Our Story


Paper Street Soap Co. is a producer of certified organic personal care products based in New Paltz, NY — in the heart of the Hudson Valley and at the base of the Shawangunk Ridge or "The Gunks" — and created by brother and sister team Michael and Jennifer Reid.
It all started with an idea, or rather a few ideas. Several years back, Jennifer concocted an organic bug spray from herbs and essential oils to safely ward off ticks and mosquitoes for her friend's bachelorette camping trip and the spray was a hit; she came out a hero! Everyone was asking how they could get more of the product. This got Michael and Jennifer thinking that there should be effective and healthy options for every necessary personal care product and at a price that everyone can afford.
The two put their heads together — Michael's imagination and pragmatism with Jennifer's organic bug spray formula creation — to realize their vision. Their first product, certified organic bug spray, officially launched on March 1, 2017.

Gunk soul brother, check it out now!

Michael & Jennifer Reid

Michael P. Reid plays the Tyler Durden role — we are what we pretend to be — and works on the business full time, experimenting and expanding. If he's not hiking or clamming, he's writing away; check out some of his poetry and articles. If you would like to reach out, send him a message at michael@thepaperstreetsoap.co.

Jennifer B. Reid is an elementary school science teacher specializing in the integration of science at the elementary school level and hands-on field research. She believes that the only way to teach is for students to radically apply the scientific method in the field (or sea); this is best exemplified by her case study Water Celery: The Hudson River's Biggest Secret. If you would like to reach out — and are not a creep — send her a message at jennifer@thepaperstreetsoap.co.

A special thanks to the following:

Mom & Dad, who gave us life and more (a lot more);

Phil, for the Tyler Durden poster on my wall which I stared at from my bed for years before finally making this a reality;

Dr. Forrest Mitchell and Dr. James Lasswell for their dragonfly photograph and their grace to let us use it on our bug spray;

Greg Jackson, for generously giving his time to his cousins to design and cut all of the wood for the retail display boxes;

and the beautiful (and talented) Kathedy Lopez, for hand-carving — yes, hand-carving! — the tick and mosquito stamps for our first wooden retail display boxes.