Each classic soapstone variety—and even each slab within varieties—displays differences in veining, color, and hardness. Some soapstone varieties, like Ipanema Reserve Soapstone™, show off hints of green, while others, like Anastacia Soapstone, start gray and turn darker and display distinct veining after oiling. Though tints and veining differ from slab to slab, these classic soapstone varieties are durable, stain-proof, and offer the same heat resistance and antibacterial properties, making soapstone a preferred material for kitchen countertops.
Classic Soapstone Varieties Available
Bring the beauty of soapstone to your home renovation project, from kitchen and bathroom countertops to flooring or fireplace surrounds. Explore our classic soapstone varieties below and view the lots and slab options from the United States and Brazil currently available in our warehouses and showrooms.
Mined in Virginia, USA, Alberene soapstone varieties, including Church Hill Reserve and Old Dominion, range from light gray to almost black and feature striking white veining. The texture is soft and smooth but not shiny.
A low talc content makes this Brazilian-mined soapstone harder than average. Anastacia soapstone is naturally dark gray but becomes almost black when treated with oil or wax, which brings out its distinctive carbonite veining.
From the Mariana region of Brazil, this light gray soapstone turns black with sparse white veining after mineral oil treatment. Barroca™ is considered a very traditional soapstone.
Ash-gray before treatment, Brazilian Belvedere soapstone turns very deep and dark with a gray-green tint after oil or wax is applied. Belvedere soapstone is harder than average and features a very light vein pattern.
Light gray Fantasia soapstone features bold white veining throughout prior to treatment. Once treated, the veins dominate the foreground, giving this Brazilian-mined soapstone a dramatic appearance.
This Brazilian soapstone is light gray and uniform in color. After treatment, Ipanema soapstone becomes dark with a slight hint of green and light, flowing veins.
When left untreated, this blue-gray soapstone resembles poured concrete. After the application of oil or wax, Manhattan Gray soapstone turns black with mild white veining for a classic look.
Plenty of white veins flow evenly throughout this light gray soapstone. Once Margarida soapstone is treated, the veins become more pronounced as the background turns dark charcoal.
A light gray with a notable pattern, this soapstone becomes a rich charcoal with enhanced veining after treatment. Marina soapstone is smooth with a silky texture and resembles poured concrete.
Rainforest Green soapstone is not mined anywhere near the rainforest—it comes from the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil—but is named for its rich coloring.
The veining in this traditional soapstone variety from Brazil is reminiscent of classic marble. Once treated, Santa Rita soapstone turns dark blue-green with enhanced white veining.
This low-talc soapstone variety is harder than others. Ash gray with prominent white veins before treatment, Stormy Black soapstone darkens dramatically after the application of oils.