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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803 129
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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700 200
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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781 128
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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583 313
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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641 241
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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655 195
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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526 220
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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492 197
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
STLsportsMGH added Barbecue

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373 158
Rose is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
aurapurify added Rose

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577 144
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

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556 100
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

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538 159
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

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385 138
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added Apple pie

15 Famous People Who Went to Med School

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260 50
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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426 216
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

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446 235
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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303 132
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Pizza

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419 174
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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465 130
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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333 114
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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285 95
Mint is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Mint

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323 182
Basil is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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265 87
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Citrus

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361 229
A New Car is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A New Car

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273 74
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Chocolate

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265 359
Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Gasoline

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199 35
Forest is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Smells in the World
julian-matthias added Forest

The Greatest Pizza Delivery Chains In The World

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302 114
Lilacs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Smells in the World
william-pratt added Lilacs

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244 80
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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261 232
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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409 112
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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299 157
Pumpkin pie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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190 56
Lavender is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Smells in the World
FinnStratford added Lavender

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248 131
Waffle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Smells in the World

The Best Female Authors of All Time

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179 82
Honeysuckle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added Honeysuckle

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270 172
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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253 165
Just Lit Matches is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Just Lit Matches

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132 46
Wood is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Smells in the World
julian-matthias added Wood

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95 111
Old Spice is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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197 194
Sautéed Onions is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sautéed Onions

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304 123
Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Jasmine

Which Fictional Mean Girl You Are, Based On Your Zodiac Sign

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126 75
Gardenia is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Eicart added Gardenia

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116 167
Permanent Markers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Permanent Markers

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210 168
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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122 76
Loved Ones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Smells in the World
MikeHouston added Loved Ones

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104 125
Incense is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Smells in the World
jonathan-guerra added Incense

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212 102
Magnolia Trees is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Magnolia Trees

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155 159
New Paper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Smells in the World
New Paper

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148 133
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