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The Best Smells in the World 

Jacob Shelton
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Updated April 3, 2020 118.6k votes 8.3k voters 120.1k views 88 items

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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Cookie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cookies Fresh from the Oven
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After it Rains is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Desertrat89 added After it Rains
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Bread is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze
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Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood
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Coffee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air
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Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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Mint is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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Pizza is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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Old Books is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books
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Citrus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added
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Lavender is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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Lilacs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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Clothes Fresh Out of the... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Clothes Fresh Out of the Drier
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Rose is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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The Moment Before It Rai... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Smells in the World
The Moment Before It Rains
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Orange is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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Cinnamon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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