Disclaimer - all products were purchased by me.
When I did a quick review of Haus of Gloi's Nefarious Gingerbread Man I didn't realize at the time that I had something similar lurking about in the stash. Enter Solstice Scents Dark Ginger Spicecake. Both are gingerbread and patchouli blends, so let's see how they compare.
Just a quick note - Dark Ginger Spicecake was reformulated for the 2016 release. The one I have is from 2015. I'm unsure how the two versions differ but I imagine they'd be pretty similar.
Nefarious Gingerbread Man
Gingerbread dough with red ginger root, black patchouli, sticky resins and swirls of nag champa incense.
The gingerbread really doesn't play much of a role here but for the few moments I can smell it, it's stronger on the spices. It's quickly overpowered by the patchouli which is the star of the show. This is more of a dark, earthy blend rather than foody, and the best way I can describe the 'chouli is humid and sticky. Very masculine, the sillage is extremely strong and I could smell this long after I washed it off.
Dark Ginger Spicecake
Gingerbread, vetiver, patchouli, cedar, amber, benzoin.
This one is more balanced between the foody and earthy elements. The gingerbread is prominent for the first few hours and while the patchouli is detectable, it hangs out in the background for now. It's a sweet, somewhat buttery gingerbread with a delicate touch of spice and a cozy, homey feel. Once it fades the patchouli is all that remains, lighter and quieter than the one in Nefarious without the stickiness. Dark Ginger Spicecake leans more unisex with a moderate sillage.
These ended up being two completely different scents. I'll take foody over earthy any day, so Solstice Scents is my preference. But if you're looking for something darker and dirtier, you'd most likely prefer Haus of Gloi's version.