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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1,049 163
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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921 254
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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969 171
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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717 405
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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810 304
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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815 243
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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661 282
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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598 245
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
STLsportsMGH added Barbecue

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718 176
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

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493 217
Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
aurapurify added Rose

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502 179
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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683 130
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

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664 206
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

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376 78
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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549 270
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

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403 172
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Pizza

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532 280
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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389 126
Mint is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Mint

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432 148
Orange is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added Orange

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575 157
Clothes Fresh Out of the Drier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Clothes Fresh Out of the Drier

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522 213
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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353 111
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Citrus

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398 220
Basil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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375 92
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Chocolate

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431 284
A New Car is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A New Car

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349 435
Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Gasoline

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288 74
Lavender is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Smells in the World
FinnStratford added Lavender

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373 145
Lilacs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Smells in the World
william-pratt added Lilacs

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315 278
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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494 131
A Real Christmas Tree is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A Real Christmas Tree

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365 183
Pumpkin pie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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308 130
Freshly Washed Hair is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Freshly Washed Hair

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300 163
Waffle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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236 102
Honeysuckle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added Honeysuckle

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272 48
Forest is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Forest

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367 133
Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Jasmine

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322 215
baby's hair is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Desertrat89 added baby's hair

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297 200
Just Lit Matches is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Just Lit Matches

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170 95
Gardenia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Eicart added Gardenia

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128 158
Old Spice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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233 224
Sautéed Onions is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sautéed Onions

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259 197
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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162 108
Loved Ones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Smells in the World
MikeHouston added Loved Ones

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150 221
Permanent Markers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Permanent Markers

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193 59
Wood is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Wood

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143 155
Incense is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Smells in the World
jonathan-guerra added Incense

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137 22
Cinnamon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Rainbowpitch added Cinnamon

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251 120
Magnolia Trees is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Magnolia Trees

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194 181
New Paper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Smells in the World
New Paper