Stephanie Nelson | 

Bath & Body Works Hand Soap: The Trick to Buying It for Way Less Than $7.95

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Years ago, I found my way to Bath & Body Works hand soaps, but it wasn’t until I learned how to beat that $7.95 price tag that I actually started stocking up. Hint: It helps to know the Bath & Body Work sales calendar, plus our B&BW store hacks.

Here at Krazy Coupon Lady, we sift through dozens of Bath & Body Works deals on a weekly basis, and what we’ve seen tells us there’s never a reason to spend more than $3.95 on Bath & Body Works hand soap. And I’d say aim for under $3 at certain times of year (like their Semi-Annual Sale). I’ll show you how.

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Get Bath & Body Works hand soaps for $2.50 (or less!) during the Semi-Annual Sale.


When is the Bath & Body Works soap sale?

There isn’t one dedicated just to soaps, but the best Bath & Body Works hand soap sale is The Semi-Annual Sale. No contest. This is a clearance event, so it’s not that surprising that it offers the best price on Bath & Body Works hand soaps. During these two times a year (June and December), soaps tend to drop down to just $2.50 each or less. (I’ve seen them for under $2 before.)

Other than the Semi-Annual Sale, and especially during the spring months, expect to see Bath & Body Works hand soaps discounted frequently. Most common sales are markdowns to $3.50 or $3.95 each.

Sign up for Bath & Body Works loyalty program and receive a “$10 off $30” reward.

Someone signing up for Bath & Body Works rewards for a free coupon

The dollar-discount coupons are key, because they’re stackable with the best sales Bath & Body Works offers, like the Semi-Annual Sale. An easy way to get them is through the B&BW rewards program.

When you sign up for this free loyalty program, you’ll automatically score a $10 off $30 purchase coupon.

Plus, you can earn points with every purchase, and when you accumulate 1,000 points you will be able to redeem for a free product (up to $16.50) of your choice. You’ll also get access to member-exclusive special events, products and more, and you’ll receive an annual birthday gift.

Shop the Bath & Body Works Black Friday event for $2.95 hand soaps.

Black Friday is another prime time to stock up on Bath & Body Works hand soaps. In 2023, we saw all soaps discounted to $2.95. No coupons needed!

Want retired scents? Plan to shop

a Bath & Body Works online order in a box on a table

The Bath & Body Works customer service reps I spoke with on the phone told me that stores typically don’t exclude retired soaps from the various sales.

That said, physical stores won’t be carrying retired hand soap fragrances. So, if you want to buy an old favorite, you’ll need to do your soap shopping at

What are the best soaps at Bath & Body Works?

If you're over here wondering which are the best, most highly rated Bath & Body Works hand soaps, we've got the answer. It’s no secret that the gentle-foaming cleanser is the literal best. And when it comes to scents, here’s a quick list of the ones most people love:

Bath & Body Works Hand Soap FAQ


1. What is the cheapest Bath & Body Works hand soap?

All hand soaps — both foaming cleanser and gel — start at $7.95 full price. A few scents sell for $8.95. And that’s why you want to shop during the Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale (and with coupons!). So you can get hand soap for $3 or less.

2. How do I open Bath & Body Works hand soap?

For the foaming hand soaps, look for the notch and turn the head of the pump until you hear a small click. This happens when the notch is lined up to allow the pump to work. It’s tricky because there’s no arrow to line up with the notch.

Even trickier though is the gel soap. Ideally, you twist the top until it pops up, indicating it’s open. But sometimes, it just won’t pop up. In this case, hold the base of the pump in place while you twist counter-clockwise.

If that doesn’t work, exchange your soap! Some of them just won’t open.

3. Is Bath & Body Works hand soap antibacterial?

No. In 2016, the FDA ordered all antibacterials be removed from hand soap. They couldn’t prove antibacterials to be safe, and didn’t believe it added anything to the soap. As long as you wash with warm water for at least 20 seconds, you should be good.

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