Soapstone is a metamorphic rock that is composed primarily of talc, with varying amounts of chlorite, micas, amphiboles, carbonates, and other minerals. Because it is composed primarily of talc it is usually very soft. Soapstone is typically gray, bluish, green, or brown in color, often variegated. Commonly used for its durability and resistance to chemcials and liquids, soapstone is a leading choice for medical and chemistry work tops and a great choice for countertops. It is also non-porous so there is no need to seal it. Many prefer the look of soapstone to be darker so apply mineral oil to achieve an instant patina (that will happen naturally over time). Because it is soft, it is also likely to get scratches and dings over the years. These can be buffed out with regular maintenance.