Many of us are familar with soapstone tabletops from science class and remember the characteristic “soapy” feel. Soapstone’s primary mineral is talc, which is high in magnesium. This magnesite content, couple with it’s high density, allows it to absorb, store and evenly radiate heat, making it the perfect choice for a fireplace surround (or lab table). Many who choose to use soapstone for their homes will typically elect to deepen the hue with several applications of mineral oil.