Bath & Body Works Return Policy: Is It Really As Good As It Sounds?

Updated December 29, 2021 by Kyle
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My wife and I were at our local Bath & Body Works over the weekend, buying some Christmas gifts for our daughters, when I read the posted sign talking about their return policy. Let’s just say it REALLY got my attention. Turns out the Bath & Body Works return policy is pretty amazing and actually sounds too good to be true, so I figured I better look into it. Here’s what I discovered, I hope this information helps you with your next return.

Bath & Body Works Return Policy: Is It Really As Good As It Sounds?

How Many Return Days Does Bath & Body Works Give Me?

90 days.

If you want a refund back to your original form of payment you’ll need to bring the item back, with your receipt, within 90 days of purchase.

What Happens After 90 Days?

You can still return the item(s) but you’ll have to settle for store credit or an even exchange.

Since Bath & Body Works has no idea what you originally paid, you’ll get the lowest selling price of the item when you opt for store credit.

See Also: 11 Brilliant Ways to Save Money at Bath & Body Works

What If I Lost My Receipt?

Not a big deal unless you were really hoping for a refund back to your credit card.

If you lose your receipt you can still get store credit or an exchange.

The amazing part about the Bath & Body Works return policy is that there is NO timeline for making “receipt-less returns”.

You can make a return 5 years after your purchase date and they’ll STILL take the item back for store credit, even without a receipt.

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What If I Used Most of the Product?

Amazingly, they will still let you return a product that has been opened and used, even if it’s almost gone.

I hit up a Bath & Body employee and asked if this was actually true and she told me it ABSOLUTELY was.

She also added that she hopes people DON’T abuse this generous policy as it will inevitably be dialed back if they do.

And then asked her if she’s ever had someone return something that was pretty much empty and she said “Yes, once or twice but not very often.”

Is There Anything That Can’t Be Returned?

Amazingly, NO.

They want you to “love it” so you can return anything, anytime, for ANY reason.

The one thing you probably can’t return is EMPTY bottles or completely used candles.

I verified this with a chat rep from Bath & Body and was told “Returns can be denied if you try to return an empty bottle or candle jar.”

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Are My Bath & Body Returns Being Tracked?

Probably.

While they won’t necessarily admit it, you can almost guarantee Bath & Body Works is tracking your returns.

I’m guessing if you abuse their liberal policy they can refuse your return at some point.

Can My Return Ever Be Denied?

Yes…I think so.

From talking to an employee, I was told that “return policy abuse” cases are left up to individual store managers.

Bottom-line…don’t abuse their policy as it could easily end up going away for all of us.

Can I Return Online Purchases In-Store?

Yes.

Just bring your online purchase back to ANY Bath & Body Works location and get a refund.

You can use your online invoice or confirmation email as your “proof of purchase” receipt.

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How About Returning In-Store Purchases Via the Mail?

No.

In-store purchases can ONLY be returned to a Bath & Body store and not via the mail.

How Long Does It Take For My Return to be Processed?

When a return is refunded back to your original form of payment it takes 3-5 business days on average.

If a gift card is issued instead, it’s essentially an instant return.

Ask the Reader: What’s been your experience with the Bath & Body Works return process? Good, bad, or simply amazing?


By Kyle James

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ThisDesertLife

I’ve had a mixed bag with BBW’s “liberal” return policy. In both instances the products in question were 100% unused, had been given to me as gifts and were scents I knew I didn’t care for. On occasion #1 I had the gift reciept but the lady behind the counter told me that I could only get the discounted amount back in store credit as the scents were “holiday smells”. Though it had been only 13 days since the items were purchased AND I had a reciept, I was given around $12 for $35.96 worth of purchased product.
On occasion 2 they were quite generous. I tripped and fell directly outside the store and broke open several bottles of soap, lotion and a candle. They let me exchange all my broken items for new ones, no questions asked or attitude given.

Dahlia

You’re a saint for accepting the $12. Call me a Karen, but I would have physically fought the store manager right there.

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