Soapstone is nowhere near as hard as granite, however, it is virtually non-porous. This explains why it is the material of choice for use in laboratory and chemical tables and benches.
It is available usually in a green to gray/green color but sometimes can be more blackish grey. Most people choose to “oil” the surface of their soapstone with mineral oil which after several easy applications over the course of a year or so will develop a beautiful patina. Soapstone with a leathered finish is particularly nice and the people who use soapstone in their kitchen love it.