Soapstone is a metamorphic rock made up of mineral deposits created by nature and quarried from the earth. The main mineral components in soapstone are talc, chlorite, dolomite, and magnesite. Soapstone is typically gray, bluish, or green in color, with light flowing veins or variegations. Its name is derived from its “soapy” feel and softness. It is very resistant to heat, which makes it suitable for kitchen countertops and woodstoves. Soapstone turns to a darker charcoal color with use or when treated with mineral oil. It is perfect for achieving that warm “old-fashioned,” “rustic,” “early-American” look. It’s also versatile enough to be used with very modern designs.