Malls The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall  

Jacob Shelton
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List Rules Vote up the scents you most remember smelling during the '90s as you cruised the mall with your pals.

Scientists say smell is the most important sense linked to memory, and it’s not uncommon for scents to unlock long forgotten memories, bringing a tear of nostalgia to your eye. And there's probably nothing that makes you more nostalgic than catching a whiff of our favorite '90s mall smells. Whether it’s the overpowering wall of Abercrombie & Fitch cologne or movie theater popcorn, these are the smells from the mall that make you wish you could turn back time and waste a Saturday hanging out with your friends. Sniff out these memorable smells from the mall and try not to get too misty eyed.

If you’re too young to remember what the mall smelled like, then you’re in for a special treat. Collected on this list you’ll find a bevy of stores and smells that totally encompass the world of a true mallrat. Believe it or not, there was a generation of teenagers who looked forward to carousing through their local mall and munching on kiosk food, totally unsupervised by their parents. The nineties truly were a blissful time to be alive. If you were around for those good old days, check out these memorable scents from the mall and see how many are still secretly floating around inside your nose.

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Cinnabon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
Oh, those heavenly ovens.

2
344 77
Bath & Body Works is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
Cucumbers and vanilla and sweet pea soap, oh my!

3
303 66
Movie Theater Popcorn is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
Movie Theater Popcorn An undead, fake butter smell.

4
296 78
The Pretzel Kiosk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
The Pretzel Kiosk Doughy, salty goodness.

5
272 78
The Food Court is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
The Food Court A true cacophony of fast food smells to delight your olfactory system.

6
236 103
Yankee Candle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
What's that scent? Some call it "the three wick surprise."

7
182 121
Sbarro is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
Sbarro Distinctive and totally 100% for sure definitely Italian.

8
168 150
Abercrombie & Fitch is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
AKA: The Unescapable Wall of Cologne

9
155 136
The Mall Fountain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
The Mall Fountain Mmmm... chlorine!

10
146 132
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
The original chicken scent.

11
144 131
The Christmas Store is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
The Christmas Store Pine and cinnamon isn't just for December anymore!

12
130 120
Panda Express is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
The orange chicken odor sticks to your hair and will be with you all day!

13
116 118
Sweet Factory is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
Sweet Factory You can almost smell the diabetes!

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113 124
Payless is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
Payless Let fake leather dazzle your nose!

15
100 136
KB Toys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
Home of a strange mixture of plastic and sweat.

16
90 128
J. C. Penney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
There's nothing like the old lady smell of the makeup counter!

17
96 138
Claire's is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
A mix of clinical odors and rhinestones.

18
80 133
Arcade Tokens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
Arcade Tokens Metallic and almost like real money!

19
74 129
The Parking Lot is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
The Parking Lot Asphalt in summer: it's what childhood dreams are made of.

20
72 130
Corn Dog 7 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
Corn Dog 7 Let the fry oil waft over you.

21
72 136
B. Dalton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
B. Dalton Is there anything that smells better than a new book?

22
69 133
Regis Salon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
Regis Salon A mysterious mix of hairspray and desperation.

23
61 125
The Freshly Waxed Tile Floor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
The Freshly Waxed Tile Floor Ain't nothin' like fresh wax!

24
61 130
The Mall Massage Chairs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
The Mall Massage Chairs

When faux-leather meets all the local dads waiting for moms to finish up in Sephora.

25
59 133
Gap Inc. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
The grown-up scent of wardrobe basics.