The Sexiest Man Alive Smell-Off

Tayediggssexiestman_lHave you ever been in the midst of watching a particularly intense interrogation scene involving Law & Order: SVU‘s hot-headed Elliot Stabler and the smarmy scum bag of the week and caught yourself thinking, "Wow, I wonder what Christopher Meloni smells like?" (Yeah, that happens to us all the time). If so, you’re in luck. In the issue that keeps on giving, People‘s Sexiest Man Alive special has a nifty scratch and smell feature, and we’ve put in our due diligence to sniff out the best-smelling hunk. Here’s our analysis.

Chace Crawford
Smells like: Freshly cut grass
What we imagine he really smells like: Money. And hair pomade. (I consulted my well-coiffed friend Dennis on the matter, and here’s what he had to add: "I’m sure Chace uses something from bumble & bumble, like their grooming cream or something not super fussy but with bang-tastic results.")

Taye Diggs (pictured)
Smells like: Vanilla, chocolate, sandalwood, and musk
What we imagine he really smells like: Coconut sun tan lotion (because the Private Practice hottie still helps vacationing cougars get their grooves back. Right? Please?)

Chris Meloni
Smells like: A day at the beach (or how I imagine Mr. Diggs to smell)
What we imagine he really smells like: Coffee (the kind in the little blue cups from street carts). And cigarette smoke, because goodness knows you can’t walk down a street in New York without someone blowing smoke in your face.

Michael Phelps
Smells like: L’Homme YSL
What we imagine he really smells like: Chlorine

Based on the evidence presented to us (and our extensive man-sniffing experience), we’re handing the smell-good gold to Phelps and his fancy-schmancy cologne. But that’s just our two cents. Okay PopWatchers, which of People’s sexiest men do you think smells best? Any guesses for what fragrance your other favorite hunks might wear? What does it mean for us as a society that we spent any portion of our weekend smelling photos of sexy men?

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  • BW

    John Krasinski. And having had the opportunity to smell him in person on one occasion, I can say that he smells nice and clean, without any fuss.

  • I Got Soul

    Thats a sexxy pic of Taye Diggs!

  • The Counteragent

    I’m simultaneously jealous of you for having smelled John Krasinski, and creeped out by myself for having that thought.
    Does anyone else kind of want Jon Hamm to smell like John Ham? I mean, Old Spice would be nice too, but it’s not going to help me on my lunch break, you know?

  • CAB

    What a terrible picture of Taye Diggs! Amazing that you can make such a sexy guy look so homely.

  • Alex

    Christopher Meloni smells like testosterone.

  • Elizabeth

    Jon Hamm as Don Draper: aftershave/shaving cream

  • Martha

    I really, really hate cologne on men, so I couldn’t even bring myself to do the scratch-n-sniff in the People magazine. So I sort of hope my favorite hotties smell like soap and guy, or even chlorine and sunblock, not like YSL.

  • cpreynolds

    This was a well-written blog. Chuckled at the last sentence. Thanks.

  • Jennifer,16

    Christopher Meloni *drool*
    OMG.. hot, he is old enough to be my dad.. in this case my mom.. there the same age.. but damn!! great actor.. he probably smells amazing.. & he is hot! people around him would have to stop drop and roll ♥

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