Soapstone is a metamorphic rock aptly named for its soapy feel due to large amounts of talc in the stone. However, it is also this talc that makes soapstone easier to scratch than granite, quartz, and sometimes marble. Most often, it is oiled or enhanced to darken its color, as well as, help mask minor surface scratches. One of the intriguing things about soapstone is that it is chemically innate; meaning that chemicals do not affect it. Therefore, it has widely been used as countertops in chemistry labs. It is also considered an impenetrable stone; meaning it does not stain. These two factors make it a wonderful product in kitchens.