Soapstone is one of the softer countertop options; however, while it is prone to scratching, it is practically impervious to liquids, chemicals, and heat. With proper maintenance, a Soapstone countertop will make a great kitchen work surface. It is typically dark charcoal or dark green in color, and it comes in a variety of unique patterns. Soapstone is non-porous, so it requires no sealing, but some clients prefer to apply a mineral oil to darken the soapstone.