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
Desertrat89 added After it Rains

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1,275 203
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

3
1,139 310
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,177 211
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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833 517
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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979 369
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,000 275
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

8
797 338
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

9
706 313
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
STLsportsMGH added

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885 211
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

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613 284
Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
aurapurify added

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625 217
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added

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819 156
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

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798 240
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

15
487 107
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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504 213
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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673 329
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

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491 154
Mint is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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681 183
Clothes Fresh Out of the Drier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Clothes Fresh Out of the Drier

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608 345
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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500 187
Orange is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added

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424 144
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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582 262
The Moment Before It Rains is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Moment Before It Rains

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451 262
Basil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World

25
460 113
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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498 334
A New Car is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A New Car

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437 504
Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Gasoline

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382 106
Lavender is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Smells in the World
FinnStratford added

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441 174
Lilacs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Smells in the World
william-pratt added

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381 151
Freshly Washed Hair is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Freshly Washed Hair

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372 320
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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575 149
A Real Christmas Tree is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A Real Christmas Tree

33
417 214
Pumpkin pie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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353 58
Forest is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Forest

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291 125
Honeysuckle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added

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346 188
Waffle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Smells in the World

37
353 218
Just Lit Matches is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Just Lit Matches

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361 245
baby's hair is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Desertrat89 added baby's hair

39
162 195
Old Spice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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410 154
Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Jasmine

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203 116
Gardenia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Eicart added

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268 254
Sautéed Onions is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sautéed Onions

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196 264
Permanent Markers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

44
301 225
The Way Your Home Smells After... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Way Your Home Smells After You've Been Away

45
200 130
Loved Ones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Smells in the World
MikeHouston added

46
250 72
Wood is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Wood

47
197 34
Cinnamon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Rainbowpitch added

48
184 184
Incense is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Smells in the World
jonathan-guerra added

49
238 195
New Paper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Smells in the World
New Paper

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289 131
Magnolia Trees is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Magnolia Trees