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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870 141
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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762 218
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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836 145
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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630 342
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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711 210
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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569 242
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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533 210
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
STLsportsMGH added Barbecue

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622 158
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

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413 182
Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
aurapurify added Rose

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429 150
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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598 113
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

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574 182
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

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302 58
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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340 145
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Pizza

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480 251
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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463 238
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

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509 140
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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458 189
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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369 131
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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325 109
Mint is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Mint

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350 200
Basil is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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296 100
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Citrus

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386 251
A New Car is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A New Car

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313 79
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Chocolate

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296 381
Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Gasoline

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330 130
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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270 96
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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Garlic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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228 62
Lavender is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Smells in the World
FinnStratford added Lavender

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441 119
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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326 164
Pumpkin pie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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268 140
Waffle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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203 88
Honeysuckle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added Honeysuckle

The Best TV Shows On Amazon Prime

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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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272 177
Just Lit Matches is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Just Lit Matches

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333 126
Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Jasmine

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110 127
Old Spice is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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216 201
Sautéed Onions is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sautéed Onions

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147 83
Gardenia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Eicart added Gardenia

The Best Bakemonogatari Quotes

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133 183
Permanent Markers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Permanent Markers

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228 178
The Way Your Home Smells After... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Way Your Home Smells After You've Been Away

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136 88
Loved Ones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Smells in the World
MikeHouston added Loved Ones

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230 108
Magnolia Trees is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Magnolia Trees

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118 137
Incense is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Smells in the World
jonathan-guerra added Incense

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150 54
Wood is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Wood

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169 170
New Paper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Smells in the World
New Paper

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103 17
Cinnamon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Rainbowpitch added Cinnamon