Los Angeles Shops

Establishment neighborhood
The Well Refill
120 S Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga Canyon
Not only is this the prettiest low-waste refill store we’ve ever seen; it’s decidedly low-key. Tucked in Pine Tree Circle in Topanga, the Well is an easy trip from Malibu, the Westside, or the Valley. You’re bound to be one of just a couple (if that) of patrons in the store, making it an incredible place to pick up goods for keeping a clean home. The shop carries natural brands in bulk, so you can bring your own containers (it sells gorgeous options to get you started as well) and refill your body care, laundry soap, and household cleaners. To minimize points of contact during the pandemic, staff does the refilling rather than customers. Also on offer are a collection of vintage housewares and clothing, carefully selected and beautifully curated, plus plenty of storage options and home goods for transitioning to a low-waste lifestyle. Pro tip: Have random glass jars hanging around? Drop them off and rest easy knowing they’ll be repurposed.
Sisterwife (Closed)
4157 Verdugo Road, Eagle Rock
Bright, airy, wildly chic, and nestled among a crop of other female-owned businesses in Verdugo Village, Sisterwife offers selection of current and vintage pieces from Lanvin, Comme des Garçons and Chanel. Owner Jessica Langer—a vintage styling and high-end consignment veteran who spent a decade at Melrose Avenue’s Decades—stocks the shop with one-of-a-kind looks that range from minimalist to iconic (we fell in love with a ’90s-era Versace tank dress, an olive-green Kenzo coat, and a sequined Bill Blass gown when we visited last). Beyond the epic inventory (which is updated constantly), what’s great about Sisterwife is Langer’s personal belief that cherishing one-of-a-kind items and celebrating beautiful clothing breeds strong friendships, risk-taking, and community: It’s just true. Photos by Stephanie Pia.
2601 17th St., Santa Monica
Recontained is here to help wash away your single-use plastic guilt, one refillable amber jug of lavender laundry soap at a time. Step into this zero-waste Abbott Kinney gem, lined with shelves of household goods and beauty products in gleaming glass jugs, and you wonder how you ever let a plastic spray bottle live under your sink. Visit for refills of everything from all-purpose kitchen cleaner to pet shampoo (bring your own containers or choose from a gorgeous selection), plus everyday tools to help reduce your daily consumption: reusable beauty pads and beeswax wraps, bamboo straws, cleaning brushes, reusable vessels galore. Plus, there’s an aromatherapy bar for adding essential oils to your product refills. With everything from vintage jewelry to handblown, one-of-a-kind glass bowls, this is also the place to go for a gift that won’t clutter the earth (or anyone’s home). The female founders behind Recontained—a pair of fashion industry vets—are continuously improving, making it easier and easier to transition to a low-waste lifestyle with products that smell and look fantastic. The shop also hosts in-store events for the eco-conscious, from candle refilling to Japanese denim mending.