popular opinion The Best Smells in the World  

Jacob Shelton
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List Rules Vote up your favorite scents that just smell really good.

Scientists have found that smell is the sense that’s most tied into memory, and this makes one contemplate the possibility that a person’s favorite smell is tied into a favorite memory. Whether it’s your mother cooking breakfast on a Sunday morning, or the memory of a beach vacation with an ex-lover, these sense memories are waiting in your subconscious to be awakened with one sniff of a candle. Call us sentimental, but all of the scents and pleasant odors on this list of the best smells in the world are connected to important parts of life, and you likely feel the same way about more than one of the smells on this list.

Even though you probably smell it every day, the aroma of ground coffee is still one of the best smelling scents imaginable. It’s possibly only topped by the smell of the air before it begins to rain. You'll surely have your own personal list of the best smells in the entire world, but how many of them cross over with those on this list? Are any of the smells something that most people find super gross, but you just love?

Check out this list of the best smells and don’t forget to vote up the ones your nose loves the most. Are any of your favorite scents missing? Feel free to add them for others to vote on.
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After it Rains is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Smells in the World
After it Rains

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Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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Bacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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Coffee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

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Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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Rose is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

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Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

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Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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Clothes Fresh Out of the Drier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Clothes Fresh Out of the Drier

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The Moment Before It Rains is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Moment Before It Rains

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A New Car is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A New Car

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Old Books is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

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Basil is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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+ - 163 52
Orange is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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+ - 131 47
Mint is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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+ - 80 16
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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Citrus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Gasoline

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Garlic is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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Lilacs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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A Real Christmas Tree is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A Real Christmas Tree

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Pumpkin pie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Jasmine

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Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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baby's hair is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Smells in the World
baby's hair

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Freshly Washed Hair is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Washed Hair

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Waffle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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Sautéed Onions is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sautéed Onions

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Old Spice is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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Just Lit Matches is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Just Lit Matches

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+ - 58 15
Forest is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Forest

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Honeysuckle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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Gardenia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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Wood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Wood

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Permanent Markers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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Lavender is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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Loved Ones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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The Way Your Home Smells After... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Way Your Home Smells After You've Been Away

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Incense is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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Magnolia Trees is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Magnolia Trees

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Pipe is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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New Shoes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Smells in the World