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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878 141
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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766 221
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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840 147
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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631 343
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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706 265
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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714 210
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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572 244
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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534 211
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
STLsportsMGH added Barbecue

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623 159
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

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416 182
Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
aurapurify added Rose

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431 150
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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601 113
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

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575 182
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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303 58
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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340 147
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Pizza

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466 238
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

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481 252
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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510 140
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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460 189
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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371 131
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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328 109
Mint is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Mint

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351 201
Basil is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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297 101
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Citrus

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388 252
A New Car is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A New Car

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316 79
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Chocolate

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298 382
Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Gasoline

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331 130
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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271 97
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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231 62
Lavender is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Smells in the World
FinnStratford added Lavender

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287 248
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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443 119
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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328 165
Pumpkin pie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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270 141
Waffle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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204 89
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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226 41
Forest is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Forest

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296 188
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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273 179
Just Lit Matches is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Just Lit Matches

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335 126
Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Jasmine

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111 130
Old Spice is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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216 203
Sautéed Onions is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sautéed Onions

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149 84
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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134 186
Permanent Markers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Permanent Markers

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230 179
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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137 90
Loved Ones is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Smells in the World
MikeHouston added Loved Ones

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121 137
Incense is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Smells in the World
jonathan-guerra added Incense

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233 108
Magnolia Trees is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Magnolia Trees

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153 54
Wood is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Wood

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171 170
New Paper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Smells in the World
New Paper

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105 17
Cinnamon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Rainbowpitch added Cinnamon