A clay mineral composite made up of hydrated magnesium silicate and corn starch, talc is one of the most widely used personal products for over a century. Commonly referred to as “baby powder” or “talcum powder”, talc is an extremely soft mineral compound that ranges in color from white to grey or green. Due to the clay content, it also has a slightly greasy texture. Soapstone is a metamorphic rock and is composed predominantly of talc. A naturally occurring metamorphic mineral, talc results from the metamorphism of magnesian minerals like serpentine, pyroxene, amphibole, and olivine. It is commonly found in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Talc is used in making paper, plastic, paint and similar coatings, rubber, food, electric cables, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and ceramics. Soapstone, a greenish high-talc rock also called steatite, is often used for making stoves, sinks, electrical switchboards, and laboratory table tops due to its natural resistance to heat, electricity, and acids.
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