Soapstone is a unique stone which is generally softer than granite and marble. It feels very soft or “soapy” to the touch which is how it got its name. Soapstone is not as commonly used as granite but it had wide uses in countertops and fireplace surrounds. It absorbs, retains and radiates heat because it is a very dense material. Soapstone has a very soft and smooth look and feel and gives the room a very warm feel.