I don't have a butter conditioner in my fridge so use butter like we did as a kid - butter in the fridge, a butter dish for everyday use. So it's hard in winter and very soft in summer. This butter bell has the butter in a cup upside down in a cup of water, keeps it soft and sealed from the air. It's working well in summer, the water is cooler than air temp, but I wonder about in winter, the water would be cold, as cold as air temp. But they say it makes butter soft in winter...I'll have to wait for winter. Sort of an Xmas gift - my wife won a Xmas food hamper in a raffle, and this was in it.