EXCLUSIVE: Justin Timberlake Talks Scents and Sex Appeal

08/06/2009 at 01:26 PM ET

Courtesy of Givenchy

Do you want to know what Justin Timberlake smells like? Well, chances are these days, it’s Givenchy’s men’s scents Play and Play Intense, which the singer signed on to be the face of last year. With his magazine ads breaking in the U.S. in September magazines, the singer dished on his own scent preferences exclusively to PEOPLE. So what smells good to the sexy star? “The greatest scents in the world are pheromones,” he confides. “Just the actual smell of a person’s skin.” But that doesn’t mean that he hasn’t worn his own fair share of fragrances. “I was 13 or something. I thought [Polo fragrance] was cool. I remember when [ck One] was, like, a big deal. Everybody from my school smelled exactly the same.” No more generic scents for Timberlake, though. Although the Givenchy’s scents don’t bear JT’s name, he admits to having a hand in creating the scent. “I think the way we did [it] was kind of cool,” he says, “because [I got ] to pick notes. I’m not a scientist, I won’t be in there doing the chemistry or mixing the chemicals, [but] I really enjoyed the process of working with Givenchy and getting involved in the actual fragrance. It means more to you. It feels more personal. I actually wear it,” he says. But the big question is, what does girlfriend Jessica Biel think? “I get a lot of compliments [from her] when I wear it,” he says. Sometimes, though, even the sexy face of a fragrance brand prefers to go all-natural. “I actually like my own funk smell sometimes,” he says. Buy Play at macys.com, $53 for a 1.7 oz. EDT. Tell us: What do you think of Justin’s Play ads? Will you try the fragrances?

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Beth on

Is it me or does he look like Shia LaBeouf
in this picture?

marie on

Is it me or does he look like ashton kutcher in this pic.

Diana on

Play Intense is better than the Play Original…and Pi by Givenchy is better than both of them :)

Gloria on

Yummy! I bought the magazine and seen his ad. Sexy..and the smell was very nice. My hubby’s b-day is coming up and for sure one of his gifts will be this fragrance. Love it!

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Lori on


jami on

mmm… i think i need to go be alone now with this picture… oh yeah… i am sure the cologne smells nice too… mmm

jami on

is it just me or does he look like he has a fat a**… lol… jk… i would still do him

Charles on

“The greatest scents in the world are pheromones,” he confides. (Justin) Well, he should wear real pheromone, alphaero, oxytocin fragrances or any of the natural attractants with science behind them. Scents work through the olfactory center, the others work with our VNO. There are lots of sites out there that explain how the science works.

fvrd77 on

Gotta love Justin! I give this ad a grade A

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