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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621 99
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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532 143
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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623 86
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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455 234
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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513 172
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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499 162
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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402 168
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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386 149
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
STLsportsMGH added Barbecue

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455 110
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

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262 98
Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
aurapurify added Rose

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437 78
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

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290 97
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added Apple pie

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420 124
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

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365 176
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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220 84
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Pizza

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372 95
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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320 173
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

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330 135
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 73
Orange is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added Orange

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262 139
Basil is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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157 31
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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294 183
A New Car is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A New Car

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207 67
Mint is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Mint

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184 61
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Citrus

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206 275
Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Gasoline

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245 80
Lilacs is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Smells in the World
william-pratt added Lilacs

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215 190
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Smells in the World

The Greatest Pizza Delivery Chains In The World

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180 60
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Chocolate

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343 94
A Real Christmas Tree is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A Real Christmas Tree

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166 56
Freshly Washed Hair is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Freshly Washed Hair

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242 131
Pumpkin pie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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120 21
Forest is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Smells in the World
julian-matthias added Forest

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229 130
baby's hair is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Desertrat89 added baby's hair

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191 116
Waffle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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117 34
Lavender is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Smells in the World
FinnStratford added Lavender

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139 60
Honeysuckle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added Honeysuckle

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208 136
Just Lit Matches is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Just Lit Matches

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172 163
Sautéed Onions is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sautéed Onions

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59 74
Old Spice is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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92 28
Wood is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Smells in the World
julian-matthias added Wood

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255 112
Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Jasmine

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99 56
Gardenia is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Eicart added Gardenia

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81 127
Permanent Markers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Permanent Markers

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167 143
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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83 51
Loved Ones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Smells in the World
MikeHouston added Loved Ones

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81 96
Incense is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Smells in the World
jonathan-guerra added Incense

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179 86
Magnolia Trees is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Magnolia Trees

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121 115
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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122 135
New Paper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Smells in the World
New Paper