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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728 117
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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632 177
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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717 113
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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526 286
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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591 213
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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593 182
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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469 206
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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453 179
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
STLsportsMGH added Barbecue

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342 128
Rose is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
aurapurify added Rose

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532 133
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

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499 145
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

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511 95
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

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349 127
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added Apple pie

The Most Beautiful Women in the World

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417 214
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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271 118
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Pizza

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383 203
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

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217 45
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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387 162
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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430 120
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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297 99
Orange is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added Orange

The Best Hotel Booking Websites

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260 83
Mint is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Mint

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297 168
Basil is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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239 76
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Citrus

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336 212
A New Car is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A New Car

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241 67
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Chocolate

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242 332
Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Gasoline

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280 102
Lilacs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Smells in the World
william-pratt added Lilacs

The Scariest Animals in the World

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166 28
Forest is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Smells in the World
julian-matthias added Forest

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216 75
Freshly Washed Hair is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Freshly Washed Hair

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242 220
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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384 107
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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277 149
Pumpkin pie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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162 47
Lavender is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Smells in the World
FinnStratford added Lavender

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224 126
Waffle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Smells in the World

The Scariest Clown Movies in Film History

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166 70
Honeysuckle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added Honeysuckle

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237 152
Just Lit Matches is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Just Lit Matches

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252 159
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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81 96
Old Spice is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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116 40
Wood is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Smells in the World
julian-matthias added Wood

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290 117
Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Jasmine

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121 67
Gardenia is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Eicart added Gardenia

The Most Delicious Foods in the World

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182 188
Sautéed Onions is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sautéed Onions

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103 155
Permanent Markers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Permanent Markers

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108 67
Loved Ones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Smells in the World
MikeHouston added Loved Ones

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196 162
The Way Your Home Smells After... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Way Your Home Smells After You've Been Away

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204 96
Magnolia Trees is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Magnolia Trees

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96 116
Incense is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Smells in the World
jonathan-guerra added Incense

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145 153
New Paper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Smells in the World
New Paper

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140 128
Freshly cut hay in the fields is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Desertrat89 added Freshly cut hay in the fields