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The Best Smells in the World

Updated June 11, 2020 153.3k votes 10.1k voters 144.6k views74 items

List RulesVote 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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  • Old Books26
    2,572
    1,155

    Old Books

  • Honeysuckle27
    1,124
    437
  • Rose28
    2,067
    901
  • Barbecue29
    2,036
    1,010
  • Coconut30
    1,037
    409
  • Jasmine31
    1,214
    437

    Jasmine

  • Freshly Washed Hair32
    1,400
    544

    Freshly Washed Hair

  • Mango33
    980
    350
  • Pumpkin pie34
    1,073
    609
  • 35
    434
    118

    the beach

  • Fresh Waffle Cones36
    1,022
    495

    Fresh Waffle Cones

  • Fresh Basil37
    1,386
    802
  • Bacon Frying38
    2,182
    1,497
  • Magnolia Trees39
    831
    340

    Magnolia Trees

  • Gardenia40
    766
    384
  • Freshly Mowed Grass41
    1,702
    879

    Freshly Mowed Grass

  • A New Car42
    1,356
    926

    A New Car

  • 43
    474
    283

    Lemon Tarts

  • Just Lit Matches44
    1,029
    611

    Just Lit Matches

  • Sautéed Garlic45
    962
    850
  • Black tea46
    419
    354
  • New Paper47
    751
    566

    New Paper

  • The Way Your Home Smells After You've Been Away48
    1,017
    554

    The Way Your Home Smells After You've Been Away

  • Loved Ones49
    919
    471
  • 50
    554
    284

    Grandma's house (a warm, coming home sort of smell)

    The house is comfortably warm and it's like you can smell the warmth. Can be mixed with other smells like; a smell of what's cooking for dinner and coffee, etc.