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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1,093 169
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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965 262
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,011 175
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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746 420
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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840 318
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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854 247
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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690 290
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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622 256
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
STLsportsMGH added

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746 183
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

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517 231
Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
aurapurify added

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529 185
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added

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711 133
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

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691 212
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

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397 84
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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427 180
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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577 281
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

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548 299
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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407 135
Mint is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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595 166
Clothes Fresh Out of the Drier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Clothes Fresh Out of the Drier

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446 160
Orange is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added

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536 225
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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368 119
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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412 231
Basil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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397 94
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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445 298
A New Car is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A New Car

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368 455
Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Gasoline

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310 80
Lavender is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Smells in the World
FinnStratford added

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389 152
Lilacs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Smells in the World
william-pratt added

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327 286
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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511 134
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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378 188
Pumpkin pie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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321 137
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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291 49
Forest is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Forest

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249 107
Honeysuckle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added

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307 172
Waffle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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314 202
Just Lit Matches is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Just Lit Matches

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330 223
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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377 140
Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Jasmine

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243 231
Sautéed Onions is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sautéed Onions

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134 169
Old Spice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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175 103
Gardenia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Eicart added

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270 206
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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172 115
Loved Ones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Smells in the World
MikeHouston added

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161 235
Permanent Markers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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208 63
Wood is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Wood

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152 164
Incense is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Smells in the World
jonathan-guerra added

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150 23
Cinnamon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Rainbowpitch added

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260 124
Magnolia Trees is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Magnolia Trees

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204 184
New Paper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Smells in the World
New Paper