together and I love the samples that accompany it!!

  7. Corallia.Sauvage

    After checking out the meaning of my tarot card, “The World”, I am nervously exited to ale a deep whiff of my perfume oil. As I open my new bottle of, I’m unsure what to expect… As I unscrew the jar I lean in and inhale a long full breath of the oil. It’s strong & a bit medicinal but not in any methol way. Wet on my skin, it is no longer medicinal as it’s notes begin to open up: so delicious, nice & dark; berries & fruits of a deep Black Forest, beautiful Pathouli, not dirty but dreamy.
    I reach in and place more onto the back of my hand, lightly smoothing it into my skin. I’m loving this dark yet alive blend. As it begins to drydown, the wet darkness begins to change and reveal a mysterious lovely symphany that begins to play up a dark vanilla & muskiness, now coming together with an earthy scent with tinged of fruit and sweetness, even a hint of flora that I am loving!! I can’t stop sniffing! I love far my fav ’15 Carnival Diabolique oil.

  8. Jeni

    This is by far my favorite scent, exceeding even the original blend.

    This is all red musk, warm vanilla and juicy fruit. I think the patchouli is really just an after thought here! No matter, the pom, plum and the rich black currant serve as the top notes while the vanilla and musk provide a comforting base.

    The throw is perfect, a few feet, nothing to overwhelm your neighbors, and it lasts several hours without reapplication.

  9. Nuri

    First off I got my beautiful tarot card (the princess of disks) which I just thought was great. Now to the perfume, it’s a sexy musky patchouli that smells like warm musky skin rolled around in some wild herbs with just a touch of sweetness. It’s a really great scent.

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