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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1,086 169
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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959 261
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,004 175
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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743 417
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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837 315
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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850 246
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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684 290
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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618 254
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
STLsportsMGH added

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742 182
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

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513 229
Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
aurapurify added

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525 183
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added

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708 131
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

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688 210
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

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393 83
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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423 179
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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574 279
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

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406 131
Mint is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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544 298
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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594 162
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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445 156
Orange is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added

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535 221
The Moment Before It Rains is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Moment Before It Rains

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365 117
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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410 228
Basil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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393 93
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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442 295
A New Car is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A New Car

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364 453
Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Gasoline

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306 79
Lavender is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Smells in the World
FinnStratford added

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387 150
Lilacs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Smells in the World
william-pratt added

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324 285
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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507 134
A Real Christmas Tree is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A Real Christmas Tree

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319 135
Freshly Washed Hair is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Freshly Washed Hair

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374 188
Pumpkin pie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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287 49
Forest is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Forest

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246 106
Honeysuckle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added

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305 170
Waffle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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310 202
Just Lit Matches is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Just Lit Matches

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376 138
Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Jasmine

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329 221
baby's hair is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Desertrat89 added baby's hair

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240 230
Sautéed Onions is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sautéed Onions

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174 101
Gardenia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Eicart added

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131 168
Old Spice is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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268 205
The Way Your Home Smells After... is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Way Your Home Smells After You've Been Away

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171 113
Loved Ones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Smells in the World
MikeHouston added

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160 233
Permanent Markers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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205 63
Wood is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Wood

47
149 164
Incense is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Smells in the World
jonathan-guerra added

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146 23
Cinnamon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Rainbowpitch added

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259 122
Magnolia Trees is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Magnolia Trees

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201 183
New Paper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Smells in the World
New Paper