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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1,271 203
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,135 309
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,173 210
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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832 514
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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975 368
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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996 274
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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796 335
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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705 310
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
STLsportsMGH added

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881 210
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

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609 284
Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
aurapurify added

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622 215
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added

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816 155
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

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796 238
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

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484 105
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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503 209
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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669 328
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

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488 154
Mint is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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677 182
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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605 344
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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498 187
Orange is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added

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422 144
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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580 262
The Moment Before It Rains is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Moment Before It Rains

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449 262
Basil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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459 112
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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496 333
A New Car is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A New Car

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434 504
Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Gasoline

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379 106
Lavender is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Smells in the World
FinnStratford added

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441 173
Lilacs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Smells in the World
william-pratt added

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381 150
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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371 320
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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574 149
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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417 213
Pumpkin pie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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352 58
Forest is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Forest

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291 124
Honeysuckle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added

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346 187
Waffle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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352 218
Just Lit Matches is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Just Lit Matches

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361 244
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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410 153
Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Jasmine

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203 116
Gardenia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Eicart added

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161 195
Old Spice is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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267 254
Sautéed Onions is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sautéed Onions

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195 264
Permanent Markers is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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300 225
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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250 71
Wood is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Wood

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200 129
Loved Ones is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Smells in the World
MikeHouston added

47
196 34
Cinnamon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Rainbowpitch added

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184 183
Incense is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Smells in the World
jonathan-guerra added

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237 195
New Paper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Smells in the World
New Paper

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289 131
Magnolia Trees is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Magnolia Trees