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

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Popcorn 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
STLsportsMGH added Barbecue

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

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

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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

The Most Beautiful Women in the World

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

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

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

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Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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

The Best Sport Utility Vehicles of All Time

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

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Citrus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Citrus

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

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

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

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

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

The Scariest Animals in the World

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

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

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

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A Real Christmas Tree is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A Real Christmas Tree

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

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

The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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

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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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Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Jasmine

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

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

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

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

The Most Delicious Foods in the World

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The Way Your Home Smells After... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Way Your Home Smells After You've Been Away

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

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

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Incense is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Smells in the World
jonathan-guerra added Incense

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

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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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Cinnamon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Rainbowpitch added Cinnamon

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