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
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2
1,504 248
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

3
1,355 367
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,364 255
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,162 433
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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952 622
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

7
1,176 306
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

8
938 386
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

9
1,063 242
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

10
821 376
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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754 339
Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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12
756 255
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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13
621 125
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World

14
936 283
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

15
944 184
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

16
616 252
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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17
811 381
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

18
596 197
Mint is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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809 206
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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533 170
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

21
718 392
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

22
595 217
Orange is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added

23
563 132
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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525 296
Basil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World

25
677 299
The Moment Before It Rains is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Moment Before It Rains