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
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2
1,432 228
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

3
1,282 345
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,300 239
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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919 582
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,092 412
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,115 296
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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889 366
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

9
1,000 231
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

10
785 354
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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706 320
Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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12
716 240
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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13
573 121
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World

14
894 263
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

15
898 175
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

16
579 243
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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760 366
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

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564 182
Mint is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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767 199
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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688 372
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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498 160
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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567 207
Orange is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added

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651 284
The Moment Before It Rains is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Moment Before It Rains

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532 124
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

25
505 285
Basil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World