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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1,098 170
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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969 265
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,016 176
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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750 424
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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842 322
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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859 250
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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697 291
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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629 257
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
STLsportsMGH added

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754 185
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

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523 234
Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
aurapurify added

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537 185
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Mia W (SweetLilMzMia) added

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719 134
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

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696 213
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

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400 87
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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431 183
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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582 284
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

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552 302
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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411 136
Mint is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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452 160
Orange is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added

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600 167
Clothes Fresh Out of the Drier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Clothes Fresh Out of the Drier

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374 119
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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539 228
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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414 233
Basil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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399 97
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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448 300
A New Car is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Smells in the World
A New Car

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371 457
Gasoline is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Gasoline

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311 82
Lavender is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Smells in the World
FinnStratford added

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392 153
Lilacs is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Smells in the World
william-pratt added

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331 287
Garlic is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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516 135
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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381 189
Pumpkin pie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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324 138
Freshly Washed Hair is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added Freshly Washed Hair

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297 50
Forest is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Forest

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253 108
Honeysuckle is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added

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309 174
Waffle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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316 204
Just Lit Matches is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Just Lit Matches

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380 141
Jasmine is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Jasmine

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332 226
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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246 231
Sautéed Onions is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sautéed Onions

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178 104
Gardenia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Eicart added

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135 171
Old Spice is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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271 208
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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173 116
Loved Ones is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Smells in the World
MikeHouston added

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162 237
Permanent Markers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

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210 64
Wood is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Wood

47
155 165
Incense is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Smells in the World
jonathan-guerra added

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151 25
Cinnamon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Rainbowpitch added

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262 125
Magnolia Trees is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Magnolia Trees

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206 185
New Paper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Smells in the World
New Paper