The World’s Best and Worst Smells

worst smells in the world

What Are Your Favorite Smells?

Smells are all around us. Love them or hate them, smells are connected to just about everything we do and everywhere we go. But some smells are more than just a passing fragrance; they’re connected to the things we love and the memories we cherish. As it turns out, the world has a soft spot for these iconic smells. Take a look at our list of the most popular smells in the world and a list of the worst.

Counting Down the Best Smells

Freshly Baked Goods

There’s nothing like slaving away in the kitchen only to see all your hard work turn into a beautiful, freshly baked cake, cookies or a loaf of bread. Mixing flour, sugar, and melted butter together can create all kinds of tempting aromas.

A Pine Tree for Christmas

Do you remember celebrating Christmas as a child? Think back to when your parents would carry in a giant pine tree wrapped in a web of twine. As messy as those pine needles can be, they make up for it by emitting a refreshing, crisp scent that you won’t soon forget.

The Ocean

Would the ocean be as popular without the sweet smell of salt, fish, and sunscreen? Probably, but these juicy smells only enhance the experience. It’s no wonder that some people refuse to shower long after they return home from the beach. The smell of saltwater is just too soothing to wash away.

A Freshly Cut Lawn

Oh, the joys of being a homeowner. People love the weekends because it’s that special time of the week when they get to spend some one-on-one time with Mother Nature. If only grass smelled this good all the time.

A Log Fire

Maybe it’s the dark, ominous woods. Maybe it’s the chirping of insects. Or maybe it’s the smell of a real log fire. Mankind has been enjoying this signature scent since the Prehistoric Ages. Who knew that setting things on fire could smell so good?

Everyone’s Least Favorite Smells

Blue Cheese

While some think that this savory cheese is delicious, others wouldn’t touch it with a nine-and-a-half-foot pole.

Rotting Milk

Anything that’s rotting is bound to cause trouble, but rotting milk is considered the worst of the worst.


As soon as the fish dies, things quickly go from bad to worse.


Seriously, dude. Take a shower!


Few smells are as potent as the almighty bleach. If you need to whiten something, just remember that less is more.

If you want to keep bad smells out of your home and refrigerator, try using Smell Proof. These powerful plastic bags will prevent even the nastiest of smells from seeping into the air.

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