June 7, 2021

We’re All Banned from Buying Bath & Body Works Candles and Hand Soap At The Semi-Annual Sale Don’t Say I Didn’t Warn You

Ok, we’re a week away from the Bath & Body Works Summer 2021 Semi-Annual Sale and we need to work on some ground rules before it begins.

Number 1: We are all banned from candle purchases until Fall 2021!

Think about it…!

You have a lot of candles! I know you do. You’re all proud Basic B1tches like me which means you all adore Fall and everything needs to smell like Pumpkin Spice everything in your house when the cooler weather sets in. You can save your pennies now for some Fall Candle action or you can spend it at the Semi-Annual Sale when the deals probably won’t be all that great anyway. I’m leaving the choice up to you here but I think you should put yourself on a solid candle ban during the sale. I know you’ll do the responsible thing….! And I’ll be waiting in the wings to pat you on the back, give you a dorky thumbs up, and congratulate you on just saying no to that 80% off candle.

Number 2: Do we really need more hand soap?

Remember last year when everyone and their mother was telling you to WASH YOUR HANDS! I mean, Andrew (our governor) was quite fond of telling us this, Doctor Fauci reminded us daily, and there were signs and posters demanding you WASH YOUR HANDS everywhere! Facts and real talk here but they haven’t met all of us have they? We are the girls and guys that have bottles of hand soap in our beauty closets that will last us until the next century. We stock pile it for the day the dead walk the Earth. Also, was no one washing their hands before the pandemic? I’m amazed people don’t have 1800 bottles of hand soap in their closet…Is that only us? Naa can’t be! I remember my mom being all panicky about not having enough hand soap and how it was disappearing off shelves. I was all, “Mom, I got you!” and I left like 200 bottles of Bath & Body Works Hand Soap on her porch.

So, we don’t need anymore hand soap. I think it’s safe to say we can skip that too right?

The moral of the story please shop with your head and not your heart!

Good Luck!


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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Natalie

    Good advice. I’m skipping the SAS and am waiting till fall candles and soaps to get any. I don’t like burning candles in the hot months anyway and I like fall scents much better (I’m basic too evidently). I’ve burned my way down to no candles presently and a I don’t care…it feels good to start over.

    • Isabella Muse

      likewise! I rarely burn candles in the warm weather! I love them as well if that makes us basic so be it haha! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think that’s wonderful! I hope to get there!

  • FrugalCat

    LOL! I just went to BBW last week and got 4 bottles of Foaming Hand Soap in Boardwalk Vanilla Cone!

    • Isabella Muse

      you’re on the ban list! Just wrote your name down. lol!

  • Kelly

    I’ll probably skip the SAS. I don’t really like any of the summer scents. I’m a hardcore gourmand lover, so the summer line up doesn’t do it for me. I already grabbed a few of ice cream bar, to add to my Smoag like candle hoard, so I’m good until fall.

    • Isabella Muse

      Likewise! There’s a few gourmands you might want to peek! Firecracker Pop and Berry Cone. Those might tempt ya (body care).

  • Dee

    I burn candles even in the summer, but I have enough to get me through till fall. I thought I had way too many until you posted about the candle lover lady and realize I really don’t! Or her stash made me feel that way. But I won’t buy during this sale. Used to just LOVE it but just don’t anymore. And fall is my thing anyway!

  • Ashe

    BBW hand soaps always go on sale! And they can sometimes be as much as a hand soap you’d get anywhere so I too have a stockpile. I had to stack them horizontally once! Long story short (too late) I will skip the hand soap too.

    • Isabella Muse

      I’m very proud of you Ashe! I’ve added your name to the good girl’s who don’t buy hand soaps list! Haha!

  • kimkats

    I have more than enough hand soap and candles to last me til the Fall sale of 2023!! But I always used to check the hand soap scents for fall but since they stopped making the scrubby hand soap, I have lost interest. I have pretty much lost interest in BBW altogether, to be honest. not sure I’ve ever bought a candle from them, or if I did it was so long ago I don’t remember,.which means I wasn’t impressed with them.
    Sigh – gotta find someone else who makes scrubby hand soap. Other than Lava, I mean.

  • Lydia

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!.Hey MUSE!!!! I don’t have to worry about that either!!!!!…Right now, my uncle and I have been “stanning” the Aromatique website waiting for them…and HOPING they bring back their Gingerbread Brulee cube candle…Musie, you’ve got to smell it to believe it!!!!!!!!!!!!!((

    • Isabella Muse

      OOOOO I’m going to look and see what they have! You’re a bad influence! ;-D

  • Marti

    OMG, you cracked me up, this post was so hilarious I couldn’t stop laughing…You’ll need to start writing comedy!

    • Isabella Muse

      LOL thanks I’m really not funny enough for comedy ๐Ÿ™‚ hehe!

  • Jane

    I actually cannot find a soap I like! So we skate on a knife edge of not having enough, and we indeed had to move to bar soap for a while during the pandemic. Don’t kick me off your page – I don’t like Bath and Body Works products very much. My life dream would be to have a hand soap company. I have all sorts of scents planned.

    • Isabella Muse

      LOL Let’s start one together! It’s ok, I’d never kick you off ๐Ÿ˜€ I love you too much!

  • Audra

    I just bought 5 new summer scent foaming hand soaps last week to add to my 20 other bottles in the closet. I am good until at least the end of 2022. I don’t buy their candles anymore…I am a Scentsy girl now.

    • Isabella Muse

      Wahooo! are scentsy strong? I’ve always wanted to try but was expecting weak scents!

      • Audra

        Many are strong and last a long time. I think they are better than B&BW. I love their bakery and fruit scents. I just recently switched to their fan warmers that you use pods on and then you have control of having scent instantly and for however long you like, without waiting for wax to melt. I was using Pina Colada in the bathroom the other day and my husband came home from work and said he could smell it across our entire 1200sq ft apt.

        • Isabella Muse

          I’m going to look up those pods!!!!!!!!! thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kel b.

    well i will listen to your advice, not sure i will take it LOL! btw i stopped by an actual store yesterday just to smell the bonfire fragrance. i think this is the first time we have disagreed on a scent but i did not like it. something about it gives me a headache, like thierry mugler’s angel. anyhoo, the funny thing is it i only rubbed a little of the lotion on my hands and it lasted ALL day. i smelled it when i went to bed that night. they need to make all their fragrances this strong!

    • Isabella Muse

      LOL! you can do it! -D Oh no sorry to hear it my dear!

  • Brandy

    I’ve never been a huge bath and body works fan for some reason. I think their body products are too strongly scented and the soaps dry out my sensitive skin. Believe it or not I’ve actually never purchased their candles either. I did discover Kohl’s Sonoma brand candles this summer and got them on sale plus a coupon so they were $8/candle. I got a lot of fruity scents that are perfect for the summer, and they smell pretty strong. I’d recommend them for people who want to try something different than B&BW.

    • Isabella Muse

      Also, Kohl’s sells homeworx candles and those are incredible ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Brandy

        I’ll have to try those out after I burn through all my summer candles. I used to be a huge Yankee candle fan, but I was disappointed in the last batch I bought. The candles had barely any throw unless you put your face right over them. I’ve been desperately looking for new brands to try.

        • Isabella Muse

          I KNOW! last haul was easter and all of them were meh! ๐Ÿ™

  • kellly

    Your photos and captions on this were hilarious. Totally loving it!
    And thank you for the heads-up on the B&BW sale next week. I was thinking of going to check them out this afternoon but now I’ll wait for the sale!

    • Isabella Muse

      LOL ;-D The meme isn’t mine it was something that popped up on reddit but glad you found it funny ๐Ÿ˜€