Murphy and McNeil

Mandate of Heaven Shaving Soap

  • Mandate of Heaven Shaving Soap
  • Mandate of Heaven Shaving Soap
  • Mandate of Heaven Shaving Soap
  • Mandate of Heaven Shaving Soap
  • Mandate of Heaven Shaving Soap
  • Mandate of Heaven Shaving Soap
  • Mandate of Heaven Shaving Soap

Murphy and McNeil

Mandate of Heaven Shaving Soap



The Mandate of Heaven (Tianming) is the divine authority given China's early emperors.  These individuals were seen as being selected by god and given the right to rule on behalf of this divine entity.  Although this right was god given, it could also be taken away.  The Mandate of Heaven decreed that rulers have a moral responsibility to act for the good of the people, or the Mandate could be lost.  In this way, the early Emperors of China were seen as gaining and losing the favor of Heaven with the rise and fall of their Dynasties.  If an Emperor was seen as acting against the good of the people, it was almost as if the people had a divine right (and still obligation) to act to overthrow their leader.  The recognition that the Emperor had both broken the Mandate and lost favor of the people, reinforced that he had lost the favor of Heaven as well.  This cycle defined the rise and fall of Dynasties in early China.

This Shaving Soap by Murphy and McNeil is composed of a mix of high quality oils and ingredients that create a dense, creamy lather for an excellent shave.

Scent Profile:

  • Scent Strength: Light to Medium
  • Top: Mandarin, Basil, Ginger
  • Heart: Nutmeg, Lotus, Incense
  • Base: Violet, Musk, Ambergis


  • Base: Aon (Firm)
  • Stearic Acid, Water, Beef Tallow, Duck Fat, Potassium Hydroxide, Kokum Butter, Castor Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Shea Butter, Vegetable Glycerin, Coconut Milk, Kaolin Clay, Lanolin, Tocopheral, Fragrance, Tussah Silk
  • Size: 5.5oz


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Michał ..
Poland Poland
I recommend this product
Good stuff

I only have a sample of this soap. For me, the scent is light, but it's nice. Aon base is really great. Quality, price, size - it's hard to find something better. And one more thing - customer service is outstanding!!! Bill, you're doing a great job.

Murphy and McNeil Mandate of Heaven Shaving Soap Review
Leo M.
I recommend this product
Five Stars!!!

M&M became my favorite soap base!!! You have to experience this soap yourself to be the real judge :) but I advice you to at least try a sample :) Thumbs up for Bill!!! great customer service!!! This review ids probably not a great help lol - but great lather, great slickness and a really good post shave!!!

I recommend this product
First acquaintance...

This is my first product from Murphy and McNeil. What can I say?.. C'est formidable! Excellent, high-quality product with excellent properties. I will definitely try other products. I'd like a little stronger flavor. Thank you for your talent!

Curtis G.
I recommend this product

Mandate of Heaven shave soap is Mandarin, Basil, Ginger, Numeg, Lotus, Incense, Violet, Musk, and Ambergis scent. This soap is extremely soft, in my opinion, I would call it a thick cream. It takes a great deal of water. However, I would not recommend blooming this soap, but rather just adding a little bit of water at a time to find that sweet spot. The soap also a very good post shave and very nice slickness as well.

I recommend this product
A Great find to make the wife happy

A lot of guys have to make concessions to appease their better halves. This soap was no different for me. The scent is light on this one and the wife does approve of this one for sure. Yes, I only have a sample of it, but that will be rectified soon enough. The wife was happy that for a change this scent was not a deep or dark scent. It is light and classy for sure. If you have read any of the other reviews you will it see it repeated time and time again at how good the performance is, low structure, slick, and the post shave face feel is where this soap excels many other elite soaps on the market. With this sample Murphy & McNeil secured a constant return customer. This artisan provides outstanding customer service and free shipping with a top notch product. I am anxious to see what is on the horizon.