A small drought resistant tree known as "Karite” or Shea grows in thesouthern Sahelian region of South Africa. A small nut, rich in vitamin F, is extracted from the fruit of this tree. It is dried, pounded and smoothed between two stones. The women of this region then transform this brownpaste into a soft white butter. Shea Butter is the best-known natural moisturizer you can use. It is nourishing and soothing while protecting the skin from the elements. Even though you may think it will be greasy, it isn’t. It is very rich and requires only a small amount.