Soapstone is a naturally quarried stone that is dense and non-porous. Harder than marble, slate, limestone or granite, soapstone is impenetrable and will not stain. It has been widely used in chemistry labs and classrooms as it is impervious to heat. In fact, it is the only countertop material on which cooking vessels can safely be set directly from the oven.
Soapstone countertops offer a deep, rich color palette and a very smooth, soft, almost soapy touch because they are composed primarily of quartz and mineral talc. Its soft but dense nature allows for an aging process that makes it become even more beautiful over time.