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
Cinnabon Oh, those heavenly ovens.

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253 65
Bath & Body Works is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
Bath & Body Works Cucumbers and vanilla and sweet pea soap, oh my!

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230 53
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.

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229 63
The Pretzel Kiosk is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
The Pretzel Kiosk Doughy, salty goodness.

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199 68
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.

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175 85
Yankee Candle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
Yankee Candle What's that scent? Some call it "the three wick surprise."

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140 89
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.

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115 99
The Mall Fountain is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
The Mall Fountain Mmmm... chlorine!

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112 100
Chick-fil-A is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
Chick-fil-A The original chicken scent.

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Abercrombie & Fitch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
Abercrombie & Fitch AKA: The Unescapable Wall of Cologne

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112 105
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!

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

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

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76 106
KB Toys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
KB Toys Home of a strange mixture of plastic and sweat.

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Claire's is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
Claire's A mix of clinical odors and rhinestones.

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60 103
B. Dalton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
B. Dalton Is there anything that smells better than a new book?

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57 104
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!

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57 105
J. C. Penney is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
J. C. Penny There's nothing like the old lady smell of the makeup counter!

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55 105
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.

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51 105
Regis Salon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
Regis Salon A mysterious mix of hairspray and desperation.

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45 99
The Freshly Waxed Tile Floor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
The Freshly Waxed Tile Floor Ain't nothin' like fresh wax!

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49 107
The Parking Lot is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
The Parking Lot Asphalt in summer: it's what childhood dreams are made of.

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44 105
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.

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41 107
Gap Inc. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Memorable Smells from the Mall
The Gap The grown-up scent of wardrobe basics.