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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574 93
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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481 133
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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572 84
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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418 217
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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469 164
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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460 155
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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367 155
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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358 137
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
STLsportsMGH added Barbecue

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425 104
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

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231 89
Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
aurapurify added Rose

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405 75
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

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384 117
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

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262 91
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added Apple pie

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335 166
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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198 73
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Pizza

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341 91
Clothes Fresh Out of the Drier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Clothes Fresh Out of the Drier

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292 161
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

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301 126
The Moment Before It Rains is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Moment Before It Rains

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243 130
Basil is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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214 66
Orange is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added Orange

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275 167
A New Car is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A New Car

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133 25
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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182 63
Mint is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Mint

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159 57
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Citrus

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183 253
Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Gasoline

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222 75
Lilacs is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Smells in the World
william-pratt added Lilacs

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204 175
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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320 90
A Real Christmas Tree is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A Real Christmas Tree

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230 123
Pumpkin pie is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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151 56
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Chocolate

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139 54
Freshly Washed Hair is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Freshly Washed Hair

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214 122
baby's hair is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Desertrat89 added baby's hair

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95 18
Forest is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Smells in the World
julian-matthias added Forest

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177 109
Waffle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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97 27
Lavender is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Smells in the World
FinnStratford added Lavender

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188 129
Just Lit Matches is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Just Lit Matches

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162 153
Sautéed Onions is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sautéed Onions

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121 58
Honeysuckle is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added Honeysuckle

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50 63
Old Spice is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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234 108
Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Jasmine

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72 26
Wood is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Smells in the World
julian-matthias added Wood

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70 112
Permanent Markers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Permanent Markers

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80 52
Gardenia is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Eicart added Gardenia

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149 136
The Way Your Home Smells After... is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Way Your Home Smells After You've Been Away

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69 47
Loved Ones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Smells in the World
MikeHouston added Loved Ones

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69 87
Incense is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Smells in the World
jonathan-guerra added Incense

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162 82
Magnolia Trees is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Magnolia Trees

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114 107
Freshly cut hay in the fields is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Desertrat89 added Freshly cut hay in the fields

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111 124
New Paper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Smells in the World
New Paper