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
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2
1,423 227
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

3
1,274 344
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,294 237
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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916 578
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,085 411
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,109 295
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

8
885 364
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

9
995 230
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

10
781 352
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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702 319
Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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12
711 239
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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13
569 121
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World

14
888 263
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

15
894 175
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

16
575 242
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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17
757 364
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

18
559 182
Mint is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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19
763 199
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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685 372
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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494 160
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

22
563 207
Orange is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added

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647 284
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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529 124
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

25
503 285
Basil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World