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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1,197 186
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,053 288
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,100 195
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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793 472
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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910 347
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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938 259
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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752 314
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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672 287
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
STLsportsMGH added

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830 195
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

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573 262
Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
aurapurify added

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589 199
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added

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776 147
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

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751 228
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

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447 96
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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468 201
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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627 307
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

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455 144
Mint is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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643 176
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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584 329
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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404 130
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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478 173
Orange is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added

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557 252
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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431 250
Basil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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434 107
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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474 321
A New Car is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A New Car

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402 489
Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Gasoline

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352 94
Lavender is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Smells in the World
FinnStratford added

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425 164
Lilacs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Smells in the World
william-pratt added

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361 144
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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354 308
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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557 141
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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407 202
Pumpkin pie is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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332 54
Forest is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Forest

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278 118
Honeysuckle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added

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335 181
Waffle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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334 213
Just Lit Matches is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Just Lit Matches

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349 233
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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398 146
Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Jasmine

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195 109
Gardenia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Eicart added

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258 245
Sautéed Onions is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sautéed Onions

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150 186
Old Spice is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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287 215
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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191 123
Loved Ones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Smells in the World
MikeHouston added

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180 26
Cinnamon is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Rainbowpitch added

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179 253
Permanent Markers is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

47
231 68
Wood is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Wood

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173 173
Incense is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Smells in the World
jonathan-guerra added

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226 191
New Paper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Smells in the World
New Paper

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279 127
Magnolia Trees is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Magnolia Trees