Shea Butter for dry skin. Shea Butter, also known as Karite Butter, is the natural fat extracted from the fruit of the Karite tree. Shea Butter is beneficial to the skin and hair. It is amazing how soft, yet non-greasy, it leaves the skin. It is even a natural protection against the ultra-violet rays that cause sunburn. Work it through dry, damaged hair, treat dry cuticles or even protect your lips.