I can't, however, afford to pay full retail price, even for the products I love most (like their sensitive skin care line, which offers less expensive but high-performing products that are cheaper than cosmetic counter Clinique). Luckily, I don't have to, as the products are readily available in a variety of locations where I can use coupons—and the company offers great discounts to boot! Read on to get the "buzz" on saving more on Burt's Bees so you can add to your personal use pile for less:
1. Buy from a gift store
Burt's Bees make great hostess, teacher or girlfriend gifts—which is probably the reason the products are often sold at gift stores like Hallmark. Wait for a sale, or use a Gold Crown coupon for $5 off a $10 purchase (like this one) available multiple times through the year—particularly around holidays—and posted on the KCL site to get a couple of tins of cuticle cream or some hand lotion for about 50 percent off.
2. Consider a gift set
If looking for a gift, a prepackaged set (think bar soap, body oil and skin butter or foot lotion and socks) is not only attractive, but the combination of items is often sold at a cheaper price than if the products were bought individually. So while $20 may seem like a high price, do the math to see if the items in a set equate to a good deal.
3. Buy from a department or beauty store
I love the surprise of finding Burt's Bees at big retailers where I shop anyway. And I know I can also use coupons offered by these large stores to save big. I buy Burt's Bees from Stage Stores (Bealls and Palais Royal) during their spring and fall Beauty Week when they offer a coupon for $10 off a $25 purchase. I can also use Ulta's 20 percent off or $3.50 off a $10 purchase coupons to save on a single item. With ready access to these stores, it may be more cost efficient to buy piece by piece using coupons.
4. Wait until after Christmas
Burt's Bees offers several holiday-themed/package sets in winter. These are often available at big box and drugstores that don't always carry Burt's Bees lines. Last year, I got a quartet of full-size Burt's Bees lip balms for only $2.50 at Walmart on 75-percent clearance. Target stores follow a similar discounting pattern post-holidays, and they usually have a wider selection.
5. Surprise yourself with a grab bag
By far, my favorite way to save on Burt's Bees is through their seasonal grab bag promotion. Each bag has a variety of items that may or may not be exactly like the photograph shown online. Right now, their spring bag is still available for only $15! It contains six total products (four will be full-sized), with a combined retail value of $45. My favorite way to use these is to buy more than one set—at home, I can break them up, repackage and make my own giftable sets.
6. Shop the outlet
The online Burt's Bees outlet contains some fun finds, anywhere from 25–75 percent off retail prices. Here's a sampling of current products available:
- Bee Pampered Spa Set: Retail Price $20, Outlet Price $10
- Trio of Lip Shimmers: Retail Price $10, Outlet Price $3
- Super Shiny Mango Shampoo 10 oz. dented bottle: Retail Price $8, Outlet Price $4
Check the outlet link regularly, as these products change with available stock.
7. Join "The Hive"
Burt's Bees way of keeping consumers "abuzz" of new offerings, sales, and discounts is via their e-mail notification program called "The Hive." Sign-up is free.
8. Use Facebook printable coupons
Log in to Facebook, "like" Burt's Bees, and get access to $6.50 worth of coupons. These would be great for grocery and drugstores, which will sometimes have the products on sale, anyway.