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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487 78
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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400 113
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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497 74
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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385 167
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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423 136
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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410 139
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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326 134
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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327 117
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
STLsportsMGH added Barbecue

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374 98
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

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186 76
Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
aurapurify added Rose

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337 107
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

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299 146
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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239 73
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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168 57
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Pizza

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357 68
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

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303 81
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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255 145
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

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211 116
Basil is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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180 57
Orange is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added Orange

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151 51
Mint is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Mint

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272 112
The Moment Before It Rains is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Moment Before It Rains

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100 18
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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254 147
A New Car is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A New Car

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131 48
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Citrus

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188 154
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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190 71
Lilacs is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Smells in the World
william-pratt added Lilacs

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203 104
Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Jasmine

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128 48
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Chocolate

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120 41
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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154 226
Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Gasoline

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290 82
A Real Christmas Tree is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A Real Christmas Tree

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215 111
Pumpkin pie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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150 145
Sautéed Onions is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sautéed Onions

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69 17
Forest is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Smells in the World
julian-matthias added Forest

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196 111
baby's hair is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Desertrat89 added baby's hair

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73 21
Lavender is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Smells in the World
FinnStratford added Lavender

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40 52
Old Spice is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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101 55
Honeysuckle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added Honeysuckle

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166 100
Waffle is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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59 21
Wood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Smells in the World
julian-matthias added Wood

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73 47
Gardenia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Eicart added Gardenia

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173 122
Just Lit Matches is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Just Lit Matches

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58 81
Incense is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Smells in the World
jonathan-guerra added Incense

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57 98
Permanent Markers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Permanent Markers

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58 37
Loved Ones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Smells in the World
MikeHouston added Loved Ones

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132 128
The Way Your Home Smells After... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Way Your Home Smells After You've Been Away

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147 80
Magnolia Trees is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Magnolia Trees

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44 64
Thyme is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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50 61
Eucalyptus is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Smells in the World
aurapurify added Eucalyptus Oil