Solid Wood Countertops
With the proper protective finish a solid wood counter top will wear forever. If you have a dent or discoloration just sand it down.. I have found marine varnish to stand up the best, just buff out the high gloss with fine steel wool to the desired luster. Non toxic food grade silicone or raw linseed oil are the only non toxic finishes that I am aware off. Shellac is a nice non toxic finish but will not stand up to water, for that matter plastic lamanant's can't take much water before they start lifting off the substrate.
Old Growth Hart Yellow PineThis wood has an enormous amount of Pine pitch and a sweet fill the room smell. The growth rings are exceptionally tight packed. The pitch or sap of Yellow Pine is used to make Turpentine.