Calling all Bath & Body Works shoppers, lovers of fragrance and glitter, hidden candle hoarders and sanitizer junkies. This is the end all, be all — everything you need to know — guide to Bath & Body Works sales, free shipping, coupons, candles, policies and pocketbacs.
If you’re ready to shop, see today’s best Bath and Body Works coupons and deals. And text “BBW” to +1 (208) 266-4466 to get on our Bath & Body Works sale alerts text list.
Plus, check out these in-depth articles on all the major sales!
- Bath & Body Works Candle Day
- Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale
- Bath & Body Works Black Friday
- Bath & Body Works Cyber Monday
- Bath & Body Works Reward Program
- Bath & Body Works Free Shipping
If you’re here for it all, lezgo. Follow me through the gingham gateway. . .
1. Bath & Body Works Sales Calendar 2021
The top three Bath & Body Works Sales are Black Friday (good sale), Candle Day (better sale) and Semi-Annual (best sale). And here is when we expect each will happen this year.
Bath & Body Works Black Friday 2021 will begin on Monday, November 22 in-store and possibly online. The sale will run for 5 days.
Bath & Body Works Candle Day 2021 will begin on Friday, December 3 in-store and online and run an additional 2 days in-store.
Bath & Body Works 2021 Semi-Annual sale will begin on Sunday, December 26 and run both in-store and online for three weeks.
2. Bath & Body Works Black Friday 2021 Sale Overview
We predict Black Friday in 2021 will begin the Monday before Thanksgiving, in-stores and maybe even online. In 2020, the online sale didn’t begin until Thanksgiving Day, three days after the sale launched in stores.
The Black Friday sale is the same every year: buy 3, get 3 free on everything in the store, plus a limited edition tote or box filled with $100+ of products that you can buy for $30. (Also requires $30 qualifying spend, to purchase.)
No matter what time of year it is as you’re reading this, your action item for the Black Friday sale is to get on the Bath & Body Works coupon mailing list now, so you receive physical coupons by November. (Fill out this form online and select topic “mailing address add/update”)
Want more? I have an entire article all about the Bath & Body Works Black Friday Sale.
3. Bath & Body Works Candle Day 2021 Sale Overview
Candle Day is that one day event in December when women lose their minds and overbuy Bath & Body Works 3-wick candles while they’re under $10.
The candle sale happens every December and runs both in-store and online. Last year, for the first time, the in-store portion of the event was extended to 3 days.
For the 2021 sale, candles are predicted to cost $9.95 for the second year in a row. Compare that to our anticipated $11.95 Black Friday price and you see why the candle sale is worth waiting for.
Want all the smells? I wrote the book on Bath & Body Works Candle Day.
4. Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale 2021 Overview
The semi-annual sale at Bath & Body Works is the only sale of the year where you can save 75% off (Black Friday is 50%, Candle Day is 61%).
The summer semi-annual sale happens in mid-June. Next sale is predicted to launch Sunday, June 12, 2022.
The winter semi-annual sale always begins the day after Christmas. Next sale will launch Sunday, December 26, 2021.
Think of the Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual sale like an endless Target clearance end cap. Since BBW doesn’t do a lot of traditional clearance markdowns at the end of every season, we get to rummage through last season’s scents twice a year at a 75% discount. The sale lasts three weeks. During the semi-annual sale, we recommend shopping in-store.
Love a treasure hunt? Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual is your sale.
5. As you shop Bath & Body Works sales, look for these prices
Based on the past 24 months of Bath & Body Works sale data, these are the prices you may want to wait for before you buy. These aren’t the very lowest prices we’ve ever seen, but these prices are low. Expect to only see prices like these 2-3 times per year.
- For 3-wick candles, we stock up at $9.95
- For body lotions, we stock up at $3.25
- For hand soaps, we stock up at $3.00
- For Wallflower refills, we stock up at $2.75
- For Pocketbac sanitizers, we stock up at $1.00
6. Get sale alerts via text from KCL
If you want in on our free Bath & Body Works alerts, text “BBW” to +1 (208) 266-4466 and be the first to know about the hottest deals each day, like reminders of Bath & Body Works sales before they start.
7. Bath & Body Works sales usually feature one item for one day
Bath & Body Works sales almost always focus on one product at a time and last for one day only. The strategy is to drop a price low enough to get you shopping and adding items to cart often, and hoping you’ll buy other full priced items while you’re there. Resist, sisters.
Here is an overview of just one month’s worth of Bath & Body Works sales from August 2021:
- Car refills $2.25, one day only
- Fragrance mists $5.95, one day only
- Aromatherapy, Buy 2, Get 2 Free, one day only
- Single wick candles $6.50, one day only
- Fragrance mists $5.95, one day only
- Single wick candles $6.50, one day only
- 3-wick candles $12.95, one day only (online only)
- 3-wick candles $11.95, three day only (in-store only)
- Pocketbac sanitizers, $1.00 one day only (in-store only)
- Single wick candles $5.95, one day only
- Handsoaps $3.25, one day only
- Men’s body $5.95, one day only
- Aromatherapy $6.50, one day only
One store associate put it this way, “every quarter, all major categories will cycle through a sale period at least twice.”
8. You don’t have to continue to buy in twos on a sale like 2/$20 candles.
See a 2/$20 candle sale and want to stock up? You don’t have to continue to buy in even numbers. You can buy 3 for $30 or 5 for $50. Think of these sales like this: “buy two or more, pay $10 each”.
9. Get a $10 off $30 coupon for joining the free reward program
The Bath & Body Works rewards program is being tested in select areas. If you’re eligible to join, (or if you simply alter your zip code to one from the participating list) you receive a coupon for $10 off a $30 purchase in the Bath & Body Works app.
Reward members earn a free item (retail value up to $16.50) for every $75 spent. Redeem your reward in-store (participating stores only) or online.
And members, make sure you link your in-store purchases to your account so you can earn points! The cash register should automatically link your purchase based on the name on your credit card, but if it doesn’t, there’s a barcode in the wallet of your Bath & Body Works app, or you can ask the cashier to lookup your account with your phone number.
And if you start racking up those free rewards, don’t worry. You can redeem eight per transaction.
10. Get Bath & Body Works coupons in the mail
Getting on the Bath & Body Works mailer list can be a challenge. In fact, it’s the number one complaint we hear from KCL readers who want to shop. It seems that in 2020, there was a change to the mailer coupon process and joining the list since then is notoriously difficult.
The best practices for joining the mailer list are:
- Create an account online and add your physical address. You do not need to make a purchase.
- Fill out this form online. Select topic “mailing address add/update”.
Shoppers also report occasionally receiving “bounce back coupons” with both their in-store and purchases, but my experience has been those coupons have all but dried up since about 2020 pandemic time.
11. Use a coupon on top of Bath & Body Works sales
You can basically always use a coupon on top of a sale at Bath and Body Works.
If soaps are on sale 6/$18 or 6/$20 and you have a coupon for 25% off your entire purchase, you can get both the sale and the coupon discount. The only exception would be if the soap sale isn’t really a sale at all, but a coupon. In other words, if the 6/$18 price is dependent on a coupon, then you won’t be able to stack that 25% coupon on top of it.
Ask at the register for any coupons. Sometimes the associates will have leftovers from other shoppers for you to use.
12. Stack multiple coupons at any Bath & Body Works store
Any coupons you receive in the mail will always stack with one another. Stacking means you can use all three coupons in a single transaction.
Coupons from the mail will not stack with in-store coupon codes like those you may receive from a Bath & Body Works email, or the $10 off $30 for joining My Rewards. Just separate your transactions in order to use them all.
13. Use your coupons before they expire. The 3-day grace period ended in Feb 2020.
Bath & Body Works stores used to have a 3 day grace period that would allow you to use your coupons 3 days before or after the coupons valid dates, but that ended in a directive from the corporate offices in early 2020. There are still stories of some stores accepting expired coupons, so it never hurts to ask, but assume the flexibility is gone.
14. Redeem one coupon code per order at BathandBodyWorks.com
Coupon codes are easy to come by at Bath & Body Works online. And if you have the Bath & Body Works app, all you have to do is click “show available offers” and all applicable coupons will display. Just remember, you can only use one per transaction and without a free shipping code, standard shipping is $5.99, even for large orders. Types of coupon codes you can expect to see include:
- Free shipping codes (usually free over $50+ or free over $75+)
- BOGOs, % off codes (50% off select items)
- Bundled codes (example buy 3, get 3 free+free ship over $75)
- Unique 25-digit coupon code (example $10 off $30 purchase)
15. Bath & Body Works does not offer standard free shipping with minimum order
Far and away, the worst part of shopping this store is the lack of Bath & Body Works free shipping. And while free shipping over $35, $50 or $75 codes will pop in and out, remember that since Bath & Body Works only allows one promo code per order, if you’re using the free ship code, you can’t use another coupon code that may be available at the same time.
Bath & Body Works shipping rate is $5.99 on all orders over $10.
16. My free shipping trick is always selecting in-store pickup
The only free shipping trick from Bath & Body Works is the new in-store pickup option, which launched in Summer 2021 at select locations only. As of the writing of this post, the program is still not available in all stores. To find out if your store is participating, select ‘store pickup’ when shopping online and enter your zip code to find a participating location near you.
17. Bath & Body Works return policy allows you to exchange anything, any time for any reason
Burned a candle then decided you didn’t like it? Used a bubble bath and didn’t like how it made you smell? Hands turned red from a pocketbac sanitizer? Lotion scent was too floral after all? Didn’t use the pumpkin soap in time and now it’s spring? No matter the reason, Bath & Body Works will let you exchange it.
According to official policy, you don’t even need a receipt because Bath & Body Works has a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee — they want you to be happy with your item.
If it’s a full refund you’re after, you’ll need to make the return within 90 days of purchase and any coupons or discounts will be subtracted from your return amount.
PRO TIP: You can even exchange items in the set Black Friday limited edition tote for any scent in the store! Or if you see a sale on only Japanese Cherry Blossom, and you hate that fragrance, buy it all up anyway, knowing you can exchange for other scents at any time.
18. So swap your grody old Wallflower plug-ins for new.
I had my Wallflower plug-ins for about four years before they stopped diffusing the oil.
I brought my burned-out Wallflower plug back to the store and exchanged it for a new one from the basic line and it was so easy. No judgement. No guilt trip.
19. Those returns you’re making (even barely used) end up in the dumpster.
Yeah, that’s me behind my Bath & Body Works store, sneaking to look in the dumpster. And no, i didn’t get in. But lots of folks do. And I might have if the sidewalls weren’t so tall. I was afraid I’d get stuck.
Dumpster diving at Bath & Body Works is a thing and if you don’t believe me just type it into YouTube. Dumpster diving is illegal, but I personally think waste is the worse of the two crimes.
20. Leverage price adjustments to shop major sales early.
Bath & Body Works offers a 14-day price adjustment window. This means if you buy something at one price and return to the store with your receipt when the item is cheaper, you can ask for the sale price and the store will refund you the difference. (If you paid with coupons, you’ll not be able to reapply the coupon to the new sale price.)
Use this tip to shop major sales early for the best selection.
Bath & Body Works won’t price match flash sales or promotions lasting 24 hours or less. But given Candle Day’s extension to 3-days, Black Friday’s early Monday start and Semi-Annual sale’s longstanding multi-week timeline, you can basically shop all of the big Bath & Body Works’ sales early with this strategy.
Keep the official policy handy should you run into any questions in-store.
21. Bath & Body Works won’t price match with their online site.
In fact, sometimes when there’s a Bath & Body Works sale online, that sale price won’t be available in store at all. It’s always good to price compare with the Bath & Body Works app as you shop in-store. If you find a better price online, see if you can buy it and select store pickup.
22. Bath & Body Works outlets are worth the trip.
There are around 90 Bath & Body Works outlet locations in the U.S. The outlet inventory is similar to retail store inventory during Semi-Annual sale. Discontinued scents are sold regularly at outlets, but so are most mainline fragrances.
Some items will sell for the same price as in-store, but generally outlet prices are consistently lower than retail stores. The last time I was able to visit an outlet was February 2021 and there were $10 candles (seasonal fragrances), $7 body care, $3 Wallflowers as well as both a 50% off table and a 75% off table.
23. Learn the secret language of product expiration dates.
Unopened lotions, washes, candles, and such have a three-year shelf life.
Beyond that point, I toss items that contain rice or milk. Of course, it’s up to your own discretion.
How do you know when your item’s three-year life is over?
Like most places, Bath & Body Works prints their manufacturing dates in code, but with a little know-how, you can learn to decipher them.
First, find the date. It’s usually printed directly on the bottle or crimped end of tubes. Sometimes you have to peel price tags away to see it. On candles it may be printed directly on the label.
Once you find the printed number, you only need to look at the first four digits to find the manufacturing date. Look:
- First digit: Year (9 = 2019)
- Next three digits: Day (308 = 308th day of the year)
Take the manufacturing date and add three years to get the approximate expiration date.
24. Buy discounted Bath & Body Works gift cards from Raise.com.
You’ll save an average of 4% when you buy a discounted Bath & Body Works gift card through Raise.com.
Wait until after Christmas to look for a gift card, and you might save even more. This time of year is when many people offload the unwanted cards they got for Christmas. The timing is perfect, because you can turn around and use your discounted gift card during the Semi-Annual Sale.
PRO TIP: If you strike out on a high-value gift card, use Ibotta to check out, and you can save 5%. It’s called Pay with Ibotta, and it’s linked to your debit or credit card.
25. You can use your Victoria’s Secret Angel Card at Bath & Body Works.
Bath & Body Works and Victoria’s Secret are owned by the same company, L Brands.
While you can use your Angel credit card at Bath & Body Works, you don’t earn Angel points. And you can’t use Victoria’s Secret gift cards at Bath & Body Works.
PRO TIP: If you work at Bath & Body Works, you’ll get an employee discount — 20% off for newbies, 30% off for part-timers after two months, and 40% off for full-time employees after two months. Your discount is only good on regular-priced items, and it works at Victoria’s Secret, too.
26. Wrap your own gifts for free in store.
Giving your BFF her favorite Bath & Body Works candle? Grab a free cellophane bag and ribbon to wrap it up before you leave the store. Most stores also have tissue and shredded confetti paper, if you ask for it. And some locations also have plastic shrink wrap. You can bring your own basket, shop for the contents (doesn’t have to be exclusively stuff from Bath & Body Works) and ask the associate to shrink wrap it.
Heck, you could sit in the store and create your own gift sets right after you purchase lotion, candles, body wash, and hand soap for 75% off during the Semi-Annual Sale!
The cellophane bag and ribbon are also available online, but they cost $1.
27. Find retired Bath & Body Works fragrances online.
Missing Cucumber Melon or Almond Blossom? You can still get them and more online!
Bath & Body Works has a little corner of their website dedicated to the oldies but goodies. Just search for Bath & Body Works retired fragrances, and you’ll find the scents you’re craving.
Also, Bath & Body Works frequently brings back retired scents during Semi-Annual sales.
28. Get a job at Bath & Body Works for freebies, not employee discounts
You must be 18 to get a job at Bath & Body Works and the best times to apply are end of August and early September, leading up to the big holiday sales. Bath & Body Works employees get a 30% discount valid on regular merchandise only. You’ve learned by now that a 30% discount is garbage.
But every time there is a new line released, employees each get to choose 1-3 products to try for free. And employees can get free Bath & Body Works samples. There are small little cups called “drams” that employees can use to sample any product and take it home. Some stores allegedly will let shoppers sample products too, but I tried four different Bath & Body Works stores and didn’t have any luck.
29. Download the KCL app to find out about Bath & Body Works sales.
When you download the free Krazy Coupon Lady app, we’ll tell you when to shop Bath & Body Works to get the most bang for your buck.
Inside the app, select Bath & Body Works as one of your favorite stores, and you’ll see all Bath & Body Works deals in your feed.
Plus you can set deal alerts and we’ll send you push notifications only when we see the best of the best deals.
Or, text “BBW” to +1 (208) 266-4466 to get on our Bath & Body Works sale alerts text list, no download required..
30. Now, here’s what your favorite Bath & Body Works scent says about you
Let’s see what your favorite Bath & Body Works fragrance says about you. . .
Hibiscus Paradise: You’re a lot.
Cucumber Melon: You’re in middle school.
You’re the One: You didn’t buy this for yourself.
Dahlia: You’re pushy.
Japanese Cherry Blossom: You’re my mom.
Gingham: You’re basic.
Warm Vanilla Sugar: You’re always cold.
Blueberry Sugar Pancakes: You’re on a diet.
Into the Night: You’re boujee.
Rose: You’re modest.
Champagne Toast: You’re classy.
Eucalyptus Spearmint: You’re a parent.
How’d I do?
31. Finally, find your Bath & Body Works Fragrance Name
This is Spooky Cotton Candy Kiss, signing out. Thanks for making it all the way through. You’re not officially a Bath & Body Works sale expert.
More Must-Read Bath & Body Works Articles:
Your ultimate guide to Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale
Everything you need to know about Bath & Body Works Black Friday
And our favorite sale of the year: Bath & Body Works Candle Day
The easiest way to get a $10 off coupon: Bath & Body Works Rewards