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Scent Name:  Mme. Moriarty, The Misfortune Teller

Manufacturer: Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab – Carnival Diabolique:  Act II: Fiat Nox

Scent Description and Notes: ‘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, patchouli leaf and wild plum. ” -BPAL.org

COPYRIGHT: ©2008 Jennifer Williamson

Oil Color: It looks like antique cherry wood.

Bottle Design and Artwork: This is a standard vial / imp size (1/32 oz). This is a decant from ralenth, who tries to match the bottle art to the art she provides on the imp.  On the back, she has the name of the scent and her credits in a rusty red.  On the front is a gypsy-looking woman in  burgundy clothing holding tarot cards against a green incense-infused background.


  • ITI:  Vanilla and sweet musk are the first notes I can discern.  When I inhale deeper, I can get a little of the patchouli.  It’s beautiful, and I hope it stays this way on my skin.
  • Wet:  Ooh, vanilla, plum,  incense, musk and pomegranate are all evident at this stage.  It’s delicious and intoxicating.  
  • Dry: After 18 hours, the scent is faint vanilla, with a touch of musk and just the lightest hint of incense.  It’s lovely.

Other Impressions:  Antonio says it’s good; it’s like a powdery berry.