Sopastone has been used in Persia, ancient Egypt, Crete, North America, today it is used widely in the industry from cosmetics to ceramics. Soapstone was used in North America for cooking accessories and pipes, some ornaments go back 5000 years into the past when the natives travelled in canoes to the island of San Clemente. Cooking accessories were also produced by Scandinavians when the figured out Soapstone can endure very low and high temperatures.
Ancient Egyptians used Soapstone for cooking accessories, ornaments, talismans, and cosmetics. In cosmetics it was ground and used as facial and baby powder. After Arabs colonized Egypt the beduins started with large Soapstone mining operations which was largely exported to Europe. One of the most important mines was Wadi Abu Qureya which is an archeological site today.