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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575 94
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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483 134
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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574 84
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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419 219
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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470 166
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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461 155
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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368 156
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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360 137
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
STLsportsMGH added Barbecue

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427 105
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

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234 89
Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
aurapurify added Rose

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407 76
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

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387 117
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

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263 91
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added Apple pie

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337 167
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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199 74
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Pizza

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343 91
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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294 162
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

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245 131
Basil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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302 128
The Moment Before It Rains is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Moment Before It Rains

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217 66
Orange is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added Orange

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277 170
A New Car is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A New Car

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134 25
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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183 63
Mint is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Mint

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161 57
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Citrus

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225 75
Lilacs is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Smells in the World
william-pratt added Lilacs

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186 255
Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Gasoline

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207 175
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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323 90
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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231 124
Pumpkin pie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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152 56
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Chocolate

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140 54
Freshly Washed Hair is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Freshly Washed Hair

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216 123
baby's hair is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Desertrat89 added baby's hair

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98 18
Forest is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Smells in the World
julian-matthias added Forest

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178 111
Waffle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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98 28
Lavender is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Smells in the World
FinnStratford added Lavender

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163 153
Sautéed Onions is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sautéed Onions

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123 58
Honeysuckle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added Honeysuckle

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189 130
Just Lit Matches is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Just Lit Matches

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51 64
Old Spice is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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237 108
Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Jasmine

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73 26
Wood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Smells in the World
julian-matthias added Wood

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83 52
Gardenia is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Eicart added Gardenia

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71 115
Permanent Markers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Permanent Markers

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150 136
The Way Your Home Smells After... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Way Your Home Smells After You've Been Away

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71 48
Loved Ones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Smells in the World
MikeHouston added Loved Ones

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165 82
Magnolia Trees is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Magnolia Trees

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69 89
Incense is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Smells in the World
jonathan-guerra added Incense

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115 107
Freshly cut hay in the fields is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Desertrat89 added Freshly cut hay in the fields

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111 126
New Paper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Smells in the World
New Paper