I plan to feature a different store or place each week that is a “Happy Place” for me. It may be a place where I shop for clothes, or shoes, or jewelry, or gifts, or happy items or all of those things.  Hopefully, I will have shopping tips that you don’t know about or maybe you once knew about but have forgotten.

Before I start, I just want to make it clear that I am NOT a Bath & Body Works employee, owner, or affiliate.  I am only a (slightly obsessed) customer for over 20 years.  So the information in this post is from my personal experience and based on my own opinions.

I’m starting with Bath & Body Works because every happy giveaway will feature something from this store (if you don’t know why, you should probably read this).  I buy a lot of different products from Bath & Body Works, including but not limited to: hand soap, lotion, hand sanitizer, body scrub, lip care, candles, cosmetic bags and other random cute items I come across.

Hand soap is definitely the item I purchase most often.  I think I blow through a bottle a week.  I will admit I’m a little bit of a germ-o-phobe.  I probably wash my hands more often than necessary. However, I still don’t know how I go through the soap so stinkin’ fast.  Yesterday, I opened a new bottle of hand soap and I decided to mark it with the date so I can see how long it lasts.  I’ll get back to ya’ll with an update soon (it will probably be empty by Saturday…just kidding, kind of).

My new favorite items that I just discovered a couple of weeks ago are these cute hand lotions.  They are small (only 1 fl oz) and will fit in your purse, backpack, diaper bag, car console, or anywhere else you might stash them.   They contain shea butter, so they make your hands super-soft and smell great.  AND the best part….they have cute names like “Forever Pink,” “I Need a Vacation,” and “You are my Sunshine” which makes them PERFECT items for a themed happy!!!  They even have these nifty holders so you can clip it to a strap on the inside of your purse or bag so you don’t have to dig around to find it.  Check out this one.

PINEAPPLES. How cute is this?!? Actually, it’s wayyyy cuter in person!  My picture doesn’t do the little pineapple charm justice.  Okay I have to stop talking about these…don’t want to give out too many details about upcoming Happy Giveaways!

I’m not a huge fan of gel hand sanitizers in general (I prefer hand wipes), but I like the B&BW ones. They are very small, which makes them great for the kids’ lunch boxes and backpack.  I also like the fun designs like these.

That’s another cool holder to clip it to a strap or zipper.  Kinley currently has one attached to her lunchbox zipper.  It’s a great reminder to sanitize her hands before she eats lunch (did I mention I’m a germ-o-phobe?).

I really like the spray hand sanitizers, too.  They don’t carry these very often, but they currently have it in Jamaica Pineapple Colada (pictured above with the matching hand lotion) and Maui Mango Mai Tai.  They usually put them out for the Semi-Annual Sale (which happens in the summer and shortly after Christmas).

Let’s talk about coupons.  I try to only restock my “inventory” when they run great promos and/or I have a coupon.  This coupon is for $10 off a $30 purchase, plus a free fun size signature body lotion.  They have a similar coupon for 20% off plus a free item (usually a travel-size or sometimes a full-size signature lotion).  I’m sure ya’ll already know this, but if the coupons came in the same set (like pictured above) you can use the $10 off AND the Free item together!

I’m usually one of those people that will not order online unless shipping is FREE. I’m also the sucker that will spend $50 more just to get the free shipping (shhh, don’t tell my husband).  Shipping is usually a flat $5.95 and I sometimes just pay it when I’m busy and can’t make it to the store (especially when it’s a one-day only “flash sale”).  Plus, it allows me to order some of the “online only” hand soap scents like Wild Honeysuckle and Cucumber Melon, two of my favorite summer scents.

If you are like me and get a hundred SALE emails a day, it’s hard to look through them all.  I always look for the one from Bath & Body Works because sometimes (not all the time) it’s a really good deal. Last week, the one-day promo was for $6 Signature items, PLUS free shipping on $25+ orders.  This was a great deal…so I placed an order, of course!

I usually receive one or two 20% off coupons in the box with my online order.  The one I have right now looks like this.

These are usually good in-store or online and don’t expire for several months. This one started in January and doesn’t expire until August.  Once or twice I received a coupon for 20% off PLUS free shipping, but I haven’t seen any like that in a very long time.

I’m not going to share about B&BW lip care just yet.  It is totally one of my faves, but I’m saving this discussion for another day (Hmmm….wonder what that means?).  I’m also skipping candles for today because my favorite ones are fall/winter scents, so we can talk about those later.

I think that’s all for now.  Feel free to leave a comment if you have a tip of your own or if I missed anything or if you just want to say “I L-O-V-E Bath & Body Works, too!” 🙂

I hope you have A Happy Day!