Casamorati Mefisto 
Xerjoff (2009)

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There are 17 reviews of Casamorati Mefisto by Xerjoff.

What good news – Mefisto avoids the synthpop clichés of ‘blue’ perfumes (in this case a blue bottle rather than the liquid coloured that way) and there’s little that’s demonic about it either. Instead, it’s a rather languid creation of a fantasy island scene – a little cool water in a pool, citrus fruit ripening in the sun and the inviting call of sweet pink roses from among the foliage. It’s a calm, unhurried thing; not a grand statement by any means but comfortably fresh without being hyper.
Aug 17, 2021

I popped for a 30ml of this since it is described as similar to SILVER MOUNTAIN WATER but with some legs. It lives up to that.

SMW has a bit more of a hard edge on it with the metallic or inky vibe, but this ends up smelling a lot like SMW after the dry down.

Very unisex but a pleasant and somewhat modern smelling scent. A good warm weather scent, but probably works year round.

A bit like an EdC style scent, but a bit heavier with a touch of musk and sandalwood.

I like layering it with a bit of SMW to get the edgier opening of SMW combined with the longevity of MEFISTO.
Sep 27, 2020

Xerjoff is pretty well known for squirting out tons of accessory perfume lines in various series or sub-labels like Shooting Stars, Oud-Stars, XJ, Sospiro, Casamorati, and so on, but amongst all that prolific output, they do have some winners that seem almost worth their high price. One such winner from the Casamorati 1888 range is Mefisto (2009), a traditional floral citrus a la Creed that feels more French than the Italian theme it is given. Mephisto is labelled masculine, but there is nothing inherently masculine about it really, as most of the ingredients in it stay pretty gender-neutral. Everything also smells fairly natural and has weight despite being a light fragrance by design, but it better had for the price tag. Mefisto feels oddly-named because there is nothing particularly diabolical about the smell of this stuff, but seeing how many things this house has released since 2003, I almost feel like they just pull a name out of a hat and slap it on a bottle because it sounds cool like Calvin Klein might do.

The opening of Mefisto is a blooming citrus trifecta of lemon, grapefruit, and bergamot, and these citrus notes linger unnaturally long into the dry down, which is a hallmark of the brand you can see in other scents like 1861 Renaissance/XJ: 1861 Renaissance (2011/2015). Iris and rose come in feeling quite feminine at first, then are rounded back to neutral with a sweet French lavender, making a dandy sort of white floral heart which reflects the citrus top quite well. Beyond that, there is the usual soft but voluptuous ambergris and white musk base, accented with what is listed as sandalwood and cedar, but for me just registers as non-descript "dry woody note". Most of these Western houses regardless of price point aren't using much real wood essences anymore if any because of how pricey they are cost-wise (thanks to over-harvesting poachers), so despite the quality present, the one area where this stuff cheaps out a tad is in the base. However, this is a tiny nitpick in what is otherwise a very impressive floral fragrance. Wear time is well over 12 hours and performance is north of moderately strong.

Casamorati 1888 Mefisto is a bit of a contradiction of itself, since it comes in a blue bottle, doesn't smell "blue", and is named in a way to provoke intimidation, yet is onle of the mildest mannered things I've smelled. Since the Casamorati 1888 line is one of the rare sub-lines that has been allowed to keep its unque bottle design (while many other ranges like the XJ, Join the Club, and Sospiro ranges have been condensed back into newer "standard" Xerjoff bottle designs), this will stand out if you collect the house, with weird shoulder epaulets and a cloth tassel hanging from the neck. Usage-wise Mefisto feels built for summer but is honestly powerful enough to bring "summer" into any season you wear it, although it's one of those fussy classic French floral affairs so it doesn't read casual at all. If you're in the market for a gorgeous white citric floral and have the kind of cash Xerjoff requires, check it out. Otherwise, it's just another indulgence for the rich. Thumbs up.
Jul 24, 2020

A lot of cucumber it seems, for a very usual masculine fragrance. Clean musk as well. Fresh, clean. It does the job, but many cheaper fragrances do the same.
May 14, 2020

At first sniff i must say i was a bit disappointed, all i could perceive was lemony grass. All this hype got me expecting a masterpiece. Well, it is not. Certainly quality stuff and a fresh scent. Truth is i enjoy the opening more than the dry down where everything calms down and the frag reminds me of a grown mature man -or woman. So and so.
Sep 1, 2019

Big, loud opening. There's a rich, green-sweetness that made me think of GIT first but this is definitely closer to Silver Mountain Water with all of the florals that are the real featured notes overall. My wife immediately noticed this from the other room and commented on how good it smelled. She's more of a fan of GIT than SMW so that's why I feel like Mefisto has more green and sweetness than SMW, which seems to have more of the inkiness. That gives it a fresher and perhaps more modern lean on SMW, if you're looking for something similar but just a little different.

Projection is very good during the first 4-5 hours.
Aug 6, 2019

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