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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859 140
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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750 216
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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828 142
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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622 336
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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693 258
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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700 208
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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563 238
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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532 202
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
STLsportsMGH added Barbecue

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612 157
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

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407 177
Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
aurapurify added Rose

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589 111
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

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418 150
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added Apple pie

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566 175
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

14 Celebrities Who Are Heirs

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293 57
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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335 141
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Pizza

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475 247
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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456 234
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

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500 140
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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451 186
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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361 128
Orange is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added Orange

The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

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317 106
Mint is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Mint

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344 196
Basil is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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290 97
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Citrus

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381 248
A New Car is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A New Car

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307 78
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Chocolate

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291 376
Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Gasoline

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323 127
Lilacs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Smells in the World
william-pratt added Lilacs

The Greatest Pizza Delivery Chains In The World

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266 93
Freshly Washed Hair is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Freshly Washed Hair

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223 60
Lavender is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Smells in the World
FinnStratford added Lavender

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281 243
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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435 117
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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319 163
Pumpkin pie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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264 137
Waffle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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198 86
Honeysuckle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added Honeysuckle

The Best Dogs for First-Time Owners

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219 38
Forest is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Forest

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289 183
baby's hair is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Desertrat89 added baby's hair

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269 174
Just Lit Matches is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Just Lit Matches

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107 124
Old Spice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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327 126
Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Jasmine

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212 199
Sautéed Onions is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sautéed Onions

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144 80
Gardenia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Eicart added Gardenia

The Most Over-The-Top Gender Reveals More Dramatic Than Birth Itself

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129 181
Permanent Markers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Permanent Markers

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134 83
Loved Ones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Smells in the World
MikeHouston added Loved Ones

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222 176
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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227 106
Magnolia Trees is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Magnolia Trees

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115 133
Incense is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Smells in the World
jonathan-guerra added Incense

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146 51
Wood is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Wood

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167 167
New Paper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Smells in the World
New Paper

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156 141
Freshly cut hay in the fields is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Desertrat89 added Freshly cut hay in the fields