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
1,429 228
Cookie is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Smells in the World

3
1,281 344
Vanilla is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,298 238
Bread is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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918 581
Bacon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,091 411
Coffee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Smells in the World

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1,114 295
Cinnamon roll is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Smells in the World

8
888 366
Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Smells in the World

9
1,000 230
Sea Breeze is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Sea Breeze

10
784 354
Barbecue is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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706 319
Rose is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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715 240
Apple pie is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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13
572 121
Chocolate chip cookie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Smells in the World

14
893 263
Burning Wood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Burning Wood

15
897 175
Cold Mountain Air is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Cold Mountain Air

16
578 243
Pizza is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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760 365
Old Books is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Old Books

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563 182
Mint is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Smells in the World
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766 199
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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687 372
Freshly Mowed Grass is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Freshly Mowed Grass

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497 160
Citrus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

22
566 207
Orange is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Smells in the World
Day Sleeper added

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650 284
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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531 124
Chocolate is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Smells in the World
ChloeFletcher added

25
504 285
Basil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Smells in the World