Common Scents

Scent preference is very personal. It is related to specific memories and associations – both good and bad – which explains why some smells usually perceived as pleasant may cause a violent reaction in certain individuals.

Best Smells

The following smells have been named the top 10 feel-good aromas.


  1. Freshly baked bread
  2. Cooking bacon
  3. Freshly cut grass
  4. Coffee beans
  5. Cake baking in the oven
  6. The seaside
  7. Freshly laundered clothes
  8. A Sunday roast
  9. Fish and chips
  10. Fresh flowers

Worst Smells

At the other end of the scale, here are the top 10 worst smells:


  1. Bins
  2. Drains
  3. Body odour
  4. Sewage
  5. Vomit
  6. Rotten milk
  7. Rotting food
  8. Public toilets
  9. Nappies
  10. Old trainers