SOAP STONE POWDER
Soapstone is a metamorphic rock that is widely known for various commercial applications. It serves as a raw material for the paint industry, paper industry, cosmetics, ceramics, etc. Such industry giants can only rely on harder grades of soapstone for their further production.
What is Soapstone Powder?
Soapstone powder is a naturally occurring magnesium-rich mineral. It is also known as talc or steatite and is denoted by a chemical formula: H2Mg3(SiO3)4, i.e., hydrated magnesium silicate.
This unique mineral forms under the earth’s surface where the tectonic plates are subducted. Despite being particularly dense, soapstone is easy to carve.
So, quarrying it from an outcrop is done manually using quartzite tools. Later, the white, grey, or pale green mineral is crushed to form lumps and powder.